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Berkshire County House of Corrections reports small spike in COVID cases

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Seven inmates and two staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction. 

PITTSFIELD — The Berkshire County House of Corrections has seen a small spike in coronavirus cases recently.

Seven inmates have tested positive and are in isolation, while two staff members are positive and quarantining out of work, the Berkshire County Sheriff's office said in a statement on Thursday.

Small rise in COVID-19 cases in Berkshires is not a cause for concern, expert says

The statement qualified the number of positives as a "slight uptick in positive COVID-19 cases," in line with what it says are increasing case numbers in the county in general last week.

State data for Berkshire County reports 234 new confirmed coronavirus cases between July 21 and 28. That's up from the prior week when state data shows 217 new confirmed coronavirus cases were reported in the county.

Dr. James Lederer told The Eagle last week that the 14-day average daily cases in Pittsfield detected 44.2 cases per 100,000 people, up from a low of 26 cases on July 7.

Three new cases at jail, as COVID-19 outbreak slows

Last September, the jail had a coronavirus outbreak that spread to 15 inmates and six staff members. 

The sheriff's office said Thursday that jail had increased cleaning and fogging treatments, reinforced coronavirus safety protocols and mandated masks for when inmates let their isolation pods.

Meg Britton-Mehlisch can be reached at mbritton@berkshireeagle.com or 413-496-6149.

Pittsfield Reporter

Meg Britton-Mehlisch is the Pittsfield reporter for The Berkshire Eagle. Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, she previously worked at the Prior Lake American and its sister publications under the Southwest News Media umbrella in Savage, Minnesota.

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