According to the Department of Public Health, this past weekend saw another major increase in COVID-19 cases in Berkshire County, with two deaths on Saturday and five on Sunday. Cases increased by 100 on Saturday and 51 on Sunday, bringing the new total of confirmed infections to date to 1,954.

The numbers continued to rise not just in Berkshire County, but across Massachusetts, with 89 deaths statewide due to the virus, bringing the total of confirmed COVID-19 deaths to 10,763, the state Department of Public Health reports.
A large factor in the COVID-19 numbers in Berkshire County is the ongoing outbreak at Hillcrest Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where the death toll climbed to 24 over the weekend. The center had seen 15 COVID-19-related deaths as of Thursday.
Statewide there were 48 new deaths Sunday in addition to the 41 disclosed Saturday. Confirmed cases rose by 10,103 over the two days, bringing the total number of cases since the pandemic began to 247,559.
On Friday, BMC said it had 34 patients with the virus and five others with pending test results. They do not report numbers at the weekend and will update Saturday and Sunday's numbers today.
There are currently 57,304 active cases across Massachusetts. Statewide, 1,416 people are hospitalized. Of those hospitalized, 298 are in ICU, and 139 are on ventilators.  According to the DPH, 169,804 people in Massachusetts with COVID-19 have recovered.


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