ALBANY — With a day and half remaining in the worst month of COVID, the deaths of eight more county residents were reported propelling December’s tally of 58 past the former high of 55 set in May.
Of the most recent deaths seven were women in their 90s and one woman in her 70s. Five of the reported deaths were residents of the Sisters of St. Joseph’s of Carondelet in Latham. It is not clear what day the nuns succumbed to the virus as the convent/nursing home is only required to report to the state and not the county, said County Executive Dan McCoy during a press briefing.
It brings the county’s death toll to 218 since the pandemic took hold in March.
Also, there were 129 county residents in the hospital, and increase of 15 from Tuesday to Wednesday, a new high for the fourth consecutive day.
From Tuesday to Wednesday, there were 213 new COVID cases in Albany County bringing the total to 11,204 since March. There are 3,093 people under quarantine. Of the 36,721 who completed quarantine 9,652 tested positive and recovered, an increase of 206 from Tuesday to Wednesday.