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Springfield Police Superintendent Cheryl Clapprood tests positive for COVID-19

Another Springfield city official has tested positive for COVID-19.
Published: May. 18, 2022 at 10:31 AM EDT|Updated: May. 18, 2022 at 4:12 PM EDT
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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - Another high-profile Springfield city leader has tested positive for COVID-19. The police department announced Wednesday that Police Superintendent Cheryl Clapprood has contracted the virus. The news comes just a few days after Mayor Domenic Sarno tested positive and as cases remain on the rise in the city.

We are told the mayor’s condition is improving. Meanwhile, Springfield Police spokesperson Ryan Walsh said Clapprood woke up with mild symptoms this morning and tested positive with an at-home COVID-19 test.

“She’ll be working remotely for at least the next five days or so. Following CDC guidelines, from a positive test, you can return to work five days from now if you are not experiencing systems,” Walsh explained.

Walsh told Western Mass News that Clapprood took a PCR test and is waiting for the results.

“Because she is around so many people so often, she took it upon herself to test out an abundance of caution,” Walsh added.

This comes just a few days after Sarno tested positive for COVID-19. Springfield Health and Human Services Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris provided an update on his condition.

“Mayor Sarno is improving. His health, he’s feeling well and having mild symptoms…He is recovering,” Caulton-Harris said.

Western Mass News was at an event where the two high-profile leaders were seen together last Thursday. Most recently, on Tuesday, Clapprood attended a pinning ceremony at the Springfield training facility.

Walsh told us the police department is following federal health guidelines. Any staff member or police officer who came in close contact is required to mask up and if anyone is experiencing symptoms, they are required to get tested.

“We are safe as can be and are following CDC guidelines at the police department,” Walsh noted.

Meanwhile, Caulton-Harris said the city has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases over the last eight weeks. The spike not missing the city’s top leaders.

“We advise our elected officials, as well as others, to use public health precautions that we have been talking about for two and half years. We know vax and boosted will decrease the serious risk of hospitalizations,” Caulton-Harris said.