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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cultural events put on pause

Cultural events put on pause

Traditional experiences at art, cultural and educational institutions are on pause in the Berkshires for the near future. Many organizations throughout Southern Berkshire County like Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington and the Stockbridge-based Norman Rockwell Museum issued individual statements announcing temporary closures as a result of the coronavirus pandemic last Friday, March 13. […]

Otis man tests positive for coronavirus, seven others quarantined

Otis man tests positive for coronavirus, seven others quarantined

GREAT BARRINGTON — A male resident from Otis has tested positive for coronavirus and seven others have been quarantined, Great Barrington Health Agent Rebecca Jurczyk confirmed Tuesday afternoon.The Otis man was taken to Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington on Wednesday, March 4 and discharged on Thursday, March 5, and then transferred by Southern Berkshire Ambulance […]

Great Barrington lifts town water bottle ban and suspends ‘non-essential’ meetings

Great Barrington lifts town water bottle ban and suspends ‘non-essential’ meetings

GREAT BARRINGTON — Until further notice, the town has suspended board and committee meetings deemed “non-essential” and has lifted its town-wide ban on the sale of single-use plastic water bottles until Thursday, April 30. In response to the state Declaration of Emergency issued by Gov. Charlie Baker this week, the town has stepped up preventive […]

South County man tests positive for coronavirus, seven others quarantined

South County man tests positive for coronavirus, seven others quarantined

GREAT BARRINGTON — A male resident from Otis has tested positive for coronavirus and seven others have been quarantined, Great Barrington Health Agent Rebecca Jurczyk confirmed Tuesday afternoon. The Otis man was taken to Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington on Wednesday, March 4 and discharged on Thursday, March 5, and then transferred by Southern Berkshire […]