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Mayor Linda Tyer cautions that the city of Pittsfield has seen an uptick in COVID-19 cases.

Pittsfield COVID-19 Cases Reaching Early August Levels

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayor Linda Tyer is urging residents to be cautious this Labor Day weekend as COVID-19 cases in the city rise to levels seen in early August.
 
During her Friday address on Pittsfield Community Television, she said there have been 12 new COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks in the city.
 
"We are a lower risk community ... however this slight uptick in the positivity rate should be a warning to all of us," Tyer said. "We continue to battle a dangerous and highly contagious public health epidemic."
 
The mayor was referring to the state's COVID-19 community-level data map. Pittsfield has hit 2 for normalized cases per 100,000. Although still in the green low-risk category, Tyer asked residents to remain vigilant especially this Labor Day weekend.
 
"Please be safe," she said. "This is not the time to let our guard down ... avoid large gatherings, wear a mask, and social distance. Let's continue to do the right thing."
 
The city has had 221 total positive cases to date and six deaths. 
 
Tyer also spoke to the state Department of Public Health's flu vaccine mandate for all children and said Berkshire Health Systems and the city's public health agencies are preparing for additional clinics.
 
In other comments, she congratulated U.S. Rep. Richard Neal and U.S. Sen. Edward Markey on their Democratic primary victories Tuesday and thanked the 10,000-plus Pittsfield citizens who voted. 
 
"Thank you all who found a way to safely exercise your right and actively participate in our democracy," she said. 
 
She said the unofficial number of votes cast is 10,707. This includes ballots sent in via mail.
 
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Emanuel Ex performed in pop up concerts throughout the city and the county this week as a special thank you for front line workers.
 
"Pittsfield is truly proud to be home of this momentous and cherished occasions," Tyer said. "I think it's time that we give Yo-Yo Ma and honorary residency in the city of Pittsfield." 
 
Tyer also sent her condolences to the family of former Pittsfield Mayor Remo Del Gallo who died Tuesday at the age of 94.
 
"He was a beloved member of our community who generously shared his political wisdom with those of us who sought elected office," she said. "He had a great scene of humor and was a brilliant storyteller."

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Pittsfield Historical Commission OKs Demos in Morningside Area

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

Catherine Holland explains the reasoning behind the applications for demolition of the four properties.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Historical Commission approved Kellogg Properties and Mill Town Capital's applications to demolish four buildings in the Morningside area.

A number of these buildings have been vacant for some time and all have structural issues that make them unlivable such as damaged heating systems, poor roofing, water damage, foundation issues, and mold infestation.

Mill Town's first applications for demolition were for the abutting structures on 10 Winter St., 27 Curtis St., and 33 Curtis St.

These properties are not a group, but are all more or less the same shape and size. The commission agreed that the buildings don't host any significant architecture or historical significance.

Project representative Rebecca Weeks, who co-founded and leads Blueprint Property Group, explained that these properties have been stripped of all of their piping, their heating systems aren't working, the roofs are in bad condition, and the foundations are not sound.

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