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Lenox board weighs local virus aid options LENOX — As many of the roughly 40 downtown restaurants, retailers and other small businesses struggle for survival while some residents lose jobs or endure pay cuts, should Town Hall offer a …
The Checkup: Creativity in quarantine With this daily feature, The Eagle runs down breaking local developments in the coronavirus crisis. THE NUMBERS: As of Monday afternoon, the Berkshire County death toll from the coronavirus stood …
State offers support as coronavirus death toll rises at Williamstown Commons WILLIAMSTOWN — The coronavirus claimed several more lives at Williamstown Commons over the weekend, bringing the death toll to 10 and spurring leaders to action.
COVID-19 claims 29 Mass. residents, none from Berkshires PITTSFIELD — The coronavirus killed another 29 Massachusetts residents, with none being from the Berkshires, the state Department of Public Health said on Monday.
5 residents at Great Barrington nursing home test positive for coronavirus GREAT BARRINGTON — A cluster of residents in one unit at Fairview Commons has tested positive for the coronavirus, and the town's Health Department is working with the state and the nursing …
$4.9M water main project advances in Lee; Main St. pipe project on hold LEE — A $4.9 million water main project will flow forward in town, but another is a no-go, at least for now. The state-funded water main project, to upgrade the Eagle Mill connection, is …
In new home, North Berkshire food pantry gives volunteers room for social distance NORTH ADAMS — The fight to feed the hungry hasn't stopped for the Ed Nelson Friendship Center food pantry amid the pandemic. It's just moved a couple of blocks west.

As bakers have trouble finding yeast, Pittsfield brewer steps in to help

PITTSFIELD — Like a lot of other cooking staples, bread yeast has been in short supply due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But a local brewer is tackling that problem by using beer-making techniques …

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A list of online resources about the coronavirus, preparedness in Mass. These are local, state, federal and other online resources about the coronavirus and preparation for you, your family and your home.
Southern Vermont businesses, venues announce change of hours, closures These governmental bodies, businesses, restaurants, groups and events have adjusted hours or closed because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Updated: A list of Berkshire businesses with changes to hours operation, services These supermarkets, restaurants, libraries and other sites have changed hours of operation and/or services during the coronavirus outbreak.
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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For Berkshire eateries in extremis, beer, wine sales offer boost PITTSFIELD — Restaurants, limited to selling food only through takeout because of the COVID-19 virus, received a chance to supplement that income Friday when Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill …
Ruth Bass: Little things do mean a lot; we teeter without trivia RICHMOND — When Elissa was 13 and her father was away for the weekend, we decided it was the right time for her ears to be pierced. We went to Bruce Connor's pharmacy on West Housatonic …
Telehealth helps Berkshire doctors with key virus relief effort: Keeping people healthy One doctor worries about an elderly patient suddenly alone and unable to hold a funeral for her husband. Another fears for his patients with diabetes, hypertension and other chronic conditions that …
Berkshire OB-GYN caregivers aim to arm moms-to-be with vital info Being pregnant, preparing to welcome a new life into the world and coordinating prenatal care can be stressful for any mom-to-be; now, try doing it during a global pandemic.
Look Ahead, Pittsfield: City braces for peak coronavirus impacts, economic fallout PITTSFIELD — The coronavirus surge that leaders have feared could arrive in the Berkshires this week. Statewide, Gov. Charlie Baker predicts case counts will peak between April 10 and April …
Three Berkshire women latest to die of virus; county toll at 13 PITTSFIELD — The coronavirus killed another 15 Massachusetts residents on Saturday, including three from the Berkshires, according to the state Department of Public Health.
Mass. gets small fraction of ventilator order from national stockpile A COVID-19 testing facility for first responders opened Sunday in Foxborough after it was built in just four days, and Gov. Charlie Baker said conversations are underway about setting up similar …
Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing, working on coronavirus meds, plans $20M expansion LEE — Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing, which has been working to help develop medications to treat coronavirus, has begun preparations for a $20 million expansion of its clean room …
For some couples, pandemic brings with it the wedding bell blues It took Tara Mayotte and her fiance, Joe Ramirez, 10 years to plan their wedding.
Coronavirus tracker: Statewide updates for Saturday evening BOSTON — The number of deaths in Massachusetts caused by the coronavirus eclipsed 200 on Saturday with 24 new fatalities from COVID-19 reported by the Department of Public Health. It has …
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin is asking hundreds of thousands of voters to ignore a stay-at-home order in the midst of a pandemic to participate in Tuesday's presidential primary election, …
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders are jolting ahead with another coronavirus rescue package as President Donald Trump indicated that Americans will need more aid during the stark …
WASHINGTON (AP) — In an extraordinary broadside punctuated with profanity, the Navy’s top leader accused the fired commander of the coronavirus-stricken USS Theodore Roosevelt of being …
Colleges across the nation are scrambling to close deep budget holes and some have been pushed to the brink of collapse after the coronavirus outbreak triggered financial losses that could total …
UFC 249 is still on schedule for April 18, with Tony Ferguson fighting Justin Gaethje for an interim lightweight title in the main event.Although UFC President Dana White hasn’t announced a …
SEATTLE (AP) — A statistical model cited by the White House generated a slightly less grim figure Monday for a first wave of deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. — a …
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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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Letter: BMC isn't backing up nurses who get sick To the editor: I've been an ICU nurse here in the Berkshires for almost 37 years. I love nursing. I love critical care. From my heart, I want to thank so many - our coworkers from all …
Fourth resident at Williamstown Commons dies from virus WILLIAMSTOWN — Another resident of Williamstown Commons has died at the facility after a battle with the COVID-19 virus, according to a spokeswoman for Berkshire Healthcare Systems, the owner …
COVID-19 kills three from the Berkshires, 24 statewide PITTSFIELD — The coronavirus killed another 24 Massachusetts residents, three from the Berkshires, according to the state Department of Public Health on Saturday.
Local housing experts gird for 'tsunami' of foreclosures PITTSFIELD — Job losses in the Berkshires = housing trouble ahead. That's an equation Brad Gordon knows too well. In light of the coronavirus slump, he has been thinking about how the Great …
Pittsfield firefighters snuff out kitchen fire they noticed on separate call PITTSFIELD — A structure fire that firefighters accidentally discovered on Saturday while responding to another call caused fire, smoke and water damage to a second floor apartment at 280 …

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