Pittsfield Police Investigating Three Car Accident On South Street.

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A three car accident on South Street, in which one driver was charged for speeding, leaves two with minor injuries.

On Saturday, Jan. 9 around 3:12 pm Pittsfield Police Department, Pittsfield Fire Department and County Ambulance responded to the intersection of South Street and South Mountain Road for a report of a vehicle accident with unknown injuries. 
 
As a result of the preliminary investigation, it was determined the driver of a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee, identified as 35 year old Matthew Arico of Cheshire, was traveling northbound on South Street and struck the rear of a 2016 Toyota Camry, operated by 31 year old Ryan Harmon of Pittsfield. This impact pushed Harmon's vehicle into the rear of a 2014 Toyota Corolla, being operated by 57 year old Gina Squires of Dalton.
 
Investigation showed Harmon's and Squires' vehicles were stopped or had just started forward traveling northbound at the intersection when Arico struck the rear of Harmon's vehicle. 
 
Based on the amount of damage to the vehicles, it is believed Arico was traveling higher than posted speed limit. 
 
Arico and Harmon were transported by County Ambulance to Berkshire Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Squires refused medical transport at the scene. 
 
Northbound traffic was diverted at Dan Fox Drive while the accident was cleared and the roadway was opened up at approximately 4:00 PM. Arico was cited with failing to use care and speeding. 
 
The accident remains under investigation by the Pittsfield Police Traffic Unit. Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is asked to contact Officer David Hallas at 448-9700 Ext. 560 

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Pittsfield Seeing Decrease in Average Rate of COVID-19 Cases

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After a month of sharp COVID-19 increase, the city is seeing a decreasing average case rate.

"With regards to the number of cases we have been seeing, we continue to get high and low case days," Director of Public Health Andy Cambi wrote in an email on Friday. "It is a similar trend we have seen with past spikes. The cases would slowly decrease, usually taking periodic significant drops and then leveling off for a time."

There were 94 new cases on Thursday, 75 on Wednesday, 124 on Tuesday, and 46 on Monday.

The average case rate per 100,000 people is 223.6 after peaking at an all-time high of 283.1 on Jan. 16.  

The positivity rate is now 16.8 percent, down from 18.1 on Jan. 17. That metric was close to the pandemic's highest positivity rate of 19.2 that occurred in early April 2020.


Similarly, the number of estimated actively contagious cases has dropped to 445, whereas there were 790 on Jan. 15.  

There are currently 21 COVID-positive patients on precautions in Berkshire Medical Center. Pittsfield's 14-day hospitalization rate is 1 to 1.94 for vaccinated to unvaccinated patients.

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