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As of Friday, 46 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Greenfield

  • Greenfield Mayor Roxann Wedegartner  STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 4/3/2020 6:01:47 PM

GREENFIELD — As of Friday, there are 46 confirmed positive coronavirus cases within the city of Greenfield. This is an increase from Thursday’s confirmed 25 cases.

Mayor Roxann Wedegartner said at a press conference Friday this was on track with predictions that numbers would double on a fairly regular basis. Information on the number of confirmed, positive cases will be updated and published as frequently as possible.

“While I’m giving numbers, each one of those numbers represents a person,” Wedegartner said.

Before getting started, Wedegartner said she wanted to acknowledge that “the coronavirus has brought death to our doorsteps right here in Greenfield.”

“I want to offer my condolences to those families who have experienced this,” she said. “I am deeply sorry. We hold you in our hearts and our minds.”

The mayor provided further updates related to the city’s ongoing COVID-19 response. All municipal buildings will continue to be closed to the public until May 4. Despite this, the city continues to maintain essential services during this time.

The city’s COVID-19 community information line continues to provide information from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 413-775-6411. There have been 117 calls to the info line as of Friday afternoon.

“To every resident of Greenfield, there is no question this has been a major disruption to all of our lives, and we have had to ask you to make many sacrifices,” Wedegartner said. “We know that, and we honor your spirit and commitment that warms my heart.”

Wedegartner said she was inspired by the level of care and assistance provided by city staff, residents, businesses and others. She thanked both the members of the Emergency Operations Center, as well as those “on front lines,” fighting the virus. This included health care workers and public safety officials.

Personal protective equipment has been distributed by members of the Emergency Operations Center. Equipment has been distributed to nursing homes, local and regional law enforcement and fire and emergency personnel.

“I’m proud to say we have been ahead of the curve on this one,” Wedegartner said.

The city has acquired 29 tubs of sanitizing wipes, 380 bottles of hand sanitizer, three gallons of sanitizer refill, 29 boxes of gloves, 3825 individual procedural masks, 415 N95 masks, 197 pieces of eye protection, 23 lab-coats and 37 Tyvek suits.

She also thanked Superintendent Jordana Harper and school district staff, who she has worked alongside through this. “They are working to feed our children during this difficult period and have schools running online, continuing student education,” she said.

According to Wedegartner, the city has teamed with FRCOG to provide a “unified front” and resources, to help prepare other communities in Franklin County. The city received a $17,000 grant to help build health care operations at the Emergency Operations Center.

“It’s really been my privilege to lead this dynamic team of dedicated people who are working tirelessly to make sure our city remains as prepared as possible to confront the pandemic,” Wedegartner said.

Emergency Management Director and Fire Chief Robert Strahan said two members of the fire department have since been cleared to return to work after going into quarantine following interactions with patients who tested positive for COVID-19. They are still awaiting results of tests for the other four first responders.

When asked about morale among first responders, Strahan said firefighters, while concerned for public health safety, were prepared to do their jobs. He said firefighters are being given the tools and proper training to respond to emergencies properly.

“We’re doing our best to keep that moral pretty high,” Strahan said.

Zack DeLuca can be reached at zdeluca@recorder.com or 413-930-4579.


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