image description
Interim Director of Public Health Andrew Cambi updates the City Council on pandemic numbers on Tuesday night.

Pittsfield 'Not Where We Want to Be' With COVID Cases

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff
Print Story | Email Story

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Interim Director of Public Health Andrew Cambi told the City Council on Tuesday that Pittsfield is "holding steady" with COVID-19 cases and "not where we want to be."

He reported a COVID-19 death in the city over the weekend. The age and vaccination status of the person was not identified.

"Unfortunately, we had a death over the weekend," Cambi said. "very unfortunate, condolences to the family and friends to that individual."

To date, there have been 77 deaths in the city.

The community is currently in the yellow incidence rate for having 10 or more cases per 100,000 people and is at a 2.4 percent positivity rate with around 75 estimated actively contagious cases.  

Around July 20, the city began to see a rise in cases and started to plateau in early August.

In response to the rise in cases, the city has been increasing contact tracing efforts and urges residents to cooperate if they are contacted by a Berkshire Health Systems staff about possible exposure.

"I urge the community to continue to work with our contact tracing team by answering the phone calls by giving them a call back," Cambi explained.

"And understand that our contact tracing team is there to work with them and assist with any questions that they might have, and hopefully we can collaborate together with our residents to get the information to everybody."

He said the only upward trend that he likes to see is vaccinations. The city is at a 73 percent vaccination rate for people who have received their first shot and 64 percent for fully vaccinated.

Countywide, around 80 percent of eligible individuals have received their first shot and around 70 percent are fully vaccinated.

Early this month, former Director of Public Health Gina Armstrong announced her resignation effective Sept. 10. She cited a need for more balance in her life and to spend more time with her family.

The Board of Health unanimously appointed Cambi, the former senior sanitarian, as interim director of public health and a search for a permanent replacement for Armstrong is being led by Director of Human Resources Michael Taylor.


Tags: COVID-19,   


More Coronavirus Updates

Keep up to date on the latest COVID-19 news:


0 Comments
iBerkshires.com welcomes critical, respectful dialogue; please keep comments focused on the issues and not on personalities. Profanity, obscenity, racist language and harassment are not allowed. iBerkshires reserves the right to ban commenters or remove commenting on any article at any time. Concerns may be sent to info@iberkshires.com.

BCC Sees Increase in Enrollment Count

PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College (BCC) recently released its enrollment data for fall 2021 — a season still  impacted by COVID-19, but with a growing number of first-year and continuing students. 
 
 Key findings include: 
  • Overall enrollment is up 1.4 percent over 2020 
  • The first-year student population is up 16.4 percent 
  • Continuing students are up 3.9 percent 
  • Full-time equivalent (FTE) students are down 1.2 percent 
  • Readmitted students (those who leave college for less than a year and reapply) are down 27.27 percent
The number of non-degree-seeking students has also grown, largely due to BCC's Early College program, which offers up to 15 free college credits to high school juniors and seniors. BCC has increased the number eligible students for the program.  
 
"I'm thrilled that our new student and continuing student numbers are up. The BCC team has worked so hard to create an environment during the pandemic in which students could continue to thrive," said Adam Klepetar, BCC Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. "We continue to operate successfully in a very challenging enrollment environment, with decreases in the number of high school graduates and increases in competition." 
 
View Full Story

More Pittsfield Stories