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Members also voted to urge the Select Board to order a vaccination mandate for municipal employees.
Find out how hard the delta variant hit your town in Berkshire County with this graph.
Across Massachusetts, case counts and hospitalizations among people 19 and younger have continued to rise — with vaccines still yet to be authorized for younger children. And while children are at very low risk for severe illness, infections can disrupt school, force family members to quarantine and put immunocompromised members of households at risk. We take a look at the current data and what it means for back-to-school season.
Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association officials said Monday that COVID-19 cases in hospitals here are only "creeping" upward due to the state's higher vaccination rate, writing in their Monday Report that the situation compares favorably with states like Tennessee, Florida and Texas.
The policy guideline adopted Monday night applies to everyone inside Lenox public school buildings and on school transportation.
All counties in Massachusetts are now classified by the CDC at a high or substantial level of community transmission.
Seventy people have tested positive for COVID-19 in an outbreak at the North Adams Commons. Seven people have died.
The Massachusetts Public Health Council was expected to take a vote Wednesday that would formally repeal state masking regulations, but the council has decided to table that vote until its September meeting.
Starting Wednesday, the University of Massachusetts Amherst will require students, faculty, staff, contractors and visitors to wear face-coverings in all indoor public spaces, including classrooms and the common areas of residence halls.
Health officials have more than COVID-19 to worry about, though they hope their advice to wear a mask indoors in public will help. They've also confirmed some cases of rare tick-borne illnesses, as well as food-borne diseases.