Massachusetts Total Cases as of July 9
Positive 105,138
Berkshire County  609
Deaths Statewide  8,053
Berkshire County deaths  45
Total Tested  920,002
 
July 9: The state reported 25 new deaths.
 
July 8: The nation passed the 3 million mark for confirmed COVID-19 cases but Massachusetts' numbers continue to decline. There are 30 deaths and only 162 new cases reported. However, the number of hospitals using surge capacity has risen from 1 on July 5 to five. Overall, the three-day average of patients hospitalized has dropped to 82 percent.
 
July 7: The state reported 15 new deaths. The six measures dictating the reopening have not changed since June 5; the positive test rate, hospitalizations, and testing capacity have a positive trend status and deaths, health-care system readiness and contract tracing are "in progress." 
 
July 6: DPH separated out probable cases/deaths from the data. No was reason given but it dropped the death count by 215 and the positive cases by more than 5,000. There were 15 new confirmed deaths from COVID-19 for a total of 7,983 (200 less than Sunday.) Phase 3 of the reopening began today.

July 5: The state reported 11 new deaths.
 
July 4: The state reported 23 new deaths on Saturday.
 
July 2 & 3: Berkshire County recorded its first death on July 3 since June 19, bringing the total number to 45. The number of confirmed cases continues to slowly tick, surpassing 600. The number of deaths statewide is 8,149 with 68 new deaths recorded over the past two days.
 
July 1: 28 new deaths were reported.
 
June 30: For the first time since March 20, zero new deaths have been reported by the state. The total number of confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths has also been reduced to 8,054 from 8,095 from cleaning up data to eliminate duplicate reports. 
 
June 29: The state reported 35 deaths and 101 new cases.
 
June 28: The number of deaths reported is again low, at 19; Berkshire County has not had a death related to COVID-19 since June 19. The count for the county remains at 44.
 
June 27: The number of deaths reported for Saturday is 28.
 
 

 

 

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.

 

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