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The Checkup: County sees 25 new COVID-19 cases in last two weeks

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

LAST TWO WEEKS AT A GLANCE: In its weekly report Wednesday, the state Department of Public Health provided this COVID-19 data for Berkshire County:

Total number of cases: 676

Case in last 14 days: 25

Relative change: Lower

Total tests: 45,272

Tests last 14 days: 11,567

Number positive results last 14 days: 35

Percent positive: 0.3 percent

Change in percentage of positive cases: No change

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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 four to 676, the state Department of Public Health said.

The DPH said four new deaths were reported as of Wednesday in Massachusetts, pushing the statewide total to 8,937. Deaths including those listed as probably caused by COVID-19 is 9,146. Confirmed cases rose 182 to 121,396.

The case totals (and death counts) in neighboring counties: Franklin, 396 (66); Hampshire, 1,191 (141); Hampden, up four to 7,793 (759).

According to data provided by Johns Hopkins University, 107,501 people in Massachusetts with COVID-19 have recovered.

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LONG-TERM CARE PICTURE: As of Wednesday, 24,671 cases have been confirmed among residents and staff of long-term care facilities, up 13. In all, 381 facilities have had at least one confirmed case and have seen 5,864 deaths linked to COVID-19, up two from Tuesday.

BMC TEST RESULTS: As of Wednesday, Berkshire Medical Center reported having tested 23,767 people, with 622 positive results and 22,861 negative. There were 284 pending test results.

WORLD OF COVID: Global cases as of Wednesday totaled 27,699,112, with 900,203 deaths and 18,636,410 instances of recovery, according to data provided by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. has seen 6,358,247 cases, 190,727 deaths and 2,387,479 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: 0.8 percent

- Three-day average of number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals: 329, up 9 percent

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- Number of hospitals using surge capacity to care: 3

- Three-day average of COVID-19 deaths: 7, unchanged

WILLIAMS COLLEGE REPORTS: The college's daily dashboard said, as of Wednesday, that the campus had administered 6,774 tests for COVID-19 since Aug. 17 and those produced two positive results.

AT THE HOSPITALS: As of Wednesday, 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, one case, not in ICU; Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, no cases; Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, 25 cases, three in ICU; Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, four cases, two in ICU; Holyoke Hospital, nine cases, none in ICU; Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield, no cases.

The numbers include both confirmed and suspected cases.

Statewide, as of Wednesday there were 338 people hospitalized, with the latest daily admission of 124 people. Of those hospitalized, 49 are in ICU and 21 are on ventilators.

To date, 1,890,070 people 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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