With this daily feature, The Eagle runs down breaking local developments in the coronavirus crisis.
THE NUMBERS: For the second day, the number of new COVID-19 cases topped 1,000 in Massachusetts. Berkshire County saw 10 new cases Sunday, pushing the total to date to 761. The Berkshire County death toll was unchanged at 51, the state Department of Public Health said.
The DPH said 24 new deaths were reported in Massachusetts, pushing the statewide total to 9,640. Deaths including those listed as probably caused by COVID-19 is 9,864. Confirmed cases rose 1,097 to 147,120.
The case totals (and death counts) in neighboring counties: Franklin, up one to 461 (72); Hampshire, up eight to 1,449 (up one to 154); Hampden, up 47 to 9,548 (up two to 811).
According to data provided by Johns Hopkins University, 122,856 people in Massachusetts with COVID-19 have recovered.
THANKSGIVING ON ICE?: This won’t be a popular thing to say, Gov. Charlie Baker said last week. That’s how a politician delivers unwelcome news. With a bib.
Baker said last week that state residents should consider not traveling to Thanksgiving gatherings this year.
“The one thing I would say is this might be a good year … not to travel,” Baker said. “One of the things that creates spread is a whole bunch of people who are in one place.”
Baker said members of his staff have been quizzing public health experts about this. The administration is expected to say more soon. “I get the fact that people are making plans and we’ll probably have more to say with the public health folks in the next few days,” Bake said.
LONG-TERM CARE PICTURE: As of Sunday, 25,485 cases have been confirmed among residents and staff of long-term care facilities. In all, 391 facilities have had at least one confirmed case and have seen 6,341 deaths linked to COVID-19.
WORLD OF COVID: Global cases top 42,912,830, with 1,152,729 deaths, according to data provided by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. has seen 8,631,921 cases and 225,212 deaths.
LEADING INDICATORS: The state Department of Public Health provides the following statistics as indicators in the fight against coronavirus infection. Each provides a number and then a change in either the count or “lowest observed value.” Sunday’s figures:
• Seven-day weighted average of positive test rate: 1.5, up 89 percent (one-day rate of 5 percent)
• Three-day average of number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals: 553, up 83 percent
• Number of hospitals using surge capacity to care: 1
• Three-day average of COVID-19 deaths: 17, up 86 percent
AT THE COLLEGES: The Williams College daily dashboard said the campus had administered 28,821 tests for COVID-19 since Aug. 17 and those produced five positive results.
AT THE HOSPITALS: As of Sunday, Berkshire Medical Center reported caring for one COVID-19 patient. Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington had no cases.
The patient count for other western Massachusetts hospitals: Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, no cases; Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, two cases; Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, 23 cases; Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, six cases; Holyoke Hospital, five cases; Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield, three cases. The numbers include both confirmed and suspected cases.
Statewide, 538 people are hospitalized, with the latest daily admission of 191 people. Of those hospitalized, 109 are in ICU and 45 are on ventilators. To date, 5,668,015 tests for the virus have been conducted in Massachusetts, according to Johns Hopkins.