Massachusetts Total Cases as of May 6
Positive Statewide  650,859
Berkshire County  6,393
Deaths Statewide  17,311
Berkshire County deaths  282
Seven-Day Positive Test Rate   1.37
Number of Doses to Date  6,501,263 
Residents Fully Vaccinated  2,774,629
www.getvaccinatedberkshires.org
 
May 6: the state passed 650,000 in total cases on Thursday with a report of 1,004 bringing the count to date to 650,859. There were five more deaths bringing the toll to 17,311. The county reported 18 new cases, for a total of 6,393, and no deaths.
 
BMC reports five on precautions and the total hospitalizations statewide has dropped below 500 though 137 people are still in ICUs. The average age of hospitalizations is 60 and average age at death, 70.
 
The number of cases in those 70 and older has dropped below 500, and below 2,000 for 60 and older. There are currently 20,498 estimated active cases statewide. Pittsfield has only updated its dashboard as of Monday, May 3, to show 3,111 total cases and 52 active cases. There has not been a death in the Berkshires since April 15.
 
The seven-day average positive rate is 1.37 percent; the Berkshires 14-day average positive rate is 1.55 percent. More than 6.5 million residents have now had at least one dose of the vaccine.
 
May 4:  The county reported 11 new cases, for a total of 6,359, and no deaths; the state had 718 new cases for a total of 648,967 and five deaths, for a total of 17,293. The seven-day average positive rate was 1.6 percent. National numbers now stand at 32,499,987 cases and   578,208 deaths.
 
May 3: Gov. Patrick on Monday announced that the state's vaccine dosage were expected to double and the Berkshire Vaccine Collaborative opened three clinics this week to walk-ins. Some 6.3 million doses have been administered and 2.6 million adults are now fully vaccinated.
 
"This represents an incredible achievement that people in Massachusetts are outperforming the rest of the country by leaps and bounds," the governor said on Monday. "As a result, hospitalizations are down by 77 percent since Jan. 1, new positive cases are down by 82 percent since Jan. 1, and the most vulnerable residents in Massachusetts are protected from this terrible virus."
 
In comparison, the number of active cases was 79,261 on Jan. 3 and 23,676 on May 3. The number of cases for those 60 and older was 11,718 on Jan. 3 compared to 1,837 May 3. There were 2,291 patients and 416 in ICU at the beginning of the year; on May 3, hospitalizations stood at 522 with 133 in ICU. 
 
The county recorded 10 new cases and the state 481 for totals of 6,348 and 648,249, respectively. The county had no deaths and the state 18, for a total of 17,288. The seven-day average positive rate is 1.49 percent, compared to 8.42 percent on Jan. 3.
 
May 2: The county had a total of 43 new cases over the weekend, 29 on Saturday and 14 on Sunday, for a total of 6,338. The state had a total of 1,901 for 647,768 cases to date. There were 11 deaths but none in the Berkshires.
 
As of last week, approximately 65,949 county residents have received at least one dose of vaccine; about 46,027 are fully vaccinated. The county has a population of about 124,944 so about 37 percent are now fully vaccinated.
 
 
April 30: more than 6 million of the state's 7 million residents, and those who may work or go to school here, have had at least one dose of vaccine. Some 2.5 million are now fully vaccinated.
 
The county recorded 19 new cases, for a total of 6,295, and the state 1,179, for a total of 645,867. There were no deaths in the county but 16 in the state for a total of 17,259. The seven-day positive average rate is 1.65 percent. National numbers are 32,337,011 cases and 575,845 deaths.
 
 
April 29: The county's two cities had the highest number of new cases over the past two weeks with North Adams reporting 49 and Pittsfield 140. Adams, the largest town, reported 25. However, Adams has dropped into the yellow category after four weeks in the red; Dalton, North Adams and Pittsfield are also yellow and all other communities are in the gray. Adams has a 14-day average positivity rate of 2.81 percent; Dalton 2.83; North Adams 2.55, and Pittsfield 3.19. 
 
Florida and Otis both had high rates of 6.98 percent and 7.84 percent, but again this is a matter of low cases numbers/tests. Florida had fewer than five cases over the past two weeks for a total of 16 and Otis eight new cases for a total of 63.
 
As of April 24, North Adams reported a total of 556 cases; Pittsfield as of April 28 had 3,064 with about 60 active cases but about half its population vaccinated.
 
The county added 23 new cases (6,276) and the state 1,260 (644,688). The county had no deaths and the state 16 (17,243). The seven-day average positive rate is 1.63 and hospitalizations have dropped below 600. The average patient age is 61 and the age at death is 69. 
 
April 28: the numbers went back up Wednesday with the county recording 27 (6,253) new cases and the state 1,392 (643,428). There have been no deaths reported in the Berkshires for 14 days. The state reported 12 (17,227).
 
The seven-day positive average rate remains at 1.71 percent; the county's 14-day average is now 1.59 percent. According to the weekly county report, the Berkshires saw 307 new cases over 14 days for a daily average of 17.3 per 100,000.
 

 

 

 

1) Wash your hands frequently

2) Cover sneezes and coughs

3) Avoid close contact with people if you or they are ill

4) Don't touch your eyes, face or mouth

5) Disinfect frequently touched surfaces

 

Health Secretary Marylou Sudders demonstrates the correct way to wash your hands.

Cancellations, Closures & Changes 😷

Phase 3, Step One of state reopening began on July 6.

Please assume that your local governmental offices, libraries and COAs are closed or operating under limited conditions. Use your town's official website for business or call to find out what precautions have been put in place. Always call ahead to ensure your destination is open.

July 21: Gov. Charlie Baker extended the pause on evictions and foreclosures for 60 days, until Oct. 17, 2020, through the authority granted to the governor by Chapter 65 of the Acts of 2020, An Act providing for a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures during the COVID-19 Emergency, which was signed into law on April 20, 2020. 

 

• The Pittsfield RMV is appointment only for only critical services that cannot be done online or over the phone. Check the website for licenses and certificates that have been extended.

Restaurants are open to outside dining and limited in-door dining; many are still offering takeout options. Bars are closed to on-premise consumption.

• Most performances, clubs, fundraisers still cannot be held.

• Indoor activities cannot exceed 25 people in a single enclosed, indoor space. This includes worship, movie theaters, museums and other cultural institutions.

• Fitness centers, health clubs, indoor recreational activities and personal services such as nail salons, barbers and hairdressers can open if abiding by masking, sanitation, social distancing and limited access.
 
• Most state programs are canceled and non-essential executive branch employees have been ordered to stay home.  

Banks are currently open for drive-up, online banking, ATMs; some lobbies began opening on July 6. Check with your bank. 

All groceries, pharmacies, department, convenience and other retail stores are open; masking and social distancing required. 

Child-care centers open only for essential personnel. Visitation at nursing homes and medical facilities have been broadened although anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should avoid entering care facilities. 

Other services and organizations are mainly open for phone consultation and limited person-to-person contact. 

What you can do 

Take a walk or a bicycle ride. Spring clean. Call friends or Facetime. Get your garden ready. Check on folks who may need help. Watch a movie. Order from your favorite restaurants. Take a deep breath. Wash your hands.

 

 

Northern Berkshire COVID-19 Operations Center

Residents can call with questions at 413-662-3614, answered between 8 and 5 weekdays and voicemail for after hours, or use nbcovid@gmail.com

Berkshire Medical Center

Toll-free hotline for questions staffed seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m: 1-855-BMC-LINK or 1-855-262-5465.

Berkshire Health Systems also has page with upated information here.

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center 

Southwestern Vermont Health Care has an information page with links to public health websites for area states. 

The COVID-19 hotline is staffed weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The number is 802-440-8844.

 

Communities

North Adams COVID-19 updates has links to information and to subscribe to a daily email update.

Pittsfield's COVID-19 page has links to a daily update page and to subscribe for alerts

 

Other Information Sites

Massachusetts Department of Public Health: 617-983-6800

Vermont Department of Health: 802-863-7240

New York Department of Health: 888-364-3065

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services: call 603-271-4496 (after-hours 603-271-5300)

U.S. Centers for Disease Control has information and latest updates.

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