Capital Region COVID uptick subsides as quickly as it grew

Cuomo limits operation of bars to maintain progress agains virus
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently

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ALBANY — New York continues to show little resurgence of COVID-19 despite the dual threats of its own residents’ complacency and travelers from other states reintroducing the virus here.

State officials reported Thursday that the positive test rate was just 1.06% statewide Wednesday.

The Capital Region’s uptick earlier in the week dropped right back down on Wednesday, with only 0.8% testing positive.

Albany County, which saw 44 infections confirmed Tuesday, reported only 13 Wednesday.

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Schenectady County had five positives on Wednesday and Saratoga County just one.

In the neighboring Mohawk Valley region, Montgomery County had zero positive tests Wednesday after a worrisome spike earlier in the week. Fulton and Schoharie counties also had zero positives.

While neighboring Herkimer County had the highest positive percentage of any county in the state at 3.7%, the numbers involved were very small — five out of 134 tests.

The positive test results spiking and dipping from day to day is a result of the current status of the pandemic in most of New York: largely under control but with infection clusters popping up here and there.

The jump in Albany County for example was attributed to transmission at a large party, spread in a nursing home and return of travelers from states with a high infection rate.

Rensselaer County recently had a cluster at a nursing home. Montgomery County has had to track down connections at a factory and a graduation ceremony.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced a new measure to fight careless socializing by New Yorkers:

He ordered that establishments holding liquor licenses serve alcohol only to patrons seated at properly spaced distances. Stand-up bars are excluded because they encourage gathering and socializing at too-close a distance.

Cuomo went a step further in New York City, where he said the worst violations have been reported.

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New York City businesses with three violations will be shut down, he added.

Meanwhile, Cuomo said the other threat — residents of high-infection states visiting New York and New Yorkers returning from these states potentially bringing COVID with them — is being addressed with the travel quarantine.

The governor said the state is seeing 92% compliance with the rule that these travelers isolate themselves for 14 days upon arrival to reduce the chance that they’ll spread the infection.

Not everyone can be monitored so the state is using random checks to enforce the rule, he added.

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