ALBANY — For the eighth day in a row, County Executive Dan McCoy reported at least one county resident has died of COVID-19.
From Monday to Tuesday, two residents died — two men in their 50s — bringing the total number of fatalities in December to 50 and 210 since the pandemic took hold in March. The deadliest month of the pandemic came in May for Albany County, when 55 residents died of the virus.
There were 240 new cases form Monday to Tuesday bringing the total number to 10,998 since March. Of the 36,218 people who completed quarantine, 9,451 tested positive and recovered, an increase of 199 recoveries since Monday.
There were 17 new hospitalizations reported from Monday to Tuesday bringing the total to 127 residents currently sick enough to need in-house treatment. There are 21 patients in the ICU. It is the third consecutive day the county set a new record for hospitalizations. It is the 13th day in a row more than 100 county residents were in the hospital.
“The numbers are alarming and they will continue to grow because we have not seen the full impact of Christmas and we have New Years on Friday,” McCoy said. “Health experts are scared as hell of what is going to happen in January.