With this daily feature, The Eagle runs down breaking local developments in the coronavirus crisis.
RMV PUSHES DATES: Once again, the Registry of Motor Vehicles is giving people more time to do their favorite chores: re-upping your car registration, renewing your driver's license or even getting your vehicle inspected.
On the matter of inspections, this is likely to be the last time the RMV works the clock, given the ability of inspection stations to operate.
Those with learner's permits who hoped to be fully licensed by summer can stop hoping. Only those holding commercial permits can schedule road tests, the RMV said Tuesday.
If your regular or commercial driver's license expired in March or April or does so this month, those are now valid through September. All passenger vehicle registrations that expired or will expire by June are now good through July. The RMV has a chart on its website listing all the new due dates for paperwork to be completed.
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 percentage change since April 15.
- Seven-day weighted average of positive test rate: 8.6, down 70 percent.
- Three-day average of number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals: 2,136, down 40 percent.
- Number of hospitals using surge capacity to care: 8, down 62 percent.
- Three-day average of COVID-19 deaths: 57, down 63 percent.
THE NUMBERS: The number of people killed by COVID-19 in Berkshire County rose by one Tuesday to 39. Fourteen new cases confirmed for the county, pushing the total to 537.
The state Department of Public Health reported 57 new deaths across Massachusetts, for a total of 6,473. The report added 422 confirmed cases for a new state total of 93,693.
SABIC DONATES: A global company with a plant in Pittsfield is donating $25,000 to the Berkshire United Way to help local responses to the coronavirus. SABIC runs a Polymer Processing Development Center in the city, one of 60 facilities in 50 countries. The company, based in Houston, has also donated $500,000 worth of its products, a company spokesman said, to help produce personal protective equipment for frontline workers.
The Pittsfield center is also giving face shields to local police and fire departments.
AT THE HOSPITALS: As of Tuesday, Berkshire Medical Center reported caring for three patients, none of them in intensive care. Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington had no cases.
The COVID-19 patient count for other western Massachusetts hospitals: Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, 18 cases, five in ICU; Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, nine cases, none in ICU; Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, 71 cases, 21 in ICU; Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, 21 cases, seven in ICU; Holyoke Hospital, nine cases, one in ICU; Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield, two cases, none in ICU.
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