ALBANY — The number of county residents in the hospital for COVID-19 increased to 27 from Tuesday to Wednesday, the highest number since May.
There are two residents in the ICU, down from three on Tuesday, said County Executive Dan McCoy.
“We’ve seen our hospitalizations fluctuate over the last week, but today we’re back at our peak of 27 residents currently in the hospital, something we hadn’t seen since May,” he said in a statement. “We’re also bracing for any potential spikes we may see from Halloween weekend in the coming days.”
The hospitalization rate jumped to .72 percent from .68 percent. The death toll stands at 142 in Albany County.
There were 31 new cases from Tuesday to Wednesday, bringing the total number to 3,705 with 186 active cases. The number of people in mandatory quarantine dropped to 1,237 from 1,363.
As of Wednesday, 16,952 people have completed quarantine with 3,519 who tested positive and recovered.
Of the new positive cases, 17 had close contact with positive cases, one reported traveling out of state, 12 did not have a clear source of infection at this time, and one is a healthcare worker or resident of a congregate setting.
As the number of positive cases across the world and in New York are increasing, the infection rate for the eight-county Capital District was 1.2 percent on Wednesday, tied with the Southern Tier for the lowest in the state. The 3 percent infection rate in Western New York was the highest.