With increases in COVID-19 cases here in Berkshires County saw a dramatic one-day increase in COVID-19 cases Tuesday, with the confirmed count rising 42, the biggest jump in months. We have heard of new cases popping up in schools & restaurants too.

The confirmed case count at 903, up from 861 on Monday, according to the state Department of Public Health. CDC recommends that people wear masks in public settings, like on public and mass transportation, at events and gatherings, and anywhere they will be around other people.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Here is a little refresher on where and when On what & how to wear Face masks.

Wear your Mask Correctly.

Wash your hands before putting on your mask.

Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.

Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face.

Make sure you can breathe easily.

Masks should NOT be worn by children under age 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

Do NOT use a mask meant for a healthcare worker. Currently, surgical masks and N95 respirators are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders.

Wear masks with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19.


Wear the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.

Masks should be worn by people two years and older.

Masks should NOT be worn by children younger than two, people who have trouble breathing, or people who cannot remove the mask without assistance.


Do NOT wear masks intended for healthcare workers, for example, N95 respirators.

CDC does not recommend the use of face shields alone. Evaluation of face shields is ongoing but effectiveness is unknown at this time.

CDC does not recommend use of masks or cloth masks for source control if they have an exhalation valve or vent.

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Information from CDC.GOV

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