New Covid Cases Makes The Berkshires A Hot Spot
Daily new cases per 100k population
Daily new cases, also known as incidence, is the number of new COVID cases emerging each day in a location. This is measured by the number of positive test results, and it does not include individuals who are infected but asymptomatic or never get tested.
BERKSHIRE COUNTY, MASSACHUSETTS: Over the last week, Berkshire County, Massachusetts has averaged 39 new confirmed cases per day (31.0 for every 100,000 residents).
According to Berkshire Health Systems, Hospitalizations have jumped from just one inpatient three weeks ago to 12 as of Friday, while the positivity rate for tests performed by the hospital rose from 1.3 percent to 5 percent over the past few weeks. The Graph of daily cases above is for all of Berkshire County.
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, was at Berkshire Community College on Saturday afternoon, she praised local vaccine administration efforts and called Gov. Charlie Baker’s rollout “unacceptable.”
Warren told reporters at the clinic.
“The rollout has been slow and bumpy,” “It’s better now, but every single person that I have spoken to here said they had trouble getting signed up. That’s unacceptable anywhere. But it is particularly unacceptable in Massachusetts.”
Local coordinators stressed the need for more doses and Warren echoed their concerns, asking about everything from clinic organization to the syringes used to administer doses.
Saturday marked the start of an effort to get more teachers in the state vaccinated against COVID-19. WCVB-TV reports K-12 teachers and staff and childcare workers were prioritized for first-dose appointments at Massachusetts' seven mass vaccination sites. Saturday was the first of four scheduled days meant to support President Biden's directive to states to prioritize teacher vaccinations.
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