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The Checkup: Crane Stationery bows out with PPP loan

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

CRANE'S LOAN: Because it borrowed through its parent company, Crane Stationery in North Adams does not show up in the Massachusetts section of a federal database on Paycheck Protection Program loans.

On Sunday, Eagle reporter Amanda Burke provided a full picture of use of those potentially forgivable loans in Berkshire County — minus information on Crane, since the money flowed in from across the New York line in Cohoes.

That's where Mohawk Fine Papers Inc. LLC borrowed between $5 million and $10 million from the Small Business Administration program, closing April 14 with Manufacturers and Traders Trust Co. Thomas O'Connor Jr., the company's top executive, has told The Eagle Crane was to get roughly $2 million of that borrowing. Mohawk reported to the SBA that the loans would, in all, preserve 500 jobs.

That was short-lived for Crane, though. The PPP rules say borrowers must not lay off workers for eight weeks after a loan closing.

Crane sent most of its employees packing from its North Adams plant in mid-June — right after apparently meeting the loan terms. The company said it planned to eliminate 85 percent of its 229-worker staff. A small group was to remain in North Adams ahead of the plant's expected closing in September, when the product line, long based in the Berkshires, will move to Mohawk's facility in New York, the company has said.

COMMUNITY DATA: Here are the latest figures from the DPH on confirmed coronavirus cases by city and town. The week saw seven new cases in Pittsfield, and one new case each in Becket, Lenox, North Adams and Williamstown.

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

Adams: 35, 775, 130, 0 percent

Becket: 16, 190, 39, 2.56 percent

Clarksburg: 7, 119, 17, 0 percent

Dalton: 16, 789, 100, 0 percent

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Egremont: 5, 99, 15, 0 percent

Great Barrington: 73, 1584, 169, 0 percent

Lanesborough: 8, 297, 50, 0 percent

Lee: 19, 742, 80, 0 percent

Lenox: 14, 1063, 126, 0.79 percent

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New Marlborough: 7, 103, 11, 0 percent

North Adams: 47, 1230, 166, 1.20 percent

Pittsfield: 186, 6501, 794, 1.26 percent

Richmond: 5, 142, 30, 0 percent

Sheffield: 15, 335, 49, 0 percent

Stockbridge: 14, 324, 85, 0 percent

West Stockbridge: 5, 150, 30, 0 percent

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Williamstown: 83, 1145, 117, 0.85 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, Monterey, Otis, Peru, Sandisfield, Savoy, Tyringham and Washington.

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

The number of cases statewide increased from 104,961 to 106,128 in the week from July 8 to July 15.

THE NUMBERS: Berkshire County's death toll stood at 45 as of Wednesday. The confirmed COVID-19 case count was 615, the state Department of Public Health said.

The DPH said 27 new deaths were reported in Massachusetts, pushing the statewide total to 8,152. The number of confirmed cases rose 142 to 106,128. Meantime, probable cases (a separate tally) rose by 75 to 6,219.

The case totals (and death counts) in neighboring counties: Franklin, 385 (58); Hampshire, 1,012 (118); Hampden, 7,056 (681).

As of Wednesday, 23,759 cases have been confirmed among residents and staff of long-term care facilities. To date, 368 facilities have had at least one confirmed case and have seen 5,303 deaths linked to COVID-19.

AT THE HOSPITALS: As of Wednesday, 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, eight cases, one in ICU; Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, one case, not in ICU; Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, 11 cases, two in ICU; Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, three cases, two in ICU; Holyoke Hospital, four cases, one in ICU; Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield, no cases.

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


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