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The Checkup: Berkshire County saw 30 new cases in 14 days

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

COUNTY CASES AT A GLANCE: In its weekly report, the state Department of Public Health provided this COVID-19 data for Berkshire County as of Sept. 2:

Total number of cases: 665 (it had risen to 670 as of Sunday)

New cases in last 14 days: 30

Relative change: Higher

Total tests: 37,830

Tests last 14 days: 8,488

Number positive: 33 (repeat tests can produce a higher positive number than cases, as in this instance)

Percent positive: 0.39

Change in percentage of positive cases: Higher

COMMUNITY DATA: Here are last week's figures from the DPH on confirmed coronavirus cases by city and town. Communities listed as having a relatively higher number of positive cases include: Adams, Clarksburg, Lenox, North Adams, Pittsfield and Williamstown.

In alphabetical order, here are results for communities with five or more cases. After community name, the figures list total number of cases, number of new cases in the past 14 days, total number of tests, number of tests in the past 14 days and number of positive tests in the past 14 days:

Adams: 40 (up 3), fewer than 5, 1,748, 347, 4

Becket: 16, 0, 384, 42, 0

Clarksburg: 9 (up 1), fewer than 5, 299, 55, 1

Dalton: 19, fewer than 5, 1,619, 231, 1

Egremont: 7, 0, 225, 52, 0

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Great Barrington: 79 (up 2), fewer than 5, 4,169, 1,567, 2

Hinsdale: 5, 0, 560, 89, 0

Lanesborough: 8, 0, 664, 133, 0

Lee: 22, 0, 1,542, 243, 0

Lenox: 19 (up 1), fewer than 5, 1,950, 265, 2

New Marlborough: 9, 0, 233, 52, 0

North Adams: 56 (up 4), 5, 3,188, 855, 6

Pittsfield: 223 (up 4), 11, 12,786, 1,685, 13

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Richmond: 5, 0, 332, 51, 0

Sandisfield: 7 (up 1), 0, 412, 57, 0

Sheffield: 16, 0, 869, 256, 0

Stockbridge: 15, 0, 609, 86, 0

West Stockbridge: 6, 0, 363, 82, 0

Williamstown: 88 (up 3), fewer than 5, 3,749, 1,953, 4

These communities had fewer than five cases (the DPH does not list numbers in that range for communities of under 50,000 people): Alford, Cheshire, Florida, Hancock, Monterey, Otis, Peru, Savoy, Tyringham and Washington.

The following towns had no reported cases: Mount Washington, New Ashford and Windsor.

THE NUMBERS: Berkshire County's death toll stood at 46 as of Sunday, with the confirmed COVID-19 case count at 670, the state Department of Public Health said.

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The DPH said 10 new deaths were reported in Massachusetts, pushing the statewide total to 8,917. Deaths including those listed as probably caused by COVID-19 is 9,125. Confirmed cases rose 370 to 120,824.

The case totals (and death counts) in neighboring counties: Franklin, 396 (66); Hampshire, up two to 1,188 (141); Hampden, up 23 to 7,762 (up three to 759).

According to data provided by Johns Hopkins University, 105,769 people in Massachusetts with COVID-19 have recovered.

As of Sunday, 24,653 cases have been confirmed among residents and staff of long-term care facilities. In all, 381 facilities have had at least one confirmed case and have seen 5,854 deaths linked to COVID-19, up seven since Saturday.

BEYOND OUR BORDERS: Global cases as of Sunday totaled 26,967,312, with 881,046 deaths and 18,024,198 recoveries, according to data provided by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. has seen 6,270,950 cases, 188,809 deaths and 2,302,187 recoveries, the school said as of Sunday.

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." Sunday's figures:

- Seven-day weighted average of positive test rate: 0.9, unchanged

- Three-day average of number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals: 323, up 7 percent

- Number of hospitals using surge capacity to care: 0

- Three-day average of COVID-19 deaths: 14, up 34 percent.

WILLIAMS COLLEGE REPORTS: The college's daily dashboard said, as of Sunday, that the campus had administered 5,378 tests for COVID-19 since Aug. 17 and those produced one positive result. Also, 3,284 tests in the last seven days produced no positive results.

AT THE HOSPITALS: As of Sunday, Berkshire Medical Center and Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington had no COVID-19 patients.

The patient count for other western Massachusetts hospitals: Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, two cases, neither in ICU; Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, one case, cared for in ICU; Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, 11 cases, one in ICU; Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, three cases, one in ICU; Holyoke Hospital, one cases, not in ICU; Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield, no cases.

The numbers include both confirmed and suspected cases.

Statewide, as of Sunday there were 312 people hospitalized, with the latest daily admission of 165 people. Of those hospitalized, 52 are in ICU and 22 are on ventilators.

To date, 1,841,675 people in Massachusetts have been tested for the virus, according to Johns Hopkins.

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


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