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As of Tuesday, there were 23 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Berkshire County, for a seven-day rolling average of 24.6 new daily cases. That is a 10 percent decrease from two weeks ago.

Berkshire Health Systems had 11 hospitalized patients with positive COVID-19 tests as of Monday. There were two new deaths reported in Berkshire County, for a pandemic total of 312.

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 1,283 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, according to the state, for a seven-day rolling average of 1,222. The state had 636 hospitalized patients on Tuesday, with 25 new deaths reported. To date, 18,094 people in Massachusetts have died of COVID-19.

Across Massachusetts, 66.6 percent of the population is fully vaccinated, according to state data. County-level vaccination rates are reported weekly, and 64 percent of Berkshire County residents were vaccinated fully as of last week.

On Tuesday, the state reported administering 8,112 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 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• The North Adams COVID-19 Testing Center at 98 Church St. is open for walk-ins Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Fairview Hospital at 29 Lewis Ave. in Great Barrington is open by appointment Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (855) 262-5465.

Also, Community Health Programs posts the schedule for its mobile vaccination van at chpberkshires.org/mobile. Vaccines are available by walk-in or by appointment by calling 413-429-2946. Find more information about vaccination at getvaccinatedberkshires.org.

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.