Hillcrest Commons (copy)

As of Wednesday, the number of residents with current COVID-19 cases rose to 129 at Hillcrest Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Pittsfield, with staff cases rising by 11 over two days to 57.

PITTSFIELD — Since Monday, 11 more staff members of the Hillcrest Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Pittsfield have been confirmed to have COVID-19. Cases among residents rose by two.

In numbers reported late Wednesday, Hillcrest's owner said that 129 residents have current confirmed cases of the disease, up from 127 as of Monday. 

The two-day increase was more marked for staff, with 57 employees now having confirmed cases of COVID-19, up from 46 as of Monday. Since the start of the pandemic, staff members have accounted for 62 cases at Hillcrest.

In other Berkshire County facilities owned by Berkshire Healthcare Systems, cases at Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center on Sunset Avenue in Lenox are the second-most numerous. The Lenox nursing home has 31 active cases among residents (39 total in the pandemic) and five cases among staff (10 for the pandemic), according to numbers posted online Wednesday night. 

North Adams Commons has one resident with a current confirmed case and one staff member with the disease. 

No current cases are reported at the two longterm care centers that saw large clusters of cases in the spring, the Williamstown Commons and Fairview Commons in Great Barrington. 

The current cases at Hillcrest dwarf the numbers seen at those other nursing homes in the spring, though COVID-19 killed far more people at the Williamstown facility.

In the course of the pandemic to date, Williamstown Commons has had 83 cases among residents and 25 cases among staff. In all, 28 residents of Williamstown Commons died last spring of the disease. 

Hillcrest, located on Valentine Road, is the second-largest nursing home in the state, with 224 residents.

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

Investigations editor

Larry Parnass, investigations editor, 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 and CommonWealth Magazine.