With this daily feature, The Eagle runs down breaking local developments in the coronavirus crisis.
THE NUMBERS: Five new confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported Sunday in Berkshire County, pushing the total to 723. The county's death toll remained at 50, the state Department of Public Health said.
The DPH said three new deaths were reported in Massachusetts, lifting the statewide total to 9,295. Deaths including those listed as probably caused by COVID-19 is 9,510. Confirmed cases rose 626 to 132,440.
The case totals (and death counts) in neighboring counties: Franklin, up six to 421 (68); Hampshire, up eight to 1,324 (148); Hampden, up 58 to 8,493 (789).
According to data provided by Johns Hopkins University, 113,768 people in Massachusetts with COVID-19 have recovered.
WHERE CASES ARE RISING LOCALLY: Pittsfield, North Adams, Williamstown, West Stockbridge and Great Barrington had the most new COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days, according to the state Department of Public Health's latest weekly report, released Wednesday.
Here's the breakdown: Pittsfield saw six new cases for a new total of 232. Williamstown and North Adams each had five new cases, for new totals of 96 and 62, respectively.
The numbers put Williamstown in the "yellow" category in the state's warning system, with 4.8 cases per 100,000 population in the last 14 days.
These towns also saw new cases: Adams (3, new total 46), Dalton (2, new total 22), Great Barrington (1, new total 83), Lenox (1, new total 20) Richmond (2, new total 7), Sandisfield (1, new total 8), West Stockbridge (1, new total 8).
LAST TWO WEEKS AT A GLANCE: In its weekly report last Wednesday, the state Department of Public Health provided this COVID-19 data for Berkshire County:
Total number of cases: 716 (723 as of Sunday)
Cases in last 14 days: 27
Relative change: Lower
Total tests: 64,872
Tests last 14 days: 13,076
Number positive results last 14 days: 30
Percent positive: 0.23
Change in percentage of positive cases: No change
LONG-TERM CARE PICTURE: As of Sunday, 24,953 cases have been confirmed among residents and staff of long-term care facilities, a one-day increase of two. In all, 385 facilities have had at least one confirmed case and have seen 6,104 deaths linked to COVID-19, the same as Saturday.
WORLD OF COVID: Global cases top 35,025,996, with 1,034,974 deaths, according to data provided by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. has seen 7,417,872 cases and 209,802 deaths.
LEADING INDICATORS: The state Department of Public Health provides the following statistics as indicators in the fight against coronavirus infection. Each provides a number and then a change in either the count or "lowest observed value." Sunday's figures:
- Seven-day weighted average of positive test rate: 1.1, up 39 percent (Lowest value=0.8)
- Three-day average of number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals: 425, up 41 percent (Lowest value=302)
- Number of hospitals using surge capacity to care: 2
- Three-day average of COVID-19 deaths: 13, up 39 percent (Lowest value=9)
AT THE COLLEGES: The Williams College daily dashboard said the campus had one confirmed COVID-19 case in the last 24 hours. Since Aug. 17, the school has administered 17,207 tests and those produced five positive results. Also, 3,287 tests in the last seven days produced one positive result.
AT THE HOSPITALS: As of Sunday, Berkshire Medical Center and Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington had no COVID-19 cases.
The patient count for other western Massachusetts hospitals: Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, no cases; Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, one case; Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, 19 cases; Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, four cases; Holyoke Hospital, one case; Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield, one case. The numbers include both confirmed and suspected cases.
Statewide, 438 people are hospitalized, with the latest daily admission of 156 people. Of those hospitalized, 83 are in ICU and 27 are on ventilators.
To date, 4,265,786 people in Massachusetts have been tested for the virus, according to Johns Hopkins.
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