With this daily feature, The Eagle runs down breaking local developments in the coronavirus crisis.
KEEPING SOCIAL TIES INTACT: Some time this week, Gov. Charlie Baker is expected to address how places like nursing homes will adjust to coming cold weather's crimp on outdoor socializing.
For Baker, it's personal. His father, who is in his 90s, lives in a long-term care center. The governor said last week he has been able to visit his dad three times in five months.
"I have a very personal appreciation for the difficulty associated with keeping seniors safe and the challenges associated with that," Baker said. "I do think outdoor visitation has been a big win, based on the feedback that we've gotten, and we've been talking to folks in the industry and folks in the public health world about how to create further opportunities for engagement, recognizing you can't stay outdoors given the changing nature of the weather."
Allowing residents to visit family and friends outside starting in June, after weeks of lockdown, was celebrated.
So what's next? Baker suggested he'll unveil the plan this week.
THE NUMBERS: Berkshire County's death toll held steady at 49 as of Sunday, with the confirmed COVID-19 case count also flat at 701, the state Department of Public Health said.
The DPH said 15 new deaths were reported as of Sunday in Massachusetts, pushing the statewide total to 9,100. Deaths including those listed as probably caused by COVID-19 is 9,310. Confirmed cases rose 340 to 125,479.
The case totals (and death counts) in neighboring counties: Franklin, 403 (67); Hampshire, up one to 1,206 (141); Hampden, up 20 to 7,986 (up one to 772).
According to data provided by Johns Hopkins University, 109,397 people in Massachusetts with COVID-19 have recovered.
LONG-TERM CARE PICTURE: As of Sunday, 24,777 cases have been confirmed among residents and staff of long-term care facilities, up two in a day. In all, 382 facilities have had at least one confirmed case and have seen 5,977 deaths linked to COVID-19, an increase of 13 over Saturday.
WORLD OF COVID: Global cases top 30,878,600, with 958,463 deaths and 21,104,512 instances of recovery, according to data provided by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. has seen 6,792,075 cases, 199,481 deaths and 2,577,446 recoveries, the school said.
LEADING INDICATORS: The state Department of Public Health provides the following statistics daily 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: 0.8 percent, unchanged
- Three-day average of number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals: 355, up 17 percent
- Number of hospitals using surge capacity to care: 2
- Three-day average of COVID-19 deaths: 16, up 71 percent
WILLIAMS COLLEGE REPORTS: The college's daily dashboard said the campus had administered 11,477 tests for COVID-19 since Aug. 17 and those produced three positive results. Also, 2,688 tests in the last seven days produced no positive results.
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, no cases; Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, 15 cases, three in ICU; Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, one case in ICU; Holyoke Hospital, five cases, none in ICU; Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield, three cases, none in ICU.
The numbers include both confirmed and suspected cases.
Statewide, 364 people are hospitalized, with the latest daily admission of 177 people. Of those hospitalized, 61 are in ICU and 34 are on ventilators.
To date, 3,337,292 people have been tested for the virus in Massachusetts, according to Johns Hopkins.
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