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Two more Berkshirites killed by virus; 77 dead across Mass., state says

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PITTSFIELD — Another two Berkshire residents have died from the coronavirus, along with 75 other residents of the commonwealth, the state Department of Public Health announced Wednesday.

The county's death total stands at 20, up from 18 on Tuesday, according to the state. Statewide, the death toll has risen to 433., up from 356 on Tuesday.  

The Berkshire deaths announced Wednesday were a woman in her 80s and woman in her 90s, according to the state. The DPH said the deaths reported Wednesday reflect deaths occurring over more than the previous 24 hours. 

Cases in Berkshire increased only by a few to 281, up from 278 on Tuesday, according to the state. 

There also are now 1,588  new confirmed cases statewide, for a total of 16,790 statewide.

The cases, by county, are as follows:
• Barnstable: 423
• Berkshire: 281
• Bristol: 835
• Dukes: 8
• Essex: 2,103
• Franklin: 117
• Hampden: 1,081
• Hampshire: 164
• Middlesex: 3,545
• Nantucket: 9
• Norfolk: 1,778
• Plymouth: 1,327
• Suffolk: 3,600
• Worcester: 1,296
• Unknown: 223 

There were 6167 new virus tests conducted, for a total of 87511. That's up from 81,344 on Tuesday.

Across the U.S., there have been 395,011 total cases and 12,754 total deaths,  according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's up from 374,329 cases and 12,064 deaths announced on Tuesday. 


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