The Checkup: Number of positive COVID-19 cases at Boston College ticks above 100

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BOSTON COLLEGE OUTBREAK: Boston College has seen more than 100 individuals test positive for COVID-19, making up nearly a quarter of the 436 cases at 42 colleges and universities in Massachusetts since reopening, as of Sunday.

After testing all students when they arrived on campus, Boston College has been only spot testing asymptomatic people. Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller has called on the university to expand testing. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said Boston is working with Newton and Boston College to address the outbreak.

Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday that while most colleges' testing efforts have been "pretty robust" and "pretty effective," state officials are continuing to work with college and universities and are "currently reviewing all of the protocols associated with testing and tracing and isolation and quarantining and notification."

THE NUMBERS: Berkshire County's death toll stood at 47 as of Tuesday, with the confirmed COVID-19 case count up two to 687, the state Department of Public Health said.

The DPH said six new deaths were reported as of Tuesday in Massachusetts, pushing the statewide total to 9,016. Deaths including those listed as probably caused by COVID-19 is 9,225. Confirmed cases rose 286 to 123,425.

The case totals (and death counts) in neighboring counties: Franklin, up one to 397 (67); Hampshire, up two to 1,198 (141); Hampden, up 17 to 7,885 (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 Tuesday, 24,732 cases have been confirmed among residents and staff of long-term care facilities, up 16. In all, 382 facilities have had at least one confirmed case and have seen 5,915 deaths linked to COVID-19, up six.

BMC TEST RESULTS: As of Tuesday, Berkshire Medical Center reported having tested 2,378 people in the past seven days, with eight people receiving positive results. There were 1,028 pending test results.

WORLD OF COVID: Global cases top 29,401,946, with 931,019 deaths and 19,950,470 instances of recovery, according to data provided by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. has seen 6,595,476 cases, 195,501 deaths and 2,477,942 recoveries, the school said.

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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." Tuesday's figures: - Seven-day weighted average of positive test rate: 0.9 percent, up 2 percent. Three-day average of number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals: 308, up 2 percent. Number of hospitals using surge capacity to care: 1. Three-day average of COVID-19 deaths: 11, up 26 percent.

DEMS CONTINUE STIMULUS PUSH: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday that she wants the House to stay in session until Congress agrees on a coronavirus aid package.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer later clarified that members would still go on recess on Oct. 2 but would be on call for a possible return.

Negotiations have been at an impasse between the Republican Senate and Democratic House. While Pelosi called the $650 billion Republican proposal "a skinny deal," Republicans say the Democrats' proposed $2.2 trillion package is too costly.

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WILLIAMS COLLEGE REPORTS: The college's daily dashboard said the campus had administered 8,961 tests for COVID-19 since Aug. 17 and those produced three positive results. Also, 3,014 tests in the last seven days produced one positive result.

AT THE HOSPITALS: As of Tuesday, Berkshire Medical Center and Fairview Hospital 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, one case, one in ICU; Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, 13 cases, three in ICU; Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, four cases, one in ICU; Holyoke Hospital, six cases, none in ICU; Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield, one case, none in ICU.

The numbers include both confirmed and suspected cases.

Statewide, 310 people are hospitalized, with the latest daily admission of 142 people. Of those hospitalized, 52 are in ICU and 23 are on ventilators. To date, 3,038,625 people have been tested for the virus, according to Johns Hopkins.

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