ALBANY — There were 68 new positive COVID cases in the county from Monday to Tuesday, the most cases since 74 were recorded on April 26.
“Our numbers are going in the wrong direction and I am very concerned. People are wondering if th4ere is a second wave. We are as high as we were in mid-April when we hit our peak and what happened then? We were shutting down. Nobody was leaving their house.
“This is not where we want to be. We are there and it could get worse and if behaviors don’t change it will get worse.”
As of Tuesday, there were 4,061 positive cases to date with 1,437 under mandatory quarantine, up from 1,389 from Monday. The five-day average for new daily positive cases jumped to 55 from 50.
Of the 17,800 people who completed quarantine, 3,649 tested positive and recovered.
There were four more county residents hospitalized, bringing the total to 36, with five in the ICU. The death toll stands at 144 since the outbreak began.
“I have been saying the numbers are headed in the wrong direction and we have another large number of positive cases today in conjunction with increased hospitalizations and another person in the ICU,” said County Executive Dan McCoy. “People are letting their guard down and that needs to stop right now.”