Two more Berkshire County residents succumb to coronavirus-related illness

Two more Berkshire County residents succumb to coronavirus-related illness

Two more residents of Berkshire County have succumbed to a coronavirus-related illness.Both county residents, a man in his 60s and a woman in her 90s, were hospitalized, according to the state Department of Health (DPH). While the man had a preexisting condition, DPH says that it was unknown if the woman had a preexisting condition. […]

Coronavirus pandemic impacts the grieving process

Coronavirus pandemic impacts the grieving process

GREAT BARRINGTON — When a loved one dies, the nearly automatic and well-intended response is to offer condolences to those affected. And just because a global pandemic has been declared, doesn’t mean grief can be put on hold. So what does that mean for local funeral homes?For Meghan Finnerty, president of Finnerty & Stevens Funeral […]

Berkshire Mountain Distillers shifts from spirits to sanitizers

Berkshire Mountain Distillers shifts from spirits to sanitizers

SHEFFIELD — As shelves that once displayed a selection of cleaning supplies in grocery stores and pharmacies continue to be picked clean, a local distillery has shifted its operations to brew a product with the community’s safety in mind: hand sanitizer. This past week, Daniel T. Riordan, the acting deputy administrator of the Alcohol and […]

Package stores deemed essential, but adult-use marijuana shops are closed

Package stores deemed essential, but adult-use marijuana shops are closed

After seeing an especially large swell of customers since the coronavirus outbreak was declared a pandemic, adult-use marijuana shops will close their doors for two weeks.On Monday, March 23, Gov. Charlie Baker issued a stay-at-home advisory and emergency order requiring all “non-essential” businesses to close — at least, temporarily. Among those that were not considered […]

Foundation donates autism sensory bags to local first responders

Foundation donates autism sensory bags to local first responders

GREAT BARRINGTON — Sheffield police officers and Southern Berkshire Ambulance Squad EMTs and paramedics have added some new equipment to their emergency response kits.On Monday, March 23, the two local entities each received four sensory bags designed to help on emergency response calls that involve people or patients with autism. The bags were donated to […]

Confirmed cases of coronavirus in county rises to 23; Statewide death toll rises to 9

Confirmed cases of coronavirus in county rises to 23; Statewide death toll rises to 9

There are now nine confirmed deaths from a coronavirus-related illness and nearly 800 confirmed cases of those with the virus in the commonwealth, according to an afternoon report released by the state Department of Health. Over the weekend, the Department of Health (DPH) announced that three additional men had died from the novel coronavirus, bringing […]

Confirmed cases of coronavirus in county increases to 20

Confirmed cases of coronavirus in county increases to 20

There are now 20 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Berkshire County, according to an afternoon report released by the state Department of Health.As statewide totals have increased to more than 4oo confirmed cases, the Department of Health (DPH) also announced that a Suffolk County man in his 80s has succumbed from a coronavirus-related illness. The […]

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