Baystate reports 39 COVID-19 cases; Cooley Dickinson confirms 5, no inpatients

  • Workers construct a rapid response triage outside the Emergency Department at Baystate Health in Springfield, March 16.

Published: 3/21/2020 7:08:37 PM

Baystate Health said Sunday that 39 patients have tested positive so far for the coronavirus disease COVID-19. Cooley Dickinson Hospital reported Sunday that five people at the Northampton hospital have tested positive for the disease.

Six of the patients at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield were transferred in recent days from Buckley HealthCare Center, a 120-bed nursing home in Greenfield, according to officials, who said Sunday that eight people at the nursing home have tested positive for COVID-19.

As of Sunday, Baystate Health has tested 600 people, according to a statement from spokeswoman Shelly Hazlett. Of those who received a test, 271 tested negative for COVID-19 and 290 are still pending.

Baystate Health operates four hospitals — Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield, and Baystate Wing Hospital in Palmer. The numbers provided by Baystate are tallies for all four locations.

At Cooley Dickinson in Northampton, there are no COVID-19 inpatients. Seventy-six people are under investigation for COVID-19 or have tests pending, according to spokeswoman Christina Trinchero.

Massachusetts health officials reported three new deaths from the coronavirus on Sunday, bringing the state’s total to five. State health officials say two men in their 70s, from Hampden and Berkshire counties, and a man in his 90s from Suffolk County died of illness related to COVID-19. All three had been hospitalized, and the Berkshire County man had an underlying health condition.

Officials announced the state’s first death on Friday. That case involved a man in his 80s from Suffolk County. The second death was reported Saturday, a Middlesex County woman in her 50s.

As of Sunday, health officials say 646 Massachusetts residents had tested positive for COVID-19. Residents have been asked to avoid crowds and to stay 6 feet away from others as the state works to prevent spread of the virus.

Holyoke Medical Center has said it will not share numbers of COVID-19 tests or results with news reporters.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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