State Sen. Adam Hinds is floating the idea that the Berkshires may be ready for a phased opening sooner than other parts of the state based on the number of COVID-19 cases.
In an interview on iBerkshiresTV on Thursday, Hinds noted that Gov. Charlie Baker is considering how the state will "reopen" after the stay-home advisory expires on May 18.
But, he said, it's also apparent that the "surge" in medical cases of the novel coronavirus is peaking at different times across the commonwealth.
"The Berkshires are different from Boston, in a lot of ways," Hinds said. "But, you know, first and foremost, the data basically says we peaked at the start of April. Over in the valley, you know, Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden, seems to have peaked around Easter and Boston is maybe right now coming off of a peak. And so that's nearly a month difference."

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