The Covid-19 Count As We head Into 2021
The state Department of Public Health said, Berkshire County saw four new COVID-19 deaths over the holiday weekend, with one reported Friday and Saturday (no figures were released on Christmas Day) and three deaths reported Sunday, Berkshire County saw two new COVID-19 deaths Monday, raising the total to 131, with the confirmed case count up 56, to 2,733,
The DPH said 48 new deaths were reported in Massachusetts on Monday, pushing the statewide total to 11,900. Deaths including those listed as probably caused by COVID-19 are 12,158. Confirmed cases rose 4,060, to 342,764. According to data provided by Johns Hopkins University, at least 229,910 people in Massachusetts with COVID-19 have recovered.
Active cases, 80,620 statewide; 959 in Pittsfield; 413 households in quarantine in Pittsfield.
As far as Western Mass numbers, The case totals (and death counts) in neighboring counties as of Monday: Franklin, up eight, to 1,222 (up one, to 91); Hampshire, up 37, to 3,616 (188); Hampden, up 230, to 25,096 (up two, to 1,035).
Vaccines have started at One Lenox long-term care facility and one Lee facility were among the first in the state to have coronavirus vaccines administered Monday.
While Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center and Lee Healthcare ran vaccine clinics Monday, COVID-19 cases at those two facilities appear to be trending in different directions.
Next Step Healthcare, which operates Lee Healthcare, reported 12 new COVID-19 cases at the facility Monday, in addition to four at The Landing at Laurel Lake in Lee. A Next Step spokesperson, Janelle Fairbrother, confirmed that Lee Healthcare was administering vaccines Monday but did not respond to a question about current case numbers.
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