The Checkup: County sees 34 new COVID-19 cases in 14 days

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

COMMUNITY DATA: Here are this past week's figures from the state Department of Public Health on confirmed coronavirus cases by city and town. These communities saw new cases in the 14 days ending last Wednesday: Adams, Clarksburg, Great Barrington, Lenox, North Adams, Pittsfield and Williamstown. The DPH listed the case numbers as "higher" in North Adams and Williamstown and "lower" in Adams, Lenox and Pittsfield.

In all, 34 new positive test results were recorded.

In alphabetical order, the results list 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: 39 (adjusted down by one), fewer than five, 1,957, 388, 3

Becket: 16, 0, 423, 61, 0

Clarksburg: 9, fewer than five, 321, 53, 1

Dalton: 19, 0, 1,742, 268, 0

Egremont: 7, 0, 264, 69, 0

Great Barrington: 78 (adjusted down by one), fewer than five, 4,924, 1,742, 1

Hinsdale: 5, 0, 602, 87, 0

Lanesborough: 8, 0, 750, 148, 0

Lee: 22, 0, 1,643, 233, 0

Lenox: 19, fewer than five, 2,059, 265, 1

New Marlborough: 9, 0, 263, 57, 0

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North Adams: 58 (up two), 5, 3,828, 1,283, 9

Pittsfield: 227 (up four), 9, 13,816, 1,933, 14

Richmond: 5, 0, 363, 54, 0

Sandisfield: 7, 0, 463, 40, 0

Sheffield: 16, 0, 945, 173, 0

Stockbridge: 15, 0, 8,464, 95, 0

West Stockbridge: 9 (up three), 0, 395, 82, 0

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Williamstown: 90 (up two), 5, 7,556, 4,131, 5

These communities had fewer than five cases (the DPH does not list numbers in that range for communities of fewer than 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 number of cases statewide increased from 117,085 to 121,396 in the week from Sept. 2 to Sept. 9.

THE NUMBERS: Berkshire County's death toll stood at 46 as of Saturday, with the confirmed COVID-19 case count rising two, to 681, the DPH said.

The DPH said 16 new deaths were reported as of Saturday in Massachusetts, pushing the statewide total to 8,987. Deaths including those listed as probably caused by COVID-19 are 9,196. Confirmed cases rose 435, to 122,637.

The case totals (and death counts) in neighboring counties: Franklin, 396 (66); Hampshire, up two, to 1,196 (141); Hampden, up 12, to 7,846 (767).

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 Saturday, 24,705 cases have been confirmed among residents and staff of long-term care facilities, up five in a day. In all, 382 facilities have had at least one confirmed case and have seen 5,897 deaths linked to COVID-19, up 12.

WORLD OF COVID: Global cases as of Saturday totaled 28,586,673, with 917,221 deaths and 19,268,448 instances of recovery, according to data provided by Johns Hopkins. The U.S. has seen 6,476,460 cases, 193,518 deaths and 2,417,878 recoveries, the school said as of Saturday.

LEADING INDICATORS: The state DPH 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." Saturday's figures:

- Seven-day weighted average of positive test rate: 0.8, unchanged;

- Three-day average of number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals: 339, up 12 percent;

- Number of hospitals using surge capacity to care: 2;

- Three-day average of COVID-19 deaths: 11, up 26 percent.

WILLIAMS COLLEGE REPORTS: The college's daily dashboard said that, as of Saturday, one positive case of COVID-19 was found in the past day. The campus had administered 8,327 tests since Aug. 17 and those produced three positive results.

AT THE HOSPITALS: As of Saturday, 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, no cases; Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, no cases; Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, nine cases, one in ICU; Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, two cases, one in ICU; Holyoke Hospital, four cases, none in ICU; Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield, three cases, none in ICU.

The numbers include confirmed and suspected cases.

Statewide, as of Saturday there were 331 people hospitalized, with the latest daily admission of 140 people. Of those hospitalized, 64 are in ICU and 25 are on ventilators.

To date, 2,905,353 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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