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Lindsey Hollenbaugh | Quarantined with kids: Upside to all of this? There's parking in Stockbridge ... Today, I did something I swore I would never do in the heat of summer: hang out in Stockbridge. Not that I don’t love the adorable, Rockwellian town that is home to some of my favorite local spots — Naumkeag, The General Store, Berkshire Theatre Group — but there’s usually just too many tourists and too few parking spots for this Berkshirites’ taste.
The Checkup: More communities get 'red' map treatment, signaling virus risk NEW MAP TWEAKED: Two more Western Massachusetts communities have been added to the red category under the state's new color-coded accounting for COVID-19 infection and transmission: Granby and Holyoke.
Red communities jump to 11 under new Mass. virus tracking; Pittsfield still green Seven new communities have been added to the red category under the state's new color-coded municipal measurement of COVID-19 infection and spread levels. Fall River, Granby, Holyoke, Hull, …
The Checkup: State DPH no longer listing county death totals THE NUMBERS: For the first time in months, the state Department of Public Health did not report county-level totals Wednesday on coronavirus cases and deaths.
The Checkup: No Berkshires communities listed for stepped-up anti-virus effort PITTSFIELD STANDS ALONE: Of all 32 cities and towns in Berkshire County, only Pittsfield made it onto a new state map that flags areas of concern, in light of the pandemic.
The Checkup: Drive to aid Berkshires nonprofits garnered nearly $3M in donations MUSCLING UP LOCAL NONPROFITS: Nearly $3 million. That's how much local groups were able to mobilize from donors so they could rush funding to Berkshires nonprofits ...
The Checkup: Will we ever see the second part of Phase 3? TODAY'S JEOPARDY ANSWER: Obstacle courses, laser tag, roller skating, trampolines and indoor …

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With this daily feature, The Eagle runs down breaking local developments in the coronavirus crisis. BABY STEPS ON RESUMPTION OF TRIALS: The Supreme Judicial Court rolled out a plan this week on …

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Watch: Gov. Baker delivers daily COVID-19 briefing Gov. Charlie Baker delivers his daily coronavirus update, along with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders.
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A list of resources about the coronavirus, community-based supports These are community, local, state, federal and other online resources about the coronavirus and preparation for you, your family and your home, as well as aid services for individuals and families in need.
Updated: Here's what's closed in the Berkshire community because of the potential COVID-19 outbreak These groups have cancelled events because of the potential spread of COVID-19.
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The Checkup: Pandemic pinches wallets at supermarket CHECKING OUT THE CHECKOUT: The cost of food purchased at grocery stores has gone up more in the last few months than in decades.
Fauci: "Anti-Science Feeling" Obstructing Path to Normality Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said Wednesday he's "cautiously optimistic" that efforts to develop a COVID-19 vaccine will be successful, and projected that more answers will be …
The Checkup: Uncertainty no friend of business confidence HOPES SLUMP, SURVEY FINDS: Worries about a serious rebound of the coronavirus in the state are weakening confidence in the economy.
The Checkup: Access to COVID-19 tests thin in region With this daily feature, The Eagle runs down breaking local developments in the coronavirus crisis. `NO COORDINATION' IN TESTING: A report by Karen Brown of NEPR notes that getting a timely …
The Checkup: Numbers of people in isolation rise, but not yet to earlier levels With this daily feature, The Eagle runs down breaking local developments in the coronavirus crisis. A LAST LOOK AT LAST WEEK'S NUMBERS: Last week, 3,141 people in …
The Checkup: First additional Berkshire County COVID-19 death reported since July 3 THE NUMBERS: Berkshire County's death toll rose by one Thursday to 46. The confirmed COVID-19 case count was unchanged at 648, the state Department of Public Health said.
The Checkup: Eleven new cases in Pittsfield in last week COMMUNITY DATA: Here are the latest figures from the state Department of Public Health on confirmed coronavirus cases by city and town. In the past week there were two new cases in Egremont, one in Lee, one in Sheffield, two in Lenox, two in North Adams and 11 in Pittsfield. Hinsdale and Sandisfield ...
The Checkup: Two new cases in Berkshire County THE NUMBERS: Berkshire County's death toll remained at 45 Tuesday. If it holds until Monday, the county will not have seen a COVID-19 death for a month. The confirmed case count rose by two to 647, the state Department of Public Health said.
Mass. COVID-19 case counts on the rise again BOSTON — There were nearly 500 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Massachusetts over the weekend and the percentage of tests that come back positive for the coronavirus is rising.
The Checkup: More about those new fines for quarantine violators THOSE NEW RULES ON TRAVEL: Starting Saturday, people coming in to Massachusetts from most U.S. states will have to quarantine themselves for 14 days, or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the previous 72 hours. Failure to comply can result in fines of $500 a day.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Stock indexes barely budged on Wall Street Friday, leaving the S&P 500 just shy of its record once again. The S&P 500 edged down 0.58 points, or less than 0.1%, to …
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — If you haven't filled out the 2020 census form yet, you may be getting an email, call or questionnaire in the mail asking you to answer the questions. The U.S. Census …
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s high school athletic board has voted to begin practices for football and other fall sports Aug. 24 and games less than two weeks later. The decision pushes aside …
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service has sent letters to 46 states and the District of Columbia, warning it cannot guarantee all ballots cast by mail for the November election will arrive …
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A Colombian fast food chain is planning to turn its branches into automated restaurants at a moment when the coronavirus pandemic has slammed the food service industry …
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Martin Langeveld | Corona Diary: We're looking at a recession on a par with the Depression Back on Jan. 15, I visited my financial adviser to see how our nest egg is doing, as I do every year. As usual, the conversation included speculation about whether a recession might happen …
Podcast | Don Morrison commentary: Going viral Here's a little podcast on our government's current epidemic of denial. Don Morrison, who produces his eponymous Don Morrison Commentary, is an author, lecturer, member of The Berkshire Eagle's …
Letter: Serious crisis must be treated seriously To the editor: First the disclaimer: I hope every single word of this letter is wrong. In Berkshire County right now, we are facing an unprecedented medical, humanitarian and economic crisis …
Letter: Facts, not fear, are fueling response To the editor: I respectfully disagree with Ronald Hersh's assessment of the coronavirus response ("Fear is fueling coronavirus reaction," letter March 14.) Does media fear-mongering exist? Of …
Letter: Helping out during pandemic To the editor: As the vibrant life in the beautiful Berkshires shuts down with the coronavirus precautions, there are things we can do to protect the institutions and businesses that mean so much …
Elliott Greenblott: Fraud Watch | Beware of coronavirus-related scams With the spread of COVID-19, a number of scams and phishing attempts have appeared recently. Scammers impersonate officials with federal health services, state health departments, Homeland …
US study testing possible treatment for coronavirus OMAHA, Neb. — The first clinical trial in the U.S. of a possible coronavirus treatment is underway in Nebraska and eventually is expected to include 400 patients at 50 locations around the …
Benjamin Abelow, M.D.: Could inexpensive generic drugs stop a dangerous pandemic? GREAT BARRINGTON — Whether or not the new coronavirus disease known as COVID-19 strikes the U.S. hard, events in China and elsewhere are a frightening reminder that modern societies are highly …
Donald Morrison: A plague on all our houses BECKET — I lived in Beijing for two years and Hong Kong for seven, and never came down with anything more lethal than a head cold. But now, a decade after quitting the Middle Kingdom, I am …
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Pittsfield schools to go fully remote at first PITTSFIELD — Pittsfield Public Schools plans to begin remotely on Sept. 15, Superintendent Jason "Jake" McCandless said Wednesday, and does not expect to bring most students back to classrooms, …
Sergeant alleges sex harassment, bias, retaliation within Williamstown Police Department WILLIAMSTOWN — A longtime sergeant in the Williamstown Police Department says he and others have, for years,  been subjected to a hostile work environment that included unwanted sexual …
Morse cites link between allegations, state party volunteer PITTSFIELD — Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse is calling for an independent investigation into the role an attorney associated with the state Democratic Party played in shaping an allegation lodged …
Great Barrington officer gets probation in off-duty OUI GREAT BARRINGTON — A town police officer charged last spring with drunken driving while off duty will serve one year of probation.

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