SPRINGFIELD-The number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 in Baystate Health facilities continues to increase, with the highest number of hospitalizations for the disease since February 21.
As of Sunday, Baystate Medical staff are caring for 79 patients diagnosed with COVID-19, 11 of which are being treated in the intensive care unit. Officials said 61 COVID-19 patients were admitted to Baystate Hospital last week, including 5 in the intensive care unit.
On February 21
Although more and more people are being vaccinated, the infection rate of COVID-19 has risen for several weeks. However, the demand for dosage still far exceeds the demand.
Data show that the number of cases last week increased by 20% compared with the previous week, and since hitting the low point after the surge in the week of February 28, it has increased by 44%. Due to the surge in infection rates, 55 communities in the state are currently considered high-risk groups, compared with 32 in the previous week.
Staff at Best State Medical Center in Springfield are currently caring for 68 patients. Officials say there is one at the Best State Wing Hospital in Palmer, six at the Best State Noble Hospital in Westfield, and four at the Best State Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield.