The number of coronavirus cases continues to swell in Williamstown Commons, according to a Berkshire lawmaker who slammed the state Department of Public Health for not making the outbreak at the nursing home a priority.

State Rep. John Barrett III, D-North Adams, said Friday that there has been an increase of 14 positive tests since Thursday, when 36 residents were positive for the coronavirus. So far, three residents have died.

A spokeswoman for Berkshire Healthcare Systems could not be reached to confirm the new figures, and it was not known how many of the new cases were staff or residents.

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