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The Checkup: AI wants to know: You wearing your mask?

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

EYES ON THE GUISE: You knew it would come to this — and perhaps this is what it takes to get over the problem of mask avoidance. The Digital Age is upon us, and there's no sneaking by it.

Robotic Assistance Devices (RAD), a Southern California artificial intelligence company, says it has "enhanced" its security systems with an "advanced" mask-detection feature. Aren't you excited?

According to the company, the technology could prevent someone without a mask from entering a building — all without the need to be confronted by an employee. Nice and neat, human to machine.

"You can't fool the camera and you can't argue with it," the outfit's CEO and founder, Steve Reinharz, said in a news release.

His company says its monitoring systems can be installed at almost any office space or retailer and can be connected to access control systems. That means that if someone without a mask is trying to enter, the system automatically can lock them out.

The company's website boasts clients with household names, like Goodwill and Verizon Wireless. It says it provides products and services to 35 Fortune 500 companies.

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THE NUMBERS: Berkshire County's death toll remained at 45 as of Tuesday. The confirmed COVID-19 case count was 615, the state Department of Public Health said.

The DPH said 10 new deaths were reported in Massachusetts, pushing the statewide total to 8,125. The number of confirmed cases rose 203, to 105,986. Meantime, probable cases (a separate tally) rose by 100, to 6,144.

The case totals (and death counts) in neighboring counties: Franklin, 384 (57); Hampshire, 1,012 (117); Hampden, 7,039 (679).

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As of Tuesday, 23,733 cases have been confirmed among residents and staff of long-term care facilities. In all, 368 facilities have had at least one confirmed case and have seen 5,282 deaths linked to COVID-19.

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 percentage change since April 15. Tuesday's figures:

- Seven-day weighted average of positive test rate: 1.6, down 94 percent;

- Three-day average of number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals: 571, down 84 percent;

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- Number of hospitals using surge capacity to care: 2, down 90 percent;

- Three-day average of COVID-19 deaths: 8, down 95 percent.

AT THE HOSPITALS: As of Tuesday, Berkshire Medical Center reported caring for one COVID-19 patient, not in intensive care. Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington had no cases.

The patient count for other Western Massachusetts hospitals: Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, eight cases, three in ICU; Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, no cases; Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, 14 cases, two in ICU; Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, five cases, three in ICU; Holyoke Hospital, four cases, one in ICU; Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield, no cases.

The numbers include confirmed and suspected cases.

Statewide as of Tuesday, 560 people were hospitalized, with the latest daily admission of 215 (Monday). Of those hospitalized, 93 are in ICU and 37 are on ventilators.

To contribute news to The Checkup, please email lparnass@berkshireeagle.com or call 413-588-8341.


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