July 15: Both Adams and North Adams showed a spike in case counts over the past two weeks ending July 10, with Adams reporting five cases for a total of 358 and North Adams 13, for a total of 592. All other communities had counts of five or less. However, the 14-day positivity rate percentages were high for Florida (6.67), Hancock (12.5), North Adams (3.73), Savoy (4.35) and Stockbridge (4.17) largely because the numbers of tests taken during this time were low in comparison.
There were 30 reported cases in Berkshire County between June 27 and July 10, with North Adams accounting for 43 percent of new cases. The number from the week ending July 15 was 16; for that state it was 1,395, or nearly three times that of the week before of 508. The state over the past week averaged 200 new cases a day compared 81 the last week of June.
The total number of cases in the county since March 2020 is now 6,590 and the number of deaths has been at 288 since mid-June. The total number of cases statewide is 665,801 and deaths 17,655, for nine more deaths in the past week.
The state's seven-day average positive rate has ticked up to 0.87 percent after being in the 0.30 range for several weeks. The county's 14-day average positive rate as of July 13 was 0.69 percent compared to the state's 0.51.
There are about 100 people hospitalized and 18 intubated. BMC has no COVID-19 patients and four inpatients pending tests. The number of vaccine doses administered as of July 19 stands at 8,786,702 and the number of people fully vaccinated at 4.3 million. The state's population is about 6.9 million and the number 18 and older 4.9 million.
July 8: the seven-day average positive rate has risen to 0.47 percent after weeks in the low 0.30s or less. The average age of infection is 37 and more than 500 new cases were reported in the last week.
There have been 664,406 cases statewide and 17,646 deaths, 13 in the last week. There have been a dozen new cases in Berkshire County since last week but no deaths.
North Adams had 12 new cases for the two weeks ending July 3. Most of these cases are linked to an outbreak at a local establishment. The next closest was Pittsfield with five. Both Hancock and Florida had high two-week percent averages (12.5 and 6.25, respectively) but had fewer than five positive cases each. North Adams had the next highest rate of 2.98 percent. The county's 14-day positivity average was 0.43 percent.
There are fewer than 100 patients and only nine who are intubated. The number of fully vaccinated individuals now stands at 4.25 million and more than 70 percent of residents have received at least one dose.
July 1: There have been 11 new cases in the county over the past week including four reported Thursday for a total of 6,562. There have been no deaths in the past week. Sheffield continues with the highest case count of 5 and a 14-day average positive rate of 3.47 percent. Peru also has a rate higher than 1 percent, at 1.14. Eight communities, including North and Pittsfield, had fewer than five cases reported in the two weeks ending on June 26.
The state has had 420 new cases including 76 reported Thursday and 11 deaths, three of those reported Thursday. The state numbers now stand at 17,633 deaths and 663,898 cases. The seven-day average positive rate is 0.37 percent.
Hospitalizations remain at about 100 statewide and 11 patients are currently intubated. BMC has one patient on precautions and nine pending tests. The average age of people testing positive is 36 and the average age at death is 72.
National cases stand at 33,675,013 and deaths at 604,972. Globally, there have been 182,427,888 cases and 3,950,395 deaths. More than 3 trillion doses of vaccine have been administered.
Pittsfield reports 57 percent of its residents fully vaccinated. There have been 8,636,025 doses of vaccine administered statewide and 4.2 million people are now fully vaccinated.
June 24: Since our last update on June 15, there have been 14 new cases reported in Berkshire County, including one today, for a total of 6,551. There has been one death, bringing the toll to 288. Nine of the county's 32 communities have a 14-day positive average rate above zero, including Sheffield with the highest at 4.35 percent. This accounts for a spike of six cases between June 6 and June 19. Seven other communities had counts of less than five each, including Adams and Pittsfield.
The five communities with the highest total case numbers as of June 19 were 352 for Adams, 461 for Great Barrington, 337 for Lee, 579 for North Adams and 3,002 for Pittsfield.
The seven-day positive average rate for the state is 0.32 percent and the 14-day positive average rate for the county is 0.31 percent.
Since last week, there have been 568 new cases statewide and 36 deaths for totals of 663,478 and 17,622, respectively. However, the number of active cases stands at less than 1,700 and the number of hospitalizations is below 100, with only 15 patients intubated.
The number of single doses of vaccine stands at 8,505,005 and the total of people fully inoculated at 4,125,320.
June 15: the state of emergency declared in March 2020 ends as of today, Tuesday. The Legislature is still working through some extensions of the public health regulations and related issues such as mail-in voting and remote participation at public meetings.
The state's active cases are now below 2,500 and hospitalizations were at 124, with 24 intubated. There was one case in Berkshire County for a total of 6,357 and no deaths; statewide there were 55 cases and two deaths. Nationally, the number of deaths from COVID-19 passed 600,000 and total cases are at 33,485,557.
In good news, the state passed 4 million fully vaccinated individuals at 4,003,540; 8,329,413 have had at least one vaccine dose.
This is the last daily update for this page; we will shift to an end of week update beginning this week and through the next month.
June 14: The county again recorded no deaths and no new cases. The state now has 2,636 active cases, adding 44 new cases Monday for a total of 662,855 and eight deaths, bringing that total to 17,584. The seven-day average positive rate is 0.42 percent. The governor had set a goal of 4 million fully vaccinated individuals by this week but we are still 30,000 short. Vermont reached the 80 percent goal of vaccinating the population and has fully reopened. Massachusetts' emergency order expires tomorrow, Wednesday, with some caveats and the Legislature is expected to pass some extensions until later this summer.
June 13: There were only 33 new cases in the state on Sunday, one of which was in Berkshire County. There were no deaths from COVID-19 at all. The seven-day positive average rate was 0.42 percent.
June 12: there were no deaths and no cases reported in the county. The state reported 113 new cases for a total of 662,778 and two more deaths for a total of 17,576. The seven-day average positive rate is 0.44 percent. There are only 136 patients statewide.
June 11: The county's numbers ticked up by two for a total of 6,535 and no deaths. There were eight more deaths statewide for a total of 17,574 and 121 new cases for a total of 662,665. There are now fewer than 3,000 active cases in the state.
The seven-day average positive rate has dropped below a half percent, to 0.47, and 3,934,823 of the state's residents and out of state students and workers are fully vaccinated.
June 10: Berkshire County is completely in the gray for the first time since last October. There were only two reported cases, no deaths and no patients at BMC, although three people were pending tests.
Over the past two weeks, only four communities reported new cases with Pittsfield the highest at nine. Lee, Lenox and Stockbridge reported fewer than five each. Those same four communities also had the only 14-day positivity averages: Lee had 1.78 percent, Lenox 0.47, Pittsfield 0.57 and Stockbridge 1.41. The county's 14-day average was 0.9 percent with a total case count of 16. The only county lower in cases was Franklin with 10; Hampshire had 17.
The state reported 85 new cases for a total of 662,544 and seven deaths, bringing the toll to 17,566. The seven-day average positive rate is 0.51
The number of active cases in people 60 and older has dropped dramatically to 315 total. The highest group for some time, ages 20 to 29, stands at 397 after months in the thousands. The total number of active cases is 3,191.
More than 8.2 million vaccine doses have been administered in the state and 3.9 million people are now considered fully vaccinated. Nationally, about 306 million doses have been administered and about half the population age 12 and older is vaccinated. More than 2.2 billion doses have been given globally.