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With this daily feature, The Eagle runs down breaking local developments in the coronavirus crisis.

LOWERING THE BAR: As we enter a new week, new rules are in place governing whether people arriving in Massachusetts are required to quarantine for 14 days, or show a negative test for COVID-19.

Until Friday, the rule applied to people coming from states with disease incidence rates of 6 per 100,000. Now, it’s 10 per 100,000.

Officials with the state Department of Public Health said the change brings Massachusetts in line with travel rules with most other states.

As of Friday, the statewide average daily case rate was 8.7 per 100,000 residents. That meant people from Massachusetts would have had to quarantine if coming in to their own state.

To be considered low risk, a state’s rate must be below 5 percent. In New England, that’s the case for Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and, also, New York, and also for Washington, D.C. With the new standards, people traveling in from California, Hawaii, New Jersey and Washington do not face quarantine.

CORRECTION: In the Checkup that appeared in print Friday, the number of total COVID-19 cases to date was listed incorrectly for the town of New Marlborough. According to the state DPH, there have been nine cases in the town during the course of the pandemic.

THE NUMBERS: Berkshire County’s death toll held at 51 as of Sunday, with the confirmed COVID-19 case count at 736, up one since Friday, the DPH said. The DPH said 14 new deaths were reported in Massachusetts, pushing the statewide total to 9,517. Deaths including those listed as probably caused by COVID-19 are 9,737. Confirmed cases rose 744, to 140,647.

The case totals (and death counts) in neighboring counties: Franklin, up three, to 437 (up one, to 72); Hampshire, up 11, to 1,400 (153); Hampden, up 60, to 9,074 (798).

According to data provided by Johns Hopkins University, more than 118,892 people in Massachusetts with COVID-19 have recovered.

LONG-TERM CARE PICTURE: As of Sunday, 25,294 cases have been confirmed among residents and staff of long-term care facilities. In all, 390 facilities have had at least one confirmed case (one more since Friday) and have seen 6,278 deaths linked to COVID-19.

WORLD OF COVID: Global cases top 39,848,304, with 1,111,944 deaths, according to data provided by Johns Hopkins. The U.S. has seen 8,145,355 cases and 219,661 deaths.

LEADING INDICATORS: The DPH 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: 1.2, up 51 percent (4 percent test rate for most recent day);

• Three-day average of number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals: 499, up 65 percent;

• Number of hospitals using surge capacity to care: 1;

• Three-day average of COVID-19 deaths: 18, up 93 percent.

AT THE COLLEGES: The Williams College daily dashboard said the campus had administered 24,930 tests for COVID-19 since Aug. 17 and those produced five positive results. Also, 3,850 tests in the past seven days produced no positive results. Neither the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts nor Bard College at Simon’s Rock updated their results over the weekend.

AT THE HOSPITALS: As of Sunday, Berkshire Medical Center and Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington had no COVID-19 cases.

The patient count for other Western Massachusetts hospitals: Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, no cases; Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, no cases; Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, 22 cases; Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, one case; Holyoke Hospital, six cases; Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield, two cases. The numbers include confirmed and suspected cases.

Statewide, 483 people are hospitalized, with the latest daily admission of 199 people. Of those hospitalized, 83 are in ICU and 32 are on ventilators.

To date, 5,088,797 tests for the virus have been conducted in Massachusetts, according to Johns Hopkins.

To contribute news to The Checkup, please email lparnass@berkshireeagle.com or call 413-588-8341.

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.


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