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Pittsfield COVID Rates Steady, Hospitalizations Up Heading Into Fall

A chart indicates that the COVID-19 daily case rate per 100,000 has risen steadily since late July 2021 to a steady average of around 27 from late August into late September.
City of Pittsfield

The daily COVID-19 case rate in Pittsfield, Massachusetts has remained steady over the past month.

Over the course of August, daily case rates per 100,000 in the city almost tripled from around 10 at the beginning of the month to around 28 by the end. Now, with October days away, that figure remains around 27 daily cases per 100,000.

“Hospitalizations, we’ve seen a upward trend with that," Interim Director of Public Health Andy Cambi reported to the Pittsfield City Council Tuesday night. "We had lower numbers two weeks ago- Well, four weeks now. And then we've seen a rise in that. We've even had up to 14, between the 24th and the 25th. The ICU patients, they've remained low. Last time we were met, there were around three. We even had some days where there were zero patients there. So positive news.”

Pittsfield is currently reporting around 60 cases. The city has remained in the state’s “Yellow” category for transmission of the virus since early August.

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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