The Checkup: DPH releases updated community data for confirmed coronavirus cases

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

COMMUNITY DATA: Here are this week's figures from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health on confirmed coronavirus cases by city and town. In alphabetical order, this lists results for 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: 43, fewer than 5, 2,200, 425, 5

Becket: 16, 0, 454, 65, 0

Clarksburg: 9, 0, 347, 43, 0

Dalton: 20, fewer than 5, 1,883, 228, 1

Egremont: 7, 0, 285, 60, 0

Great Barrington: 82, fewer than 5, 5,484, 1,305, 6

Hinsdale: 5, 0, 646, 80, 0

Lanesborough: 8, 0, 807, 135, 0

Lee: 22, 0, 1,727, 182, 0

Lenox: 19, 0, 2,144, 198, 0

New Marlborough: 9, 0, 284, 47, 0

North Adams: 57, fewer than 5, 4,769, 1,568, 4

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Pittsfield: 227, fewer than 5, 14,695, 1,905, 5

Richmond: 5, 0, 396, 66, 0

Sandisfield: 7, 0, 458, 40, 0

Sheffield: 17, fewer than 5, 1,021, 133, 1

Stockbridge: 15, 0, 704, 86, 0

West Stockbridge: 10, fewer than 5, 430, 66, 4

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Williamstown: 92, fewer than 5, 10,438, 5,717, 3

THE NUMBERS: Berkshire County's death toll rose by two on Wednesday to 49, with the confirmed COVID-19 case count up three to 690, the state DPH said.

The DPH said 20 new deaths were reported as of Wednesday in Massachusetts, pushing the statewide total to 9,036. Deaths including those listed as probably caused by COVID-19 is 9,245. Confirmed cases rose 295 to 123,720.

The case totals (and death counts) in neighboring counties: Franklin, 397 (67); Hampshire, up one to 1,199 (141); Hampden, up 17 to 7,902 (768, up one).

LONG-TERM CARE PICTURE: As of Wednesday, 24,740 cases have been confirmed among residents and staff of long-term care facilities, up eight. In all, 382 facilities have had at least one confirmed case and have seen 5,928 deaths linked to COVID-19, an increase of 13.

BMC TEST RESULTS: As of Wednesday, Berkshire Medical Center reported having tested 2,250 people in the past seven days, with 11 patients receiving new positive results. There were 769 pending test results.

SEVENTEEN COMMUNITIES CODED RED: Nantucket, Plainville, Saugus, Tyngsboro, Worcester and Wrentham on Wednesday joined the "red" category of cities and towns that had an incidence rate of more than eight COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents in the past 14 days.

The count for "red cities and towns now stands at 17 communities. While Chatham and Methuen lowered their incidence rates, Chelsea, Dedham, Everett, Framingham, Lawrence, Lynn, Lynnfield, Monson, New Bedford, Revere and Winthrop remained in the red category.

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WORLD OF COVID: Global cases top 29,689,922, with 937,543 deaths and 20,152,872 instances of recovery, according to data provided by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. has seen 6,625,560 cases, 196,650 deaths and 2,495,127 recoveries, the school said.

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, no change

- Three-day average of number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals: 321, up 6 percent

- Number of hospitals using surge capacity for care: 2

- Three-day average of COVID-19 deaths: 10, up 11 percent

WILLIAMS COLLEGE REPORTS: The college's daily dashboard said the campus had administered 10,105 tests for COVID-19 since Aug. 17 and those produced three positive results. Also, 3,331 tests in the last seven days produced one positive result.

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

The patient count for other western Massachusetts hospitals: Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, no cases, none in ICU; Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, one case, one in ICU; Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, 17 cases, three in ICU; Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, one case, one in ICU; Holyoke Hospital, four cases, none in ICU; Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield, four cases, none in ICU.

The numbers include both confirmed and suspected cases.

Statewide, 352 people are hospitalized, with the latest daily admission of 187 people. Of those hospitalized, 66 are in ICU and 24 are on ventilators.

To date, 3,075,812 people have been tested for the virus in Massachusetts, according to Johns Hopkins.

To contribute news to The Checkup, please email djin@berkshireeagle.com or call 413-496-6221.


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