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The Checkup: School nurses coached on coronavirus safety With this daily feature, The Eagle runs down breaking local developments in the coronavirus crisis. NURSES COACHED ON VIRUS: Schools that are actually welcoming students back face new rules on …
The Checkup: County sees 25 new COVID-19 cases in last two weeks LAST TWO WEEKS AT A GLANCE: In its weekly report Wednesday, the state Department of Public Health provided this COVID-19 data for Berkshire County:
The Checkup: Business confidence still lagging, but ahead of Great Recession outlook A MORSEL OF GOOD NEWS: If you're looking for good news, consider this: A popular measure of business confidence in Massachusetts stands higher today than its historic low in the midst of the Great Recession. But alas, not by much.
The Checkup: Singing the runway blues at Bradley International BRADLEY RIDERSHIP HURTING: The unwillingness of people to board a plane in the pandemic says a lot about public confidence in safety measures taken by the airlines. At Bradley International Airport, regaining that trust is a work in progress.
The Checkup: Berkshire County saw 30 new cases in 14 days COUNTY CASES AT A GLANCE: In its weekly report, the state Department of Public Health provided this COVID-19 data for Berkshire County as of Sept. 2:
The Checkup: Active virus cases heading wrong direction in Massachusetts CASES ON RISE: The State House News Service reports that the number of active coronavirus cases rose 9 percent in a week. The count has been flat or rising in the last two months. That's significant, because families are preparing to send children back to school in many districts.
The Checkup: Testing numbers rise, but still short of governor's goal TESTING NUMBERS RISE: The number of tests conducted for COVID-19 topped 30,000 (based on a seven-day average) for the last two weeks, according to Gov. Charlie Baker, twice the number in mid-July and nearly three times June's level.

The Checkup: Latest COVID-19 case is second for Williams College

CASES AT WILLIAMS COLLEGE: The New York Times database on coronavirus cases at American colleges and universities lists one case for Williams College. But there have been at least two reported by the school, an official confirms.

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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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Lindsey Hollenbaugh | Quarantined with kids: 171 days together, but who's counting? 171. That’s how many days David and I have been home together since Massachusetts schools closed on March 13 in response to COVID-19. That’s how many days “David and Mommy’s Awesome Adventure” lasted. I went back today and read my first column, published Monday, March 16. I wrote: “When I picked up my 4-year-old son from preschool Friday afternoon, hours after Pittsfield schools had announced a two-week closure (now three weeks), I didn’t know what to say to him. The parents put on their bravest faces, shuffled their little learners into cars and waved goodbye. When we got home, I tried my best to explain that he wouldn’t see his friends, or beloved teacher, for a few weeks.”
The Checkup: Williams College reports one positive COVID-19 test WILLIAMS COLLEGE REPORTS POSITIVE CASE: The college's daily dashboard said Sunday that one test for COVID-19 had produced a positive result in the last 24 hours.
The Checkup: Where 20 most recent COVID-19 cases came in Berkshire County COMMUNITY DATA: Here are this week's figures from the state on confirmed coronavirus cases by city and town in Berkshire County. Results are for communities with five or more cases.
The Checkup: Berkshire County sees 20 new cases in last 14 days WEEKLY TALLY ON BERKSHIRE COUNTY: In its weekly report, the state Department of Public Health provided this COVID-19 data for Berkshire County: Total number of cases: 648
The Checkup: 3 area public safety departments land federal bucks FEDERAL BUCKS LAND HERE: Three fire and police departments in the region will get money to help protect staff members from coronavirus infection while out on calls.
The Checkup: Free wifi hotspots extended through year by state HOTSPOTS WILL HANG IN THERE: The free — and fast — internet hotspots created to help those without home broadband will remain in place through the year.
The Checkup: State restores daily accounting of virus cases, deaths by county THE NUMBERS: Berkshire County's death toll stood at 46 as of Thursday, with the confirmed COVID-19 case count rising one, to 377, the state Department of Public Health said. The agency has resumed providing that daily statistic.
Rapid Response Program would deploy to school COVID-19 clusters BOSTON — As students prepare to go back to school in many districts across Massachusetts, the state is preparing for the possibility of COVID-19 outbreaks at schools. Gov. Charlie Baker said …
The Checkup: State provides case numbers for Berkshire County NEW COMMUNITY CASE TOTALS RELEASED: The state Department of Public Works provided updates Wednesday on coronavirus cases by community. Number of cases in Berkshire County: 632. Number of deaths in Berkshire County: 46.
The Checkup: After deaths, back to drawing board at Holyoke Soldiers' Home AFTER DEATHS, BACK TO DRAWING BOARD: Six years ago, the state hired a company to plan renovations to the Holyoke Soldiers' Home. That design never came off the shelf. This year, the home lost 76 residents to the coronavirus.
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BEIJING (AP) — After the first shot, he had no reaction. But Kan Chai felt woozy following the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine approved for emergency use in China. “When I was driving on …
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Justin Turner homered twice and AJ Pollock, Will Smith and Edwin Ríos also went deep as the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied to beat the Angels 9-5 on Friday to open the …
WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Neumann wrestled with the decision for weeks. She worried about the backlash, the impact it would have on her career, potential threats to her family. But the …
NEW YORK (AP) — Forced from the field by COVID-19, the Miami Marlins returned with enough force to reach the playoffs for the first time since their 2003 championship. An NL-worst 57-105 a …
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump's campaign has grown increasingly focused on making inroads in Pennsylvania to offset potential vulnerabilities in other battlegrounds. The …
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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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Berkshire restaurants owners react to new guidance on bar seating, maximum party size PITTSFIELD — Bars and nightclubs in Massachusetts will remain closed until there is a vaccine or treatment for the coronavirus, but starting Monday, restaurants will be permitted to provide bar …
'So many miracles': Father of crash survivor says Great Barrington officers saved son's life GREAT BARRINGTON — When police officer Bradley Lupiani got to the crash, he found a young man trapped in the wreckage, badly injured and struggling to breathe.
'That's 140 years old': Work continues in North Adams as maintenance crews try to fix leak in a primary water main NORTH ADAMS — For a second consecutive day, city maintenance crews worked into the evening to repair a leak in one of the city's primary water mains. "You see that pipe right there? That's …
The Checkup: Williamstown, West Stockbridge, Great Barrington lead list of new COVID-19 cases in county WHERE CASES ARE RISING LOCALLY: Williamstown, West Stockbridge and Great Barrington had the most new COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days …
In Vermont, 20-year-old motorist dies after being struck twice on Route 7 The man, identified as Frederic W. Wu, was pronounced dead at the scene. When police arrived, his body was found lying in the middle of the highway, and his car, a 2001 Saab 9-5, was resting about 100 feet down an embankment.

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