State’s coronavirus cases push 30,000 as deaths top 1,100

  • Cooley Dickinson Hospital at 30 Locust Street in Northampton. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

Staff Writer
Published: 4/15/2020 5:20:26 PM

NORTHAMPTON — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 1,755 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the state total to 29,918.

Of these cases, 239 are in Hampshire County, an increase of six from Tuesday. Franklin County has 160 cases, and Hampden County has 1,885. The state reported conducting 5,472 new tests and 132,023 tests to date.

The Massachusetts death toll from the coronavirus is now at 1,108, with 151 new deaths reported Wednesday. No new deaths were reported in Hampshire or Franklin county on Wednesday, and 19 new deaths were reported in Hampden County.

On Wednesday, the state also began releasing data on COVID-19 infections by municipality. In the area, Holyoke has the highest count, at 305. Northampton has had 59 cases since the start of the outbreak, according to the report, while Amherst has 11, Easthampton 26, South Hadley 38, Belchertown 25, Granby 12, Hadley 15, Southampton 19 and Ware 10. Other communities in the county had less than 10.

A full list of cases by municipality is available at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-cases-quarantine-and-monitoring.

The Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, which has suffered a COVID-19 outbreak since March 25, reported three more veteran deaths Wednesday, bringing total fatalities to 47. Thirty-eight of those have tested positive for the virus.

Cooley Dickinson Hospital is treating 12 inpatients with confirmed COVID-19 infection, including five patients in the intensive care unit.

A total of 38 inpatients are under investigation for COVID-19 infection, none of whom are inpatients.

The hospital has had 159 people test positive for the virus to date.

At Baystate Health hospitals, 161 inpatients have confirmed COVID-19 infections. Of these inpatients, 26 are in critical care units. Twelve inpatients are under investigation for COVID-19 infection.

Baystate Health has tested 3,116 people for COVID-19 infection so far, with 690 results coming back positive; 2,337 negative; and 89 pending results.

Two-thirds of all patients with COVID-19 were either discharged or never required admission, according to Baystate spokeswoman Shelly Hazlett.

“These are reasons for optimism,” Hazlett said. Additionally, the hospitals seem to be in a stable, or plateau, portion of the epidemic curve, she added, “which is another reason for cautious optimism.”

Jacquelyn Voghel can be reached at jvoghel@gazettenet.com.


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