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COVID-19 kills Berkshire man; county cases rise above 300

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PITTSFIELD —  One more Berkshire resident has succumbed to COVID-19, while a total of 69 others also died from the virus in Massachusetts, the state Department of Public Health announced Thursday; countywide cases also rose above 300 for the first time.

The county's death total stands at 21, according to the state. Statewide, the death toll has risen to 503, up from 433 on Wednesday.  

The death in Berksire County announced Thursday was a man in his 90s, the state said in its daily virus update. The deaths reported Thursday reflect those occurring over more than the previous 24 hours. 

Cases in Berkshire rose to 304, up from 281 on Wednesday, according to the state. 

There also are now 2,151 new confirmed cases statewide, for a total of 18,941 statewide, up from 16,790 on Wednesday.

The cases, by county, are as follows:
• Barnstable: 444
• Berkshire: 304
• Bristol: 994
• Dukes: 9
• Essex: 2,336
• Franklin: 128
• Hampden: 1,276
• Hampshire: 177
• Middlesex: 4,045
• Nantucket: 9
• Norfolk: 2,007
• Plymouth: 1,507
• Suffolk: 4,041
• Worcester: 1,461
• Unknown: 203 

There were 7,447 new tests conducted for a total of 94,958 people tested. That's up from 87,511 on Wednesday. 

Across the U.S., there have been 14,696 deaths and 427,460 cases, up from 395,011 total cases and 12,754 total deaths on Wednesday,  according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 


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