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Pittsfield to Shut Down COVID-19 Dashboard

In alignment with this announcement, the City of Pittsfield will be shutting down the COVID-19 dashboard on the city's website.

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BHS Relaxing COVID-19 Infection Control Guideline

BHS is relaxing many of its COVID-19 infection control guidelines effective Thursday, May 11, 2023.

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FEMA Awards Over $2M to Mass for COVID-19 Hospital Staffing

The $2,079,767 Public Assistance grant will reimburse the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for the cost of contracting for medical and nursing staff to support the state-run medical facilities between April 2020 and July 2021.

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FEMA Awards Nearly $1.4 M to BMC for COVID-19 Testing Costs

The hospital also purchased supplies such as lab coats, masks, gloves, and propane for the testing tent, and contracted to provide security and cleaning services.

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Governor Announces End of COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

The announcement this week, ahead of the 45-day notice required by state law, allows additional time for impacted organizations to prepare for the end of the public health emergency.

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Pittsfield Health Board Talks Nationwide Effort to End the COVID Emergency

Public Health Nurse Patricia Tremblay said that there is an expectation to hear a verdict in April and the city will continue to follow guidance from the Center for Disease Control and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

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Gift Cards Available in South County For Those Getting COVID Booster

Appointments are required and there are slots available most weekdays 10-4 and some Saturdays 9 to noon at the Tri Town Health office located in the Airoldi Building located at 45 Railroad Street in Lee.

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State Gets Millions for COVID-19 Testing Costs

FEMA's Public Assistance program is a source of funding for states and communities recovering from a federally declared disaster or emergency.

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BHS Alters Days and Hours for COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

Effective on Monday, Feb. 6, COVID vaccination will be available only two days per week in Pittsfield and one day per week in North Adams for adults, and a Pediatric vaccine clinic will be held on a Friday once each month in Pittsfield.

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Pittsfield Sees COVID Spike in Sewage Testing, Another Death

On Tuesday, the city's virus concentration in sewage rose to 3 million copies per liter, compared to 1.3 million copies per liter on Christmas.

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Pittsfield COVID Rates Slightly Higher Than Thanksgiving

The city's Biobot sewage data showed a 1.1 million copies per liter virus concentration over the weekend, compared to the 1 million copies per liter concentration on Thanksgiving day.

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Bump in COVID-19 Cases Seen at Two County Nursing Homes

And all but four people found positive at a South County facility are fully recovered, according to a spokesperson for Integritus Healthcare.

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Pittsfield COVID Rates Remain Low for Thanksgiving

The city for the most part remains on the downward trend from two fall COVID-19 surges as the region enters the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

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Pittsfield Rebounds From COVID Surges in Time for Thanksgiving

The city is recovering from the two COVID-19 surges that occurred this fall and is on the low end of the red incidence rate.

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Berkshire Organizations Partner to Launch New Website to Help Grant Seekers

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission and several partner agencies joined to form BFF in response to a need for a clearinghouse focused on the investment of COVID-19 recovery dollars into the region, to improve the well-being of community members

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Pittsfield Saw Two Mini-COVID Surges This Fall

Health officials now say sewage testing is the truest indicator of the virus's impact on the community because it accounts for at-home tests.

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With Halloween Around the Corner, Pittsfield COVID Cases Decrease

On Wednesday, the positivity rate was 10.4, there were 33.6 daily cases per 100,000 and 81 actively contagious cases.

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Adams Gets Another Shipment of COVID Tests, PPE

Rhoads and Vice Chair Board Amy Oberlin said they distributed some tests at Ramblefest over the weekend. Several event-goers, they said, were interested.

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Pittsfield Experiencing Mini COVID Surge

On Monday, the positivity rate was 9.8 percent and there were 41.6 daily cases per 100,000 people, compared to an 8 percent positivity rate and an average daily case rate of 28.6 one month ago.

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New Bivalent COVID-19 Vaccine Available

The latest vaccine to combat COVID-19 is designed to provide protection from the BA.4 and BA.5 variants that currently make up the vast majority of novel coronavirus cases in the United States.

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Pittsfield COVID Cases Plateau, Cold Weather Spike Expected

The city's health director had good news on Wednesday, telling the Board of Health that COVID-19 cases have been plateauing for the last month after a small increase in July.

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Baker: State Support There as Schools Address Learning Loss

While face coverings, social distancing, remote learning and "hybrid" schedules largely are a thing of the past, the education deficits created by the pandemic have been front of mind for school officials for more than two years.

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North Adams Students Return to School with Minimal COVID Restrictions

Students in the North Adams Public Schools return to classes this week with minimal COVID-19 restrictions in place, as the district continues to follow public health guidance on the virus.

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Return to Normalcy Makes Pittsfield COVID Rates Rise

During Tuesday's City Council meeting, Director of Public Health Andy Cambi compared metrics from this summer and last summer.

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Pittsfield Back in 'Yellow Zone' for COVID-19 Transmission

On Tuesday, the percent positivity rate was 4.3, down from 5.3 last week. To be in the yellow zone, a community must have 10 or fewer average cases per 100,000 people or have a 5 percent or less positivity rate.