The following timeline shows incidents that took place over the past two months in Pittsfield. Each specific date lists the cumulative total of COVID-19 cases and deaths at the time.

Oct. 24: 240 cases; 6 deaths

Transmission occurs at Methuselah Bar and Lounge, where patrons included people celebrating a 21st birthday.

Oct. 31: 260 cases; 6 deaths

It is “closing day” for PortSmitt’s Lakeway Restaurant, the family-run eatery that has fallen victim to the economic pressures of the coronavirus pandemic. Transmission occurs at PortSmitt’s on this day, as well as during the preceding few days.

Meanwhile, approximately 20 people arrive at a Pittsfield residence where, health leaders say, there was a Halloween party and masks were not worn consistently indoors. Transmission occurs.

Nov. 3: 269 cases; 6 deaths

The Brick House Pub in Housatonic elects to shut temporarily, after one of its servers learned that others who had attended the same Halloween party had tested positive. The server would go on to test positive, too.

Nov. 5: 291 cases; 6 deaths

Methuselah elects to close temporarily, after learning from a patron that he tested positive after visiting Oct. 24. The Olde Heritage Tavern in Lenox closes for two days, after customers reported receiving a positive COVID-19 test result one day after eating there.

Nov. 6: 307 cases; 6 deaths

Mayor Linda Tyer attributes an “alarming rise” in new coronavirus cases to large private gatherings — namely, house parties and groups dining together at restaurants.

Nov. 7: 313 cases; 6 deaths

Guido’s Fresh Marketplace reduces capacity limits after two employees of its store tested positive for COVID-19. Staffers who had direct contact with the positive employees enter quarantine. Guido’s later reports “there is no evidence” that the virus spread within the store.

Nov. 9: 343 cases; 6 deaths

Zucchini’s and the Roasted Garlic electively close in response to positive COVID-19 tests received by one employee at each establishment. The owners advise anyone who ate at either location over the past week to monitor their health.

Nov. 11: 366 cases; 6 deaths

A data dump from a MedExpress testing site in Pittsfield reveals 104 people tested positive over the previous two weeks.

Nov. 12: 382 cases; 6 deaths

The Board of Health issues an emergency order to move backward on the state’s reopening plan. Officials announce the suspension of in-person learning, and indoor restaurant dining is suspended until further notice.

Nov. 18: 488 cases; 6 deaths

Hillcrest Commons Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Pittsfield reports its first coronavirus infections of the entire pandemic. Two residents and one staff member are sickened.

Nov. 24: 597 cases; 10 deaths

City health data reports the first coronavirus deaths in Pittsfield since June 30. Soon after, Tyer reveals that four residents of Hillcrest Commons had died of COVID-19.

Nov. 26: 636 cases; 14 deaths

Tyer warns state and local officials about a “very serious situation” unfolding at Hillcrest.

Nov. 27: 667 cases; 15 deaths

The Hillcrest outbreak worsens, and the coronavirus death toll rises to eight.

Dec. 1: 857 cases; 16 deaths

Restaurant owners deliver a petition to City Hall demanding permission to resume indoor dining. The city sees its highest one-day total of new positive cases (73) since the pandemic began.

Dec. 2: 876 cases; 19 deaths

The Board of Health allows indoor dining to resume, while imposing stricter rules than before, as cases and deaths continue rising. Health leaders say the spread of the virus slowed during the three-week indoor dining pause — if you don’t count the nursing home.

Dec. 6: 960 cases; 33 deaths

The death toll at Hillcrest Commons spikes to 24 from the 15 deaths reported days earlier.

Dec. 7-Dec. 22: Infections trend downward after a post-Thanksgiving spike in average daily cases.

Dec. 21: 1,267 cases; 46 deaths

The number of people killed by COVID-19 at Hillcrest rises to 41. To date, 15 residents of Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center in Lenox, also owned by Berkshire Healthcare, have died.

The city’s positivity rate falls below 5 percent, and the city reports that its coronavirus risk level is downgraded to “yellow” from “red.”

Sources: Pittsfield’s COVID-19 Community Impact Dashboard; articles published in The Berkshire Eagle; reporting by The Eagle.

Amanda Burke can be reached at, on Twitter @amandaburkec and 413-496-6296.

Amanda Burke covers Pittsfield City Hall for The Berkshire Eagle. An Ithaca, New York native, she previously worked at The Herald News of Fall River and the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise. Find her on Twitter at @amandaburkec.