Massachusetts Total Cases as of April 5
Positive  12,500
Berkshire County  258
Hospitalized (statewide)  1,145
Deaths Statewide  231
Berkshire County deaths  13
Total Tested  71,937
 
 
April 5: Three more Berkshire County residents have died: three women in their 60s, 90s, and 100s. Total of number of deaths reported statewide on Sunday is 15.
 
April 4: A Berkshire County woman and a man, both in their 90s, and a man in his 80s have died; total deaths statewide rose by 24 to 253.
 
April 3: There were 38 more deaths reported on Friday, none in Berkshire County. However, Williamstown Commons has reported two deaths on Wednesday so it is not clear if they were COVID-19 related.
 
April 2: Thirty-two more deaths have been reported for a total of 154 to date. The majority were hospitalized, including a Suffolk woman in her 30s.
 
April 1: The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state jumped by 1,118; 33 new deaths were recorded for a total of 122 since the pandemic spread to Massachusetts.While most of the deaths have been of residents ranging in age from their 60s to 100s, a man in his 30s has died in Suffolk County. The majority have also died in the hospital. Williamstown Commons reports that the number cases has remained at 20.  
 
March 31: A Berkshire County woman in her 80s has died. The state reports 33 new deaths for a total of 80. These numbers presumably contain the six COVID-19 deaths confirmed at the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke that were not previously reported; another five deaths there are being investigated as COVID-19.
 
Pittsfield is reporting a total of 61 active cases; a Pittsfield death was reported March 23.
 
March 30: Eight new deaths reported: Man in his 60s and woman in her 70s, Middlesex; woman, 80s, and man, 60s, Essex; woman, 70s, Norfolk; two women, 70s and 60s, Suffolk; and woman, 70s, Bristol. 
 
March 29: DPH reports four more deaths, including a Berkshire County woman in her 80s who had not been hospitalized. Also a man in his 80s from Essex County; woman, 90s, Middlesex; and woman, 70s, Norfolk.

March 28: Nine more people have died: woman in her 60s in Essex County; woman, 80s, Suffolk; man, 80s, and woman, 50s, Worcester; woman and man, both 80s, Norfolk; two men, 70s and 80s, and woman, 90s, Hampden.

March 27: Two more Berkshire County residents have died from complications of COVID-19: a man in his 60s and a woman in her 90s. Both had been hospitalized. Eight other state residents have also died: three women in their 80s and a man in his 60s from Norfolk County; woman, 90s, Franklin; man, 80s, Middlesex; man, 90s, Barnstable, and a woman, 90s, Bristol. 

March 26: 10 deaths total. Two men (50s & 80s) from Essex; two men (70s & 80s) and a woman (80s) from Middlesex; man, 80s, Hampden; man, 90s, Suffolk; man, 80s, Worcester; woman, 70s, Norfolk; man, 80s, Franklin. All but three confirmed hospitalized. 

March 25: A man and a woman in their 70s from Worcester County and two men in their 80s from Norfolk and Barnstable counties. All four had been hospitalized.

March 24: A Berkshire County woman in her 60s and a woman in her 80s from Middlesex County have died. 

March 23: Two women, both in their 70s and from Essex and Worcester counties, and two men — one in his 60s from Suffolk County and the other in his 80s from Norfolk County — have died. All four had been hospitalized.

March 22: A Berkshire County man has reportedly died from COVID-19, according to a statement by the DPH.

The first deaths resulting from COVID-19 in the state occurred on March 20  (a man in his 80s from Suffolk County) and on March 21 (a woman in her 50s from Middlesex County).

 

 

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.

 

 

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 😷

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.

• 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.

• All restaurants and bars are closed to on-premise consumption; please consider ordering takeout from them or buying gift cards to help them through this difficult period. 

• All schools are closed at least through May 4. All gatherings of more than 10 are prohibited; expect that all meetings, performances, clubs, fundraisers, worship services and other such activities are canceled. 

• All state programs are canceled and non-essential executive branch employees have been ordered to stay home. Museums and other cultural institutions are closed as are movie theaters and YMCAs.  

Banks are currently open for driveup, online banking, ATMs or the drive-up. 

• Groceries, pharmacies, department and convenience stores are still open. PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT BUY MORE THAN YOU NEED. Rules in effect include maintaining a 6-foot distance, shopping hours for vulnerable populations, and access to disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer.

Child-care centers open only for essential personnel. Visitation at nursing homes and medical facilities are limited to prevent virus spread. 

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.