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The Checkup: Williams College reports one positive COVID-19 test

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

WILLIAMS COLLEGE REPORTS POSITIVE CASE: The college's daily dashboard said Sunday that one test for COVID-19 had produced a positive result in the last 24 hours.

Since Aug. 17, the campus says it has administered 2,094 tests, including 1,169 in the last seven days. The positive test finding is the first since the testing began at the school in August as part of efforts to bring students back to campus.

THE NUMBERS: Berkshire County's death toll remained at 46 as of Sunday, with the confirmed COVID-19 case count rising one to 661, the state Department of Public Health said.

The DPH said 13 new deaths were reported as of Sunday in Massachusetts, pushing the confirmed statewide total to 8,816. Deaths including those listed as probably caused by COVID-19 is 9,049. Confirmed cases rose 174 to 118,483.

The case totals (and death counts) in neighboring counties: Franklin, steady at 389 (up one to 65); Hampshire, up three to 1,165 (138); Hampden, up four to 7,638 (746).

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

As of Sunday, 24,605 cases have been confirmed among residents and staff of long-term care facilities, up eight. In all, 379 facilities have had at least one confirmed case and have seen 5,796 deaths linked to COVID-19, an increase of six since Saturday.

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BEYOND OUR BORDERS: Global cases as of Sunday at 5 p.m. totaled 25,085,129, with 844,095 deaths and 16,486,190 instances of recovery, according to data provided by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. has seen 5,987,975 cases, 182,885 deaths and 2,140,614 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." Sunday's figures:

- Seven-day weighted average of positive test rate: 0.9 percent, unchanged.

- Three-day average of number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals: 302, unchanged.

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- Number of hospitals using surge capacity to care: 1

- Three-day average of COVID-19 deaths: 12, up 16 percent.

LABOR AT HOME DAY? A recent survey of 106 companies in Massachusetts found that most will keep their people working from home well past Labor Day. The polling was done by the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership.

What's now the norm, in professions where it's practical, used to be the exception, the group notes. Before the pandemic, just 18 percent of workers in the companies surveyed put in their job time from home. Now, it's 82 percent of them.

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Perhaps for the first time, 40 percent of the companies quizzed have absolutely everyone working remotely. And looking ahead, companies predicted that 47 percent of their people will continue to work from somewhere other than the main office even after a COVID-19 vaccine is available.

AT THE HOSPITALS: As of Sunday, Berkshire Medical Center reported caring for two COVID-19 patients, neither of them in intensive care. Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington had no cases.

The patient count for other western Massachusetts hospitals: Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, three cases, one in ICU; Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, one case in ICU; Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, 18 cases, one in ICU; Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, five cases, three in ICU; Holyoke Hospital, one case, not in ICU; Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield, no cases.

The numbers include both confirmed and suspected cases.

Statewide, as of Sunday there were 290 people hospitalized, with the latest daily admission of 141 people. Of those hospitalized, 62 are in ICU and 25 are on ventilators.

To date, 1,707,155 people in Massachusetts have been tested for the virus, according to Johns Hopkins.

BMC TEST RESULTS: Berkshire Medical Center reported having tested 21,724 people as of Friday, with 612 positive results and 20,981 negative. There were 131 pending test results. The figures are not updated on the weekend.

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


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