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The Checkup: Where 20 most recent COVID-19 cases came in Berkshire County

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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 state on confirmed coronavirus cases by city and town in Berkshire County. Results are 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: 37, fewer than 5, 1,557, 271, 2

Becket: 16, 0, 360, 56, 0

Clarksburg: 8, 0, 270, 42, 0

Dalton: 19, fewer than 5, 1,485, 227, 1

Egremont: 7, 0, 198, 34, 0

Great Barrington: 77, fewer than 5, 3,301, 841, 3

Hinsdale: 5, 0, 516, 88, 0

Lanesborough: 8, 0, 594, 114, 0

Lee: 22, 0, 1,415, 216, 0

Lenox: 18, fewer than 5, 1,801, 245, 1

New Marlborough: 9, fewer than 5, 207, 43, 1,

North Adams: 52, fewer than 5, 2,525, 501, 1

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Pittsfield: 219, 6, 11,878, 1,692, 6

Richmond: 5, 0,300, 52, 0

Sandisfield: 8, fewer than 5, 397, 55, 2

Sheffield: 16, 0,776, 204, 0

Stockbridge: 15, 0, 544, 69, 0

West Stockbridge: 6, fewer than 5, 313, 58, 1

Williamstown: 85, fewer than 5, 2,379, 706, 2

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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, Monterey, Otis, Peru, Savoy, Tyringham and Washington.

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

THE NUMBERS: Berkshire County's death toll held at 46, the same number since July 30, with the confirmed COVID-19 case count rising three to 651, the state Department of Public Health said.

The DPH said 20 new deaths were reported as of Thursday in Massachusetts, pushing the statewide total to 8,775. Deaths including those listed as probably caused by COVID-19 is 9,008. Confirmed cases rose 365 to 117,450.

The case totals (and death counts) in neighboring counties: Franklin, up two to 387 (63); Hampshire, up five to 1,144 (136); Hampden, up 22 to 7,591 (up two to 746).

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

As of Thursday, 24,584 cases have been confirmed among residents and staff of long-term care facilities. In all, 379 facilities have had at least one confirmed case and have seen 5,772 deaths linked to COVID-19, an increase of 17 over Wednesday. As that illustrates, 85 percent of the day's Massachusetts coronavirus deaths occurred in these facilities.

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BMC TEST RESULTS: As of Thursday, Berkshire Medical Center reported having tested 21,566 people, with 606 positive results and 20,800 negative. There were 160 pending test results.

BEYOND OUR BORDERS: Global cases as of Thursday totaled 24,284,974, with 827,801 deaths and 15,848,692 instances of recovery, according to data provided by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. has seen 5,854,342 cases, 180,380 deaths and 2,084,465 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." Thursday's figures:

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

- Three-day average of number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals: 339, up 8 percent.

- Number of hospitals using surge capacity to care: 3, up 3 from lowest.

- Three-day average of COVID-19 deaths: 15, up 44 percent.

WILLIAMS COLLEGE REPORTS: The college's daily dashboard said, as of Thursday, that the campus had administered 1,331 tests, including 820 in the last seven days, with zero positive results.

AT THE HOSPITALS: As of Thursday, Berkshire Medical Center and Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington continued to have no COVID-19 cases.

The patient count for other western Massachusetts hospitals: Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, 3 cases, none in ICU; Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, no cases; Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, 29 cases, 3 in ICU; Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, 2 cases, 1 in ICU; Holyoke Hospital, 6 cases, none in ICU; Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield, 1 case, not in ICU.

The numbers include both confirmed and suspected cases.

Statewide, as of Thursday there were 333 people hospitalized, with the latest daily admission of 163 people. Of those hospitalized, 61 are in ICU and 29 are on ventilators.

To date, 12,299 people have been hospitalized in Massachusetts, according to Johns Hopkins, and 1,634,167 people have been tested for the virus.

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


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