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The Checkup: Latest COVID-19 case is second for Williams College

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

CASES AT WILLIAMS COLLEGE: The New York Times database on coronavirus cases at American colleges and universities lists one case for Williams College. But there have been at least two reported by the school, an official confirms.

One positive case was logged last weekend, as the school continues to administer regular tests to returning students.

The other case came over the summer and involved a student living off campus, a college spokesman said. He declined to say whether the off-campus site was Williamstown, citing the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

The college's daily dashboard said that, as of Tuesday, the campus had administered 2,576 tests for COVID-19 since Aug. 17 and those produced one positive result.

THE NUMBERS: Berkshire County's death held at 46 on Tuesday, with the confirmed COVID-19 case count rising three, to 665, the state Department of Public Health said.

The DPH said four new deaths were reported as of Tuesday in Massachusetts, pushing the statewide total to 8,831. Deaths including those listed as probably caused by COVID-19 are 9,064. Confirmed cases rose 354, to 119,138.

The case totals (and death counts) in neighboring counties: Franklin, up one, to 392 (65); Hampshire, up six, to 1,173 (140); Hampden, up 16, to 7,680 (up one to 747).

According to data provided by Johns Hopkins University, 103,920 people in Massachusetts with COVID-19 have recovered.

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As of Tuesday, 24,617 cases have been confirmed among residents and staff of long-term care facilities, up 11 from Monday. In all, 379 facilities have had at least one confirmed case and have seen 5,803 deaths linked to COVID-19, an increase of one in a day.

SUMMER MEALS PROGRAM EXTENDED: Schoolchildren who have been able to receive free meals over the summer will continue to have access to that help. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said this week that it extended access into the fall. That means that children who normally would rely on school cafeteria meals can continue to receive food, even if they are learning remotely.

The USDA said the program will run through the end of the year "or until available funding runs out."

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BMC TEST RESULTS: As of Tuesday, Berkshire Medical Center reported having tested 22,326 people, with 614 positive results and 21,600 negative. There were 112 pending test results.

BEYOND OUR BORDERS: Global cases as of late Tuesday afternoon totaled 25,579,140, with 852,561 deaths and 16,872,548 instances of recovery, according to data provided by Johns Hopkins. The U.S. has seen 6,062,162 cases, 184,270 deaths and 2,184,825 recoveries, the school said as of Tuesday.

LEADING INDICATORS: The 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." Tuesday's figures:

- Seven-day weighted average of positive test rate: 1, unchanged;

- Three-day average of number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals: 308, up 2 percent;

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- Number of hospitals using surge capacity to care: 1;

- Three-day average of COVID-19 deaths: 9, unchanged.

AT THE HOSPITALS: As of Tuesday, 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, two cases, one in ICU; Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, two cases, both in ICU; Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, 22 cases, one in ICU; Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, four cases, none in ICU; Holyoke Hospital, three cases, none in ICU; Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield, no cases.

The numbers include confirmed and suspected cases.

Statewide, as of Tuesday there were 320 people hospitalized, with the latest daily admission of 129 people. Of those hospitalized, 55 are in ICU and 29 are on ventilators.

To date, 1,742,517 people have been tested for the virus in Massachusetts, according to Johns Hopkins.

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


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