ALBANY — While the county saw a spike of nearly 150 cases in a week, it also crossed the 3,000 mark for people who tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered.
According to County Executive Dan McCoy, the number of new cases in Albany County jumped to 3,125 from Wednesday to Thursday. A week ago, on Oct. 1, there were 2,983 positive cases.
The number of people under a mandatory quarantine jumped to 992 from 937 but the five-day average dropped to 18.4 cases from 19.
There are 125 active cases in Albany County and 3,000 people who tested positive have recovered. A week ago, that number was at 2,890.
Among the new positive cases, 14 had close contact with positive cases, one reported travelling out of state, one is a healthcare worker or a resident of a congregate setting and four do not yet have a clear source of transmission. Eight of the new cases are associated with the University at Albany.
There were three new hospitalizations to report overnight, bringing the total number of county residents currently hospitalized from four to seven, for a rate of .22 percent, up from .12 percent a day ago.
The county’s death toll remains at 135 since the outbreak began.
“We’ve seen a similar story before, where clusters of high infection rates in New York City and downstate are followed by spikes upstate,” McCoy said. “Now is not the time to get complacent. Now is not the time to get comfortable. People need to continue wearing masks, social distancing and getting tested, and they should consider getting a flu shot to help us deal with the double threat of flu season.”