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Pittsfield’s COVID Positivity Rate Drops Below 1%

Signs are taped to the inside of a glass facade telling customers that they must wear masks and remain six feet apart inside the restaurant
Josh Landes
A sign on a downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts restaurant.

The city of Pittsfield’s state COVID-19 transmission categorization is improving as infection numbers continue to drop.

Mayor Linda Tyer made a presentation to the city council about the city’s coronavirus numbers at its meeting Tuesday.

“Our case rate, average case rate for the past 14 days is 6.34%, which is significantly lower than we were back in the late fall and early winter," she told the council. "Our positivity rate is 0.85%, as you can see by the green dotted line, and this places us solidly in the green category on the state's color-coded categorization chart.”

Pittsfield entered the state’s red zone or “high risk” categorization in December, and dropped down into the yellow zone at the end of January.

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.
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