Local hospitals see rise in positive tests for COVID-19 

  • Cooley Dickinson Hospital at 30 Locust Street in Northampton. GAZETE STAFF/KEVIN GUTTING

Staff Writer
Published: 3/23/2020 1:28:14 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Baystate Health and Cooley Dickinson Hospital on Monday released their latest COVID-19 test figures, showing an increase in patients testing positive for the coronavirus disease.

Baystate Health announced late Monday morning that 50 people have tested positive for COVID-19 — up from 39 people on Sunday.

Cooley Dickinson confirmed that as of 10 a.m. Monday, seven patients have tested positive for COVID-19 — up from five positive tests announced the day before.

State officials announced four more deaths from COVID-19, bringing the total number to nine. The number of confirmed cases is 777 — up from 646 the day before — out of more than 8,900 tests that have been administered.

Nearly 80 people have been hospitalized statewide since the start of the outbreak.

Baystate Health has tested 639 people, 332 of whom have tested negative and 257 of whom are still waiting on results. That marks an increase of 39 tests conducted by the health system since Sunday, and an increase of 61 people who have tested negative in that same period.

Cooley Dickinson has been releasing slightly different figures. The hospital has not released the total number of tests administered but has released the number of positive results and the number of people still waiting on results.

There are 57 patients awaiting test results, including eight inpatients. That is down from 76 awaiting results on Sunday, 11 of whom were in-patient.

Cooley Dickinson also stated Monday that it has 21 employees furloughed — either those awaiting COVID-19 test results, or those who feel sick but have not been tested — up from 13 on Sunday.

Dusty Christensen can be reached at dchristensen@gazettenet.com.

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