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The Checkup: 314 new cases reported in Berkshire County, up 169% in two weeks

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As of Wednesday, there were 314 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in Berkshire County, for a seven-day rolling average of 203.9 new daily cases. That is a 169 percent increase from two weeks ago.

Berkshire Health Systems had 21 hospitalized patients with positive COVID-19 tests as of Wednesday. There were no new deaths reported in Berkshire County, for a pandemic total of 351.

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 22,184 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases. The state had 3,087 hospitalized patients, with 75 new deaths reported. To date, 20,350 people in Massachusetts have died of COVID-19.

Across Massachusetts, 74.5 percent of the population is vaccinated fully, according to state data. County-level vaccination rates are reported weekly, and 72 percent of Berkshire County residents were vaccinated fully as of last week.

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

• Pittsfield – 505 East St., St Luke’s Square, adjacent to BHS Urgent Care – Open seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• North Adams – 98 Church St., next to the North Adams Library – Open seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Great Barrington – 475 Main St., next to the Great Barrington Police Department –Open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to noon.

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

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

Larry Parnass can be reached at lparnass@berkshireeagle.com and 413-588-8341.

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.

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