The Checkup: 3 area public safety departments land federal bucks
With this daily feature, The Eagle runs down breaking local developments in the coronavirus crisis.
FEDERAL BUCKS LAND HERE: Three fire and police departments in the region will get money to help protect staff members from coronavirus infection while out on calls. The money comes from the Federal Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program, channeled through the state Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.
— Cummington Police Department, $12,315 to buy three laptop computers.
— Dalton Police Department, $8,844 for personal protective equipment, overtime costs, cleaning of the police station and cruisers and other purposes.
— Monterey Fire Department, $24,119 to buy three pairs of reusable "isolation coveralls," reusable mask filter adapters and masks gloves, booties, and eye protection.
Communities were invited to apply for funding. In all, 65 fire departments and 44 police departments in Massachusetts landed awards.
THE NUMBERS: Berkshire County's death toll stood at 46 as of Tuesday, with the confirmed COVID-19 case count up four to 645, the state Department of Public Health said. The agency has resumed providing that daily statistic.
The state Department of Public Health said 12 new deaths were reported as of Tuesday in Massachusetts, pushing the statewide total to 8,729. Deaths including those listed as probably caused by COVID-19 is 8,961. Confirmed cases rose 349 to 116,770; with probable cases, the total is 126,420, according to the New York Times database.
The case totals (and death counts) in neighboring counties: Franklin, up two to 382 (61); Hampshire, up five to 1,135 (up one to 135); Hampden, up 17 to 7,555 (up two to 739).
According to data provided by Johns Hopkins University, 102,205 people in Massachusetts with COVID-19 have recovered.
As of Tuesday, 24,574 cases have been confirmed among residents and staff of long-term care facilities. In all, 379 facilities have had at least one confirmed case and have seen 5,735 deaths linked to COVID-19, a daily increase of seven.
BMC TEST RESULTS: As of Tuesday, Berkshire Medical Center reported having tested 21,213 people, with 601 positive results and 20,364 negative. There were 248 pending test results.
BEYOND OUR BORDERS: Global cases as of Tuesday totaled 23,745,414, with 815,520 deaths and 15,401,241 instances of recovery, according to data provided by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. has seen 5,769,024 cases, 178,140 deaths and 2,020,774 recoveries, the school said as of Tuesday.
LEADING INDICATORS: The state Department of Public Health provides the following statistics daily 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: 1.1, unchanged.
- Three-day average of number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals: 317, up 1 percent.
- Number of hospitals using surge capacity to care: 2, up 2 from lowest.
- Three-day average of COVID-19 deaths: 13, up 22 percent.
WILLIAMS COLLEGE REPORTS: The college's daily dashboard said, as of Tuesday, that 925 people had undergone tests for COVID-19 and those produced zero positive results.
AT THE HOSPITALS: As of Tuesday, Berkshire Medical Center and Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington had no cases of COVID-19.
The patient count for other western Massachusetts hospitals: Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, three cases, one in ICU; Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, no cases; Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, 21 cases, two in ICU; Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, five cases, one in ICU; Holyoke Hospital, five cases, none in ICU; Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield, two cases, neither in ICU.
The numbers include both confirmed and suspected cases.
Statewide, as of Tuesday there were 327 people hospitalized, with the latest daily admission of 124 people. Of those hospitalized, 61 are in ICU and 28 are on ventilators.
To date, 12,268 people have been hospitalized in Massachusetts, according to Johns Hopkins, and 1,591,579 people have been tested for the virus.
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