ALBANY — A man in his 50s died from Thursday to Friday, bringing the county’s death toll to 139. There was no other information on his health condition except he did not live in a congregate setting.
Meanwhile, there were 26 new cases in Albany County bringing the total to 3,395 with 1,045 under mandatory quarantine, down from 1,066. There are 123 active cases in Albany County. Of the 15,147 who completed quarantine since the pandemic began in March, 3,272 tested positive and recovered.
Of the new positive cases, 10 had close contact with positive cases, three reported out of state travel, three were healthcare workers or residents of congregate settings, and 10 did not have a clear source of infection at this time.
There were more Albany County residents hospitalized from Thursday to Friday bringing the total to 13 with two in the ICU. The hospitalization rate is .38 percent.
“Tragically, we’ve lost another resident to the virus, and we’re seeing some concerning data from our hospitals,” said County Executive Dan McCoy. “Over the last week, the number of residents currently hospitalized has remained in the double digits and the total number of hospitalizations has jumped by 11 since then. We need everyone to continue being cautious, wear masks and socially distance.”
Theaters in New York state outside of New York City are slated to begin opening today, but McCoy said if the infection rate of those who have been tested goes above 2 percent on a 4-day rolling average, that could change. As of Wednesday, the infection rate in Albany County was 1.92 percent.
The eight-county Capital District region has an infection rate — the percent of people tested who were positive — of .9 percent, according to the state COVID dashboard. The lowest in New York state was a .5 percent positivity rate in the North Country and the highest was 1.5 percent in the Mid-Hudson Valley, the Southern Tier and Western New York.
In the Capital District, according to the state COVID dashboard, on Friday Albany County had an infection rate of 2 percent; Schenectady County, 1.4 percent; Saratoga County, 1 percent; Rensselaer County, 1.2 percent; Warren County, 1.2 percent; Washington County, 1 percent; Greene County, 2 percent, Columbia County, 1.7 percent.