Albany County delivers grim news about rising coronavirus hospitalizations, cases

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy delivered twin blows of grim news on Tuesday, reporting yet another county record for COVID-19 hospitalizations at 76 patients admitted, and 159 new positive cases — the highest one-day total since the start of the pandemic.

“This is now the fifth time in just over a week that we set a record for the number of residents in hospitals,” McCoy said, adding that the last time the county broke the record for new positive cases was on Nov. 14.

Of those new cases, 22 had a clear source of infection, 11 were healthcare workers and 127 couldn’t be traced to a potential exposure, continuing a pattern of people potentially not being forthcoming with their recent outings. Locals officials have continuously said the lack of an admitted infection source is concerning and limits their ability to stop the spread.

McCoy said on Monday that young people are fueling many of the new cases.

Of the 76 hospitalized, 12 patients are in the intensive care unit, compared to 11 on Monday.

Two women in their 90s also died overnight due to COVID-19, bringing the county’s total number of deaths to 160. In one week, 10 people have died from the virus, McCoy said, and 18 died in November.

During the month of October, 20 people died in the Capital Region due to COVID-19, county-provided data showed. That number more than doubled in November with 49 deaths recorded.

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