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With this daily feature, The Eagle runs down breaking local developments in the coronavirus crisis.

THE NUMBERS: Berkshire County's death toll increased by one Monday to 50, with the confirmed COVID-19 case count up two to 713, the state Department of Public Health said.

The DPH said 11 new deaths were reported in Massachusetts, pushing the statewide total to 9,202. Deaths including those listed as probably caused by COVID-19 is 9,415. Confirmed cases rose 367 to 128,793.

The case totals (and death counts) in neighboring counties: Franklin, 410 (68); Hampshire, up four to 1,230 (144); Hampden, up 41 to 8,240 (up two to 778).

According to data provided by Johns Hopkins University, 111,479 people in Massachusetts with COVID-19 have recovered.

LONG-TERM CARE PICTURE: As of Monday, 24,869 cases have been confirmed among residents and staff of long-term care facilities. In all, 383 facilities have had at least one confirmed case and have seen 6,045 deaths linked to COVID-19.

BMC TEST RESULTS: As of Monday, Berkshire Medical Center reported having tested 26,718 people, with 658 positive results. There were 258 pending test results.

WORLD OF COVID: Global cases top 33,230,260, with 999,369 deaths, according to data provided by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. has seen 7,139,734 cases and 204,967 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." Monday's figures:

- Seven-day weighted average of positive test rate: 0.9, up 13 percent

- Three-day average of number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals: 393, up 30 percent

- Number of hospitals using surge capacity to care: 2

- Three-day average of COVID-19 deaths: 13, up 36 percent

POLE POSITION: Hook, line and sinker. That's how taken Massachusetts residents are with fishing this year. GBH, the Boston public media group, reports that the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife issued 32 percent more licenses for freshwater fishing this year, compared to past years.

The report suggested that the pandemic was the lure — hooking people in search of new hobbies during the pandemic that also fit social-distancing practices.

The state issued 138,000 fishing licenses through August, up from the average in past years of about 104,000. Saltwater licenses went up by about the same percentage, rising from 110,000 on average in past years to 134,000 in 2020.

AT THE COLLEGES: The Williams College daily dashboard said the campus had administered 13,925 tests for COVID-19 since Aug. 17 and those produced four positive results. Also, 2,446 tests in the last seven days produced one positive result.

The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts said that as of last Wednesday it had tested 1,797 people with three positive results. In the last seven days leading up to that, 515 tests found one positive case.

AMHERST CLUSTER: Contract tracing work is underway to identify anyone affected by a cluster of COVID-19 cases stemming from an off-campus party in Amherst. The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports that 13 students who live in the area, not on campus, tested positive last week for the virus and steps are being taken to reach people with whom they came in contact.

The affected students are in isolation, the school said. This semester, only about 1,000 students are living on campus, compared to the normal count of 14,400. Students living off-campus are asked to undergo testing twice a week at the Mullins Center.

AT THE HOSPITALS: As of Monday, Berkshire Medical Center reported caring for two COVID-19 patients in the last seven days. Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington had no cases.

Statewide, 418 people are hospitalized, with the latest daily admission of 164 people. Of those hospitalized, 85 are in ICU and 31 are on ventilators.

To date, 3,881,846 people in Massachusetts have been tested for the virus, according to Johns Hopkins.

To contribute news to The Checkup, please email lparnass@berkshireeagle.com or call 413-588-8341.


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