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As of Wednesday, there were 32 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Berkshire County, for a seven-day rolling average of 29.1 new daily cases. That is a 39 percent increase from two weeks ago.

Berkshire Health Systems had nine hospitalized patients with positive COVID-19 tests as of Wednesday. There were no new deaths reported in Berkshire County, leaving the pandemic total at 320.

Berkshire County has high transmission, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommends wearing masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status, at substantial or high transmission levels.

Across the state, there were 1,355 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. The state had 559 hospitalized patients, with 11 new deaths reported. To date, 18,485 people in Massachusetts have died of COVID-19.

Across Massachusetts, 68.17 percent of the population is fully vaccinated, according to state data. County-level vaccination rates are reported weekly, and 65 percent of Berkshire County residents were vaccinated fully as of last week.

On Wednesday, the state reported administering 20,148 new doses.

You can get vaccinated at many local pharmacies, in addition to the following locations:

• Pittsfield COVID-19 Testing Center at 505 East St. is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• The North Adams COVID-19 Testing Center at 98 Church St. is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Fairview Hospital at 29 Lewis Ave. in Great Barrington is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Appointments are required at all locations. Call 855-262-5465 or visit

Also, Community Health Programs posts the schedule for its mobile vaccination van at Vaccines are available with no appointment necessary. For information call 413-429-2946.

Larry Parnass can be reached at and


Investigations editor

Larry Parnass joined The Eagle in 2016 from the Daily Hampshire Gazette, where he was editor in chief. His freelance work has appeared in the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Hartford Courant, CommonWealth Magazine and with the Reuters news service.