Massachusetts Total Cases as of Sept. 24
Positive  126,863
Berkshire County  705
Deaths Statewide  9,150
Berkshire County deaths  49
Total Individuals Tested  2,144,396

Sept. 24: The state reported 15 deaths and 455 new cases statewide. Berkshire County's count dropped by one. The number of hospitalizations remain high at 375, with 29 people intubated. There are no patients at BMC. Both Williams College and MCLA remain at three cases each. 
 
Sept. 23: Gov. Baker announced Phase III modifications for restaurants starting Monday, Sept. 28. Eateries will be able to seat parties of up to 10 and restaurant bar seating will be permitted with social distancing protections in place. "No standing around the bar," Baker admonished at press conference at which the changes were announced. 
 
Free COVID-19 testing was also extended to Oct. 31 in 18 high priority that includes Holyoke and Springfield. 
 
The number of deaths statewide was reported at 17 and the number of new cases 532. Statewide hospitalizations remain in the mid-300s but there are no patients in Berkshire County. 
 
Two communities  Great Barrington and Williamstown — have shifted to yellow on the state's daily incidence rate for having between four and eight positive cases. Williamstown had six positives (presumably from the outbreak at Pine Cobble School) over the past two weeks and Great Barrington, eight.
 
 
 
Sept. 22: The number of deaths related to COVID-19 passed the 200,000 mark nationwide. The toll in Massachusetts was 11, for a total of 9,118 to date. There were two more positive cases reported in Berkshire County but no hospitalizations. The CDC released its guidance for Halloween and towns are expected to make decisions regarding the holiday in the next few weeks.
 
Sept. 21: Berkshire County has added one new case and the state, 244. There were seven reported deaths. The seven-day average remains at 0.8.
 
Sept. 20: The number of cases in Berkshire County has not changed and BMC no longer has a patient. The state reported 15 new deaths for a total to date of 9,100.
 
Sept. 19: The state report has reduced the total number of Berkshire County cases by one, bringing it down to 701. There is one patient at BMC and the number of hospitalizations statewide has increased to that of late August (more than 360) after trending downward for several weeks. The seven-day average of positive cases remains at 0.8 percent but 569 new cases were recorded out of more than 21,000 tests. 
 
Sept. 18: The number of cases in Berkshire County jumped by 10 on Friday, the largest spike since a one-day increase of 23 on June 1. One student at Berkshire Community College reportedly tested positive on Wednesday, Sept. 16. There has been one more death: the total number increased to 49 on Thursday even though no single death was reported. The number on Friday was still 49. The number of hospitalizations has also crept up with the three-day average at 356 and five hospitals using surge capacity. There are 338 patients with  62 in ICU and 25 who are intubated. There are no patients in Berkshire County. 
 
Sept. 17: The number of total individuals tested statewide passed 2 million on Wednesday and the number of deaths totaled 9,051. The seven-day average remained below 1 percent but the number of new cases was 419. Gov. Baker on Thursday urged citizens to get a flu shot as a way to support health-care workers. 
 
Sept. 16: The county has reported its second death in four days after weeks of registering no fatalities from the novel coronavirus. The death toll is now 48 and the number of total cases 690 with the addition of three new cases. There have been no new cases at the local colleges and The number of deaths statewide is reported at 9,036. In good news, all of Berkshire County is now in the gray; both the cities had been green and Williamstown had been in the yellow last week.
 
Sept. 15: The number of total COVID-19 cases in Berkshire County continue to increase by two or three a day and currently stands at 687. This is not the number of active cases but rather the number of positives since March. There are no hospitalizations in Berkshire County. Berkshire Healthcare reports two employees testing positive as of Sept. 13 but no residents. The number of deaths statewide is reported as six. 
 
Sept. 14: The state reported nine new deaths. More than 3 million tests have been completed and the number of positives since March is 123,139. The seven-day average of positives tests remains under 1 percent. There were no changes in the colleges' positive numbers but Pine Cobble School opted to return to remote for two weeks after a teacher tested positive.
 
Sept. 13: The county reported its first death from COVID since July 30, bringing the total to date to 47. The state's number of deaths passed 9,000, with 14 reported deaths, bringing its total 9,001. The total number of deaths nationwide is 194,021.
 
 
 

 

 

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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