Friday there was 44 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Berkshire County, for a seven-day rolling average of 55.7 new daily cases. It’s a 58 decrease percentage from two weeks ago.
Berkshire Health Systems had nine hospitalized patients with positive COVID-19 tests since its last update. There was two new deaths reported in Berkshire County, for a pandemic total of 394.
Berkshire County has high transmittance, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommends wearing masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status, at substantial or high levels of transmission.
Throughout the state there were 1,983 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The state had 719 hospitalized patientswith 47 new deaths reported. To date, 22,408 people in Massachusetts have died from COVID-19.
Across Massachusetts, 76.4% of the population is fully vaccinated, according to state data. County-level vaccination rates are reported weekly, and 74% of Berkshire County residents have been fully vaccinated since last week.
TESTING SITES: You can get tests for COVID-19 at the following three places:
• Pittsfield – 505 East St., St Luke’s Square, next to BHS Urgent Care – Open seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• North Adams – 98 Church St., next to the North Adams Library – Open seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Great Barrington – 475 Main St., next to Great Barrington Police Department – Open seven days a week from 8 am to noon.
Testing appointments are required at all locations. Call 855-262-5465 or visit berkshirepatientportal.com. The hotline is generally open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
ACCESS TO VACCINES: Berkshire Health Systems testing centers also provide vaccines, including boosters. Vaccine appointments can be made by calling the hotline at 855-262-5465 or visiting the Berkshire Patient Portal. Since the end of January, appointments have been readily available without a long wait.
Community Health Programs publishes the schedule for its mobile vaccination van at chpberkshires.org/mobile. Vaccines are available without an appointment. For information call 413-528-0457.
Report for America staff member Danny Jin is the reporter for The Eagle’s Statehouse. He can be reached at [email protected], @djinreports on Twitter and 413-496-6221.