Baystate Health sees increase in COVID-19 patients admitted as infection rate rises statewide

SPRINGFIELD – The number of patients being treated for COVID-19 at Baystate Health hospitals has increased this week, as cases statewide and in the region continue to climb.

Officials reported 15 people confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus are being treated in one of the Baystate medical centers. None of the patients are serious enough to be in the critical care unit. One week ago, there were eight patients admitted who tested positive for COVID-19, officials said.

On Sept. 27 a dozen people were admitted to Baystate Health hospitals with COVID-19.

The number of cases statewide has been increasing this month. There are currently 40 communities listed in the high-risk category which have had an average of at least eight daily cases per 100,000 population in the past two weeks. Included on the list are Springfield, Holyoke, Worcester, Boston and Sunderland, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Baystate Medical Center, in Springfield, is currently caring for 13 of the admitted patients while the other two are at Baystate Noble, in Westfield. The company also operates Baystate Franklin Medical Center, in Greenfield and Baystate Wing Hospital, in Palmer.

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