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Three Berkshire women latest to die of virus; county toll at 13

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PITTSFIELD — The coronavirus killed another 15 Massachusetts residents on Saturday, including three from the Berkshires, according to the state Department of Public Health.

Cases here increased to 258, up from 253 on Friday.

Three females — one in her 60s, one in her 90s, and one in her 100s — were the latest to die in the county from the disease on Saturday, bringing the county's total deaths from the virus to 13.

The state Department of Public Health announced another 24 deaths Saturday, with the statewide total now 216.The DPH announced 3,137 new virus tests conducted Sunday, totaling 71,937. There were 68,800 tests total on Saturday. There are now 12,500 confirmed cases in the commonwealth, up from 11,736 on Saturday.

The cases, by county, are as follows:

- Barnstable: 347

- Berkshire: 258

- Bristol: 659

- Dukes: 8

- Essex: 1,506

- Franklin: 100

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- Hampden: 768

- Hampshire: 128

- Middlesex: 2,632

- Nantucket: 9

- Norfolk: 1,271

- Plymouth: 963

- Suffolk: 2,658

- Worcester: 978

- Unknown: 215

Across the U.S., there have been 7,616 deaths and 304,826 total coronavirus cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's up from 6,593 and 239,279 on Friday.

On March 9, when the state DPH began broadcasting COVID-19 status reports, there was one confirmed case and 41 presumptive cases of the disease.

By March 31, there were 6,620 confirmed cases in the state.


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