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MA Medical Center Experiencing Surge in COVID-19 Cases

According to a report from WWLP, Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, is seeing a surge of coronavirus cases, mostly in high-risk or older patients.

As of Monday morning, 21 patients were hospitalized at Baystate Medical Center with COVID-19 complications, the first time in six weeks that numbers had gone that high. For now, just one patient requires care in the intensive care unit.

Springfield retained its classification as a high-risk community this week, and the numbers are beginning to translate to growing hospitalization rates.

Although the younger half of the population is driving the numbers, the older generation is suffering the consequences. Springfield reported 319 new cases over the past two weeks and data shows that younger adults are driving those increased numbers.

According to the City Department of Public Health, 39 percent of Springfield’s COVID-19 cases are in people aged 30 and younger, while 37-percent are between the ages of 31 and 50. Despite the uptick in cases at Baystate, no one is receiving coronavirus treatment at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Baystate Wing, or Baystate Noble hospitals.