As news of the new Omicron variant makes headlines, the Delta variant is still spreading throughout Berkshire County and the number of hospitalized patients rose over the weekend according to Berkshire Medical Center's information kiosk.

On Monday, the number of people being treated for COVID rose to 19; that number up from 14 last Friday.

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The testing positivity rate has also increased to 9.5%, and the seven-day average number of cases a day in The Berkshires is now 63.

 

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The average 14-day case rate for the City of Pittsfield is 52 according to the city's dashboard.

With the transmission of the disease higher than some weeks ago, the incident rate has gone from YELLOW to RED.

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Answers to 25 common COVID-19 vaccine questions

Vaccinations for COVID-19 began being administered in the U.S. on Dec. 14, 2020. The quick rollout came a little more than a year after the virus was first identified in November 2019. The impressive speed with which vaccines were developed has also left a lot of people with a lot of questions. The questions range from the practical—how will I get vaccinated?—to the scientific—how do these vaccines even work?

Keep reading to discover answers to 25 common COVID-19 vaccine questions.