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Exposure update: Now 22 confirmed coronavirus-related deaths in the Berkshires

The Massachusetts Department of Health has reported that 1,108 people in the commonwealth have succumbed to coronavirus disease-related illnesses as of Wednesday afternoon. Of that total, 22 were residents of Berkshire County.
On Thursday, April 9, the state Department of Health (DPH) reported the deaths of a Berkshire County man in his 90s and on Friday, April 10, a Berkshire County woman in her 90s.
On Tuesday, April 14, the agency announced the death of another 90-year-old old female county resident.
In its report, DPH stated that there is a “day-to-day variability in cases reported by testing laboratories and no single day change is indicative of overall cases trends.”
There are now 29,918 confirmed cases of those with coronavirus disease in the state, 370 of which are from Berkshire County. Middlesex County now has the most confirmed cases of any other county in the commonwealth with 6,681.
The largest age group that have tested positive with the virus is those between the ages of 50 and 59 with 5,420 confirmed cases, followed by those between the ages of 40 and 49 with 4,455 cases and those between the ages of 30 and 39 with 4,448 cases, DPH reported.
According to statistics from Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield and Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington, there were 2,246 total patients tested as of Wednesday, April 15. Of that total, 363 had tested positive, 1,698 had tested negative and 185 were still pending.
Of those that tested positive, 21 were inpatients, 42 were discharged and 10 had died from the virus.
In Massachusetts, DPH reports that 132,023 people have been tested.
This past week, Austen Riggs Center, a Stockbridge-based psychiatric hospital, announced that there were no patients that had contracted the virus, but one member of the staff had, according to a statement posted on the center’s website and signed by Dr. Eric M. Plakun, medical director and CEO of the hospital.
“This staff member was isolated early on, has fully recovered, and is medically cleared to return to Riggs,” the statement read. “She will continue to work remotely, as remote work fits her role. Additional staff members who were tested received negative results and have been medically approved to return to Riggs.”
In line with the center’s protocols, a small number of staff were self-quarantined for 14-day periods due to possible exposure to others who might have had the virus, but most of them, too, are now cleared to return to work, according to the statement.
The total cases in the U.S. are 605,390 with 24,582 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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