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The Checkup: Berkshire County sees 20 new cases in last 14 days

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

WEEKLY TALLY ON BERKSHIRE COUNTY: In its weekly report, the state Department of Public Health provided this COVID-19 data for Berkshire County:

Total number of cases: 648

Cases in last 14 days: 20

Relative change: Higher

Total tests: 32,747

Tests last 14 days: 5,869

Percent positive: .034

Change in percentage of positive cases: No change

ACTIVE CASES ON RISE: The DPH said Wednesday there are 4,410 active cases of COVID-19 in the state. That's up 5 percent in a week.

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THE NUMBERS: Berkshire County's death toll stood at 46 as of Wednesday, with the confirmed COVID-19 case count up three to 648, the state Department of Public Health said.

The DPH said 26 new deaths were reported as of Wednesday in Massachusetts, pushing the statewide total to 8,755. Deaths including those listed as probably caused by COVID-19 is 8,987. Confirmed cases rose 315 to 117,085.

The case totals (and death counts) in neighboring counties: Franklin, up three to 385 (up two to 63); Hampshire, up four to 1,139 (up one to 136); Hampden, up 14 to 7,569 (up five to 744).

According to the most recent data provided by Johns Hopkins University, 102,205 people in Massachusetts with COVID-19 have recovered.

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As of Wednesday, 24,577 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 5,755 deaths linked to COVID-19, up 20 in a day.

BMC TEST RESULTS: As of Wednesday, Berkshire Medical Center reported having tested 21,437 people, with 605 positive results and 20,607 negative. There were 225 pending test results.

BEYOND OUR BORDERS: Global cases as of Wednesday totaled 24,011,502, with 821,909 deaths and 15,636,116 instances of recovery, according to data provided by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. has seen 5,812,700 cases, 179,344 deaths and 2,053,699 recoveries, the school said as of Wednesday.

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." Wednesday's figures:

- Seven-day weighted average of positive test rate: 1.1, unchanged.

- Three-day average of number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals: 330, up 6 percent.

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- Number of hospitals using surge capacity to care: 2, up 2 from lowest.

- Three-day average of COVID-19 deaths: 15, up 38 percent.

WILLIAMS COLLEGE REPORTS: The college's daily dashboard said, as of Wednesday, that the campus had administered 995 tests for COVID-19 since Aug. 17 (652 in the last seven days) with zero positive results in the last seven days.

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

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, 20 cases, two in ICU; Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, two cases, one in ICU; Holyoke Hospital, six cases, one in ICU; Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield, one case, not in ICU.

The numbers include both confirmed and suspected cases.

Statewide, as of Wednesday there were 356 people hospitalized, with the latest daily admission of 172 people. Of those hospitalized, 68 are in ICU and 29 are on ventilators.

To date, 12,279 people have been hospitalized in Massachusetts, according to Johns Hopkins, and 1,614,402 people have been tested for the virus.

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


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