ALBANY — Two county residents died of COVID-19 over the past three days bringing the total death count to 144.
A woman in her 90s died from Thursday to Friday and a woman in her 60s died from Saturday to Sunday, said County Executive Dan McCoy. It is unclear if they had underlying health conditions.
“Our positive numbers continue to go up as do our hospitalizations and those in the ICU,” McCoy said in a statement issued Sunday. “If we don’t follow the guidance to stop the spread, the numbers will continue to head in the wrong direction.”
From Saturday to Sunday, there were 55 new positive cases, following a spike of 69 new cases from Friday to Saturday. The total confirmed cases on Sunday was 3,913 since the pandemic hit in March. The five-day average jumped from 43.2 to 48.4. There are 305 active cases in Albany County.
Of Sunday’s new positive cases, 20 had close contact with positive cases, three reported traveling out of state, 25 did not have a clear source of infection at this time, and seven are healthcare workers or residents of a congregate settings.
The number of residents under mandatory quarantine dropped to 1,298 from 1,311 on Sunday. Of the 17,625 who competed quarantine, 3,608 tested positive and recovered.
There were four new hospitalizations from Saturday to Sunday but the total number pf patients remains at 31 for a rate of .79 percent. There are four residents in the ICU, up one from Saturday.