The Checkup: Case numbers creep up in Dalton

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The Berkshire Eagle

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

COMMUNITY DATA: Here are the latest figures from the DPH on confirmed coronavirus cases by city and town. The only increase from last week is three new cases in Dalton, one in Great Barrington and one in Pittsfield.

In alphabetical order, here are results for communities with five or more cases. After community name, the figures list number of cases, number of tests and percentage of positive tests:

Adams: 35, 584, 5.99 percent

Becket: 14, 132, 10.61. percent

Clarksburg: 7, 94, 7.45 percent

Dalton: 16, 600, 2.67 percent

Egremont: 5, 74, 6.67 percent

Great Barrington: 73, 1129, 6.47 percent

Lanesborough: 8, 223, 3.59 percent

Lee: 19, 584, 3.25 percent

Lenox: 13, 816, 1.59 percent

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New Marlborough: 7, 80, 8.75 percent

North Adams: 46, 915, 5.03 percent

Pittsfield: 175, 4908, 3.57 percent

Richmond: 5, 96, 5.21 percent

Sheffield: 15, 248, 6.05 percent

Stockbridge: 14, 189, 7.41percent

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West Stockbridge: 5, 108, 4.63 percent

Williamstown: 82, 765, 10.72 percent

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, Hinsdale, Otis, Peru, Sandisfield, Savoy, Tyringham and Washington.

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

The number of cases statewide rose from 107,611 to 109,143 in the week from June 24 to July 1.

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.

- Seven-day weighted average of positive test rate: 1.8, down 94 percent.

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- Three-day average of number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals: 725, down 80 percent.

- Number of hospitals using surge capacity to care: 4, down 81 percent.

- Three-day average of COVID-19 deaths: 19, down 88 percent.

TIP OF THE HAT: Susan Goddard of Pittsfield was nominated for a Tip of the Hat by her mother, Jean Ginthwain, also of Pittsfield. Goddard, a former Berkshire Medical Center nurse, has cranked out nearly 400 masks, each one three layers thick, since the beginning of the pandemic and donated them all - to friends, to family, to anyone in need, according to her mother.

The mother-daughter-duo hasn't been able to spend time together lately, due to social distancing. Ginthwain said she's grateful for her daughter and son-in-law's visits through her first-floor windows, but she misses being able to hug and to go shopping together as they once did. Her message for her daughter is: "I love you." Keep up the good work, Susan!

Know of someone who is going above and beyond to help others during the pandemic? We'd like to help get them the recognition they deserve. Send a short informal nomination to us at The Checkup by emailing lparnass@berkshireeagle.com.

THE NUMBERS: The number of confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 to date in Berkshire County rose by three to 600 as of Thursday. The county's death toll held steady at 44, the state Department of Public Health said, the same total since June 19.

The DPH said the number of confirmed and probable deaths as of Thursday statewide stood at 8,132, rising by 51. New cases for Massachusetts increased by 195 to 109,338.

The case tallies (and death counts) in neighboring counties: Franklin, 372 (55); Hampshire, 969 (114); Hampden, 6,812 (661).

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

The COVID-19 patient count for other western Massachusetts hospitals: Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, 11 cases, none in ICU; Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, two cases, neither in ICU; Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, 20 cases, three in ICU; Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, two cases, none in ICU; Holyoke Hospital, three cases, none in ICU; Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield, no cases.

The numbers include both confirmed and suspected cases.

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


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