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Springfield COVID-19

The Eastfield Mall sign
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   Massachusetts moved today to phase 2 of its COVID-19 vaccine rollout with people age 75 and older now eligible.

COVID-19 testing
Courtesy of Orange County, NY government

     COVID-19 testing capacity is being expanded in the largest city in western Massachusetts. 

Moderna vaccine
Courtesy of Rockland County government

According to local officials, Massachusetts is planning to stand up a mass COVID-19 vaccination site in the greater Springfield area. 

Springfield City Councilor Jesse Lederman
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         The newly-installed president of the City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts has announced a special committee to address COVID-19 issues. 

Springfield City Hall
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

      The City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts will be on the clock during meetings this year.

A police officer gets vaccinated
Norwell Police / Twitter

    First responders in Massachusetts rolled up their sleeves today to take the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Colleen Laico, from Kingston, NY, a medical professional at the ER at Kingston Hospital, receives her COVID-19 vaccination at MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie, December 18, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

First responders in Massachusetts will be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine beginning on January 11, Gov. Charlie Baker announced Monday. 

Congressman Richard Neal
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Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal said the $900 billion COVID-19 relief package approved by Congress this week after months of back and forth between Democrats and Republicans will help stabilize the American economy and American families.  But with the ink barely dry, new economic pain is about to hit Massachusetts.

A hypodermic needle and vaccine bottle
WAMC File Photo

    The largest hospital network in western Massachusetts ran through its initial supply of COVID-19 vaccine in just five days. 

logo of the Springfield Public Schools
Springfield Public Schools

The largest school district in western Massachusetts is taking steps toward returning to in-person instruction.

a brick medical building
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         A new initiative has launched in western Massachusetts to respond to the soaring mental health issues brought about by the pandemic.

Baystate Medical Center sign
Baystate Health

COVID-19 cases are skyrocketing in western Massachusetts and healthcare officials are alarmed.

Baystate Health Monday reported 136 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 – the most of any hospital in the state.

"The amount of virus in the community and its rate of rise is alarming," said  Dr. Mark Keroack, president and CEO of Baystate Health, who warned that if hospitalizations continue to grow exponentially in December, Baystate would reach its capacity to care for both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients.

Dr. Mark Keroack speaking at podium
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

With COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts soaring along with hospitalizations, a top health official says it would not be a surprise if the state took a step back in reopening.

A scene from the Bright Nights at Forest Park light display
Spirit of Springfield

     Undimmed by the pandemic, the largest holiday light show in New England will open to the public today at sundown.

COVID-19 cases on a graph
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

      After climbing exponentially for weeks, the number of new COVID-19 cases in Springfield, Massachusetts has leveled off, but health officials fear a post-Thanksgiving surge.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

Food Bank van and AMR ambulance
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

Food insecurity in western Massachusetts is climbing along with the surge in coronavirus cases.

Baystate Medical Center sign
Baystate Health

    COVID-19 cases are exploding exponentially in western Massachusetts.

A scene from the Bright Nights at Forest Park light display
Spirit of Springfield

     Details have been announced for how the largest holiday lighting display in New England will go on this year with COVID-19 safety protocols in place. 

a student learns remotely

     Education officials in Massachusetts today said school districts should make in-person learning a priority even in places where risk levels are high for community spread of COVID-19.

       With COVID-19 cases rising, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has ordered new restrictions.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno
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As a second wave of COVID-19 cases hits Massachusetts, officials in the state’s third largest city have announced steps they’ll take to try to stop the spread of the disease. 

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

     With COVID-19 case counts remaining high in the greater Springfield, Massachusetts area, officials are wary about the upcoming holidays.

A bar graph of COVID-19 cases by ZIP code
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

    Officials in the largest city in western Massachusetts are encouraged by signs that a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases may have been tamped down.

Helen Caulton-Harris points to a chart
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

       Springfield, Massachusetts is recording its highest numbers of new COVID-19 cases in months --and it is younger people who are getting infected. 

color coded map
Massachusetts DPH

The three largest cities in Massachusetts are now all considered at high risk for COVID-19 infections according to data released by the state’s health department. 

Springfield Health and Human Services Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris with a chart
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

There has been a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases detected in Springfield, Massachusetts. 

Spirit of Springfield

At least one traditional event is not being cancelled this year because of the pandemic.

It was announced this week that Bright Nights at Forest Park in Springfield will be held.

The massive holiday light display will go on for a 26th year.  

There will be public health safety measures observed that will require some changes.

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Judy Matt, president of Spirit of Springfield, the organization that produces Bright Nights.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno

There has been an uptick in new COVID-19 cases in the largest city in western Massachusetts prompting appeals for people to stick with the state’s health and safety guidelines.


     Halloween is still several weeks away, but the largest city in western Massachusetts has made a decision about how it can safely be celebrated during the pandemic.


      More COVID-19 testing is going to be available this month in the largest city in western Massachusetts, as new challenges emerge to keeping the virus in check.