The Checkup: WHO reports largest one-day increase in worldwide COVID-19 infections

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

EUROPEAN INFECTIONS ON THE RISE: The World Health Organization on Sunday reported the largest one-day increase in worldwide COVID-19 infections.

While India, the United States and Brazil saw the highest number of new infections Sunday, infections are rapidly increasing in Europe, particularly in Spain and France. In the 55 countries of the WHO Europe, the 51,000 new cases reported on Friday eclipsed the highest one-day mark in April.

Deaths have not risen in Europe, with many of the new cases thought to be occurring among younger people. Yet experts fear a "second wave" could lead to a spike in deaths across the continent in October and November.

THE NUMBERS: Berkshire County's death toll stood at 47 as of Monday, with the confirmed COVID-19 case count up two to 685, the state Department of Public Health said.

The DPH said nine new deaths were reported as of Monday in Massachusetts, pushing the statewide total to 9,219. Deaths including those listed as probably caused by COVID-19 is 9,010. Confirmed cases rose 235 to 123,139.

The case totals (and death counts) in neighboring counties: Franklin, 396 (67); Hampshire, 1,196 (141); Hampden, up 11 to 7,868 (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 Monday, 24,716 cases have been confirmed among residents and staff of long-term care facilities, up 10. In all, 383 facilities have had at least one confirmed case, and have seen 5,909 deaths linked to COVID-19, up three since Sunday

BMC TEST RESULTS: As of Monday, Berkshire Medical Center reported having tested 2,155 people in the past seven days, with six unique patients receiving positive results. There were 729 pending test results.

SAFE VOTING: The ACLU on Monday launched a "Let People Vote" campaign intended to encourage people to make plans to vote safely in the Nov. 3 election. All registered voters in Massachusetts can request a mail-in ballot anytime before Oct. 28, according to a website with state-by-state information.

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WORLD OF COVID: Global cases top 29,145,068, with 926,019 deaths and 19,709,04 instances of recovery, according to data provided by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. has seen 6,550,629 cases, 194,443 deaths and 2,474,570 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." Monday's figures:

- Seven-day weighted average of positive test rate: 0.8 percent, unchanged

- Three-day average of number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals: 315, up 4 percent

- Number of hospitals using surge capacity to care: 1

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- Three-day average of COVID-19 deaths: 13, up 44 percent

WILLIAMS COLLEGE REPORTS: The college's daily dashboard said the campus had administered 8,960 tests for COVID-19 since Aug. 17 and those produced three positive results. Also, 3,276 tests in the last seven days produced one positive result.

AT THE HOSPITALS: As of Monday, Berkshire Medical Center and Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington 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, 24 cases, two in ICU; Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, four cases, one in ICU; Holyoke Hospital, four cases, none in ICU; Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield, one case, none in ICU. The numbers include both confirmed and suspected cases.

Statewide, 302 people are hospitalized, with the latest daily admission of 123 people. Of those hospitalized, 63 are in ICU and 17 are on ventilators.

To date, 3,038,625 people have been tested in Massachusetts for the virus, according to Johns Hopkins.

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


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