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COVID-19 kills three from the Berkshires, 24 statewide

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PITTSFIELD — The coronavirus killed another 24 Massachusetts residents, three from the Berkshires, according to the state Department of Public Health on Saturday.

Cases here ticked up to 253, up from 240 on Thursday.

Two men, one in his 80s and another in his 90s, and one woman in her 90s were the latest to die in the Berkshires from the disease, bringing the county's total deaths from the virus to 10.

The state Department of Public Health announced another 24 deaths Saturday, with the statewide total now 216. Thirty-eight people died Friday, then a total of 192 dead.

The DPH announced 5,838 new virus tests conducted Saturday, totaling 68,800. There were 62,962 tests total on Friday. There are now 11,736 confirmed cases in the commonwealth, up from 10,402 on Friday.

The cases, by county, are as follows:

- Barnstable: 330

- Berkshire: 253

- Bristol: 601

- Dukes: 7

- Essex: 1,400

- Franklin: 95

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- Hampden: 733

- Hampshire: 125

- Middlesex: 2,468

- Nantucket: 9

- Norfolk: 1,199

- Plymouth: 898

- Suffolk: 2,429

- Worcester: 915

- Unknown: 274

Across the U.S., there have been 6,593 deaths and 277,205 total coronavirus cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's up from 5,443 and 239,279 on Thursday.

On March 9, when the state DPH began broadcasting COVID-19 status reports, there was one confirmed case and 41 presumptive cases of the disease.

By March 31, there were 6,620 confirmed cases in the state.


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