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Baystate Health COVID patients drop below 100 for the first time in 4 months – MassLive.com

Posted: February 14, 2021 at 4:56 pm


SPRINGFIELD The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 at Baystate Health facilities has dropped below 100 for the first time since November as more people are receiving vaccines.

Medical staff is caring for 97 patients with confirmed COVID-19 infections, of those 16 are being treated in critical care units. Last week there were 116 patients with confirmed COVID-19 admitted to Baystate hospitals, officials, Health officials said on Sunday.

The decline in hospitalizations is keeping with the decrease in infections announced in Springfield last week. There were 638 new COVID-19 cases among Springfield residents for the week of Jan. 31 to Feb. 6, compared to 911 new cases the week before, officials said.

Hospitalizations are still dramatically higher than they were in the fall, before infection rates started surging. On Oct. 4 there were eight patients with COVID-19 at Baystate Health medical facilities. Around the same time Mercy Medical Center had no patients.

The vaccine has been slowly rolling out and has been administered to health care workers, nursing and congregate home residents, police, firefighters and ambulance personnel in the area. It is now available to those who are 75 or older but supplies remain limited and there have been repeated problems with mass vaccination sites and many are finding difficult location places to make an appointment.

Staff at Baystate Medical Center, in Springfield, is currently caring for 88 of the patients. There are three at Baystate Noble in Westfield, five at Baystate Wing Hospital in Palmer and one at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, officials said.

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