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

READY FOR A SURGE, IF IT COMES: “Massive.” That, says Gov. Charlie Baker, is the size of the system that sits ready now to respond to a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases this fall and winter — if that happens. The number of new cases exceeded 500 in Massachusetts for the fifth day.

In an appearance Tuesday, Baker tried to make the case that his administration has taken the right steps to deal with a potential surge in infections. He acknowledged the recent increases, but said: “For months, public health experts have forecasted this increase.”

The massive readiness includes the ability to quickly increase hospital capacity, he noted. Supplies of personal protective equipment are standing by. But he also called on the public to continue to practice social distancing.

“Household spread. Intergenerational spread. Expect to hear these terms a lot this fall,” Baker said. “We all have a role to play here, and it doesn’t end when we come home from work or the supermarket.”

In other news, Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders announced that the Stop the Spread initiative will continue through December. It provides free testing in communities with higher COVID-19 case counts. It was to wrap up at the end of this month.

THE NUMBERS: Berkshire County’s death toll stood at 51 as of Tuesday, with the confirmed COVID-19 case count rising two to 732, the state Department of Public Health said.

The DPH said 12 new deaths were reported in Massachusetts, pushing the statewide total to 9,413. Deaths including those listed as probably caused by COVID-19 is 9,630. Confirmed cases rose 632 to 137,565.

The case totals (and death counts) in neighboring counties: Franklin, 426 (71); Hampshire, up five to 1,364 (150); Hampden, up 36 to 8,854 (792).

According to data provided by Johns Hopkins University, 116,364 people in Massachusetts with COVID-19 have recovered.

LONG-TERM CARE PICTURE: As of Tuesday, 25,214 cases have been confirmed among residents and staff of long-term care facilities, a one-day rise of 12. In all, 388 facilities have had at least one confirmed case and have seen 6,209 deaths linked to COVID-19, an increase of four.

BMC TEST RESULTS: As of Tuesday, Berkshire Medical Center reported having tested 29,071 people, with 671 positive results. There were 319 pending test results; 2.3 percent of the tests have been positive.

WORLD OF COVID: Global cases top 38,006,121, with 1,083,875 deaths, according to data provided by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. has seen 7,850,829 cases and 215,775 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.” Tuesday’s figures:

• Seven-day weighted average of positive test rate: 1.2, up 51 percent

• Three-day average of number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals: 509, up 68 percent

• Number of hospitals using surge capacity to care: 3

• Three-day average of COVID-19 deaths: 13, up 36 percent

AT THE COLLEGES: The Williams College daily dashboard said the campus had administered 21,080 tests for COVID-19 since Aug. 17 and those produced five positive results. Also, 3,865 tests in the last seven days produced no positive results. Tuesday brought no new reports of cases from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts or Bard College at Simon’s Rock.

PANDEMIC PARENTING: On Thursday, the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women will give its take on how the pandemic has affected child care, education and the struggles of women and working parents. The report will be based on a survey that captured the views and experiences of 4,000 people in the state. In addition, the group gathered material from a virtual public hearing attended by 60 people.

“We are hearing about — and many of us are experiencing — increased stress levels related to the impossible task of simultaneously working and providing care at pre-COVID levels,” the commission said, offering a teaser to its report.

“We are particularly concerned about the experiences of women at the margins of society who may be without the support of a safety net,” said Denella Clark, the commission’s chairwoman.

A briefing on the report will stream at noon Thursday on the commission’s Facebook page.

AT THE HOSPITALS: As of Tuesday, Berkshire Medical Center and Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington had no COVID-19 cases. In the last 14 days, BMC has had two such patients.

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, 13 cases; Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, four cases; Holyoke Hospital, five cases; Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield, five cases. The numbers include both confirmed and suspected cases.

Statewide, 514 people are hospitalized, with the latest daily admission of 174 people. Of those hospitalized, 87 are in ICU and 27 are on ventilators.

To date, 4,815,399 people in Massachusetts have been tested for the virus, according to Johns Hopkins.

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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.