SPRINGFIELD — Despite an increase in COVID-19 infections that pushed the region’s largest city into the high- risk category, the number of patients admitted for the virus at Baystate Health hospitals has declined from the previous week.
Officials reported eight people who have tested positive for the disease are hospitalized with one in the critical care unit. That is a decline from 12 being treated on the previous Sunday and 13 people hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 on Sept. 20.
The numbers have declined dramatically from April when a high of 179 patients were being treated at Baystate Health facilities.
The decrease comes even though Springfield reported a spike in cases last week after previously seeing the daily rates of infection drop into the single digits.
Data released Wednesday by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health put Springfield in the state’s “red” or highest risk category for spread of the virus. The state bases its designations on the number of average new cases per day, per 100,000 residents, over a 14-day period.
Springfield’s rate climbed to an average of 8.3 daily cases per 100,000 people on Sept. 30. It joined communities including Boston, Worcester and Framingham in moving into the highest risk category.
Seven patients are being treated at Baystate Medical Center, in Springfield, and one person has been admitted to Baystate Franklin Medical Center, in Greenfield. The company also operates Baystate Wing Hospital, in Palmer, and Baystate Noble, in Westfield.