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The Checkup: Two new cases in Berkshire County

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

THE NUMBERS: Berkshire County's death toll remained at 45 Tuesday. If it holds until Monday, the county will not have seen a COVID-19 death for a month. The confirmed case count rose by two to 647, the state Department of Public Health said.

The DPH said 14 new deaths were reported in Massachusetts, pushing the statewide total to 8,331. The average age of those killed by the disease is 82.

The number of confirmed cases rose 178 to 108,740. Meantime, probable cases (a separate tally) rose by 78 as to 7,442.

The case totals (and death counts) in neighboring counties: Franklin, up two to 398 (59); Hampshire, 1,095 (127); Hampden, up 17 to 7,326 (689).

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As of Tuesday, 24,099 cases have been confirmed among residents and staff of long-term care facilities. In all, 373 facilities have had at least one confirmed case and have seen 5,447 deaths linked to COVID-19.

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 percentage change since April 15.

- Seven-day weighted average of positive test rate: 1.9, down 94 percent.

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- Three-day average of number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals: 359, down 90 percent.

- Number of hospitals using surge capacity to care: 4, down 81 percent.

- Three-day average of COVID-19 deaths: 12, down 92 percent

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TWO WEEK LOOKBACK: The Eagle is also providing results for a 14-day lookback on leading indicators. As of Tuesday, the seven-day positive tests were down 10.91 percent from two weeks ago. The three-day average of the number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals was down 37.07 percent. The three-day average of confirmed COVID-19 deaths as of Saturday (the latest figure) was down 2.63 percent from two weeks ago.

AT THE HOSPITALS: As of Tuesday, 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, two cases, neither in ICU; Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, no cases; Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, 18 cases, four in ICU; Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, two cases, neither in ICU; Holyoke Hospital, six cases, none in ICU; Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield, one case, not in ICU.

The numbers include both confirmed and suspected cases.

Statewide, as of Tuesday there were 364 people hospitalized, with the latest daily admission of 164 people. Of those hospitalized, 54 are in ICU and 27 are on ventilators.

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


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