Schenectady County confirmed 21 new positive COVID-19 cases Friday — the most since August — as well as two deaths that raised the death toll from the virus in the county to 53.
The two deaths reported Friday were a 100-year-old woman and a man in his 80s. The county also announced Thursday the death of a man in his 70s.
According to Schenectady County spokesperson Erin Roberts, two of the deaths had no link to a nursing home or adult care facility, while complete information was not available on the third.
The 21 new positives — numbers provided by the New York State COVID-19 Tracker — are the most confirmed cases in the county since Aug. 19, when there were 28 cases reported. According to data on the county’s COVID-19 dashboard, there have only been five days since the first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in the county where more confirmed positives have been reported — April 6 (22 cases), April 11 (29), July 20 (27), Aug. 13 (22) and Aug. 19 (28).
The number of positive cases has been trending upward in recent weeks. According to the county dashboard, Friday was the eighth time since Oct. 20 in which Schenectady County reported at least 10 new positive cases.
Friday’s total brings the total number of lab-confirmed positives since February to 1,687, which includes 100 current lab-confirmed cases and 1,433 lab-confirmed recoveries. According to information released by the county, there are eight current hospitalizations — down one from Thursday’s update — and four people under investigation that are currently hospitalized.
There are currently 151 people in isolation, including lab-confirmed positives, presumptive positives and hospitalized positives, and 721 people are under quarantine after potential exposure.
The county had no new updates Saturday, as updated numbers by the county Department of Health are only released on business days.
To date, the makeup of the confirmed positives is 42% male and 58% female. More than half of the confirmed cases (906) are among people age 49 or younger. Of the 53 reported deaths in the county, 28 were male and 25 were female. Only one of the 53 was younger than 50, and 44 of the 53 were 70 or older.
The county has also set community testing dates and sites for November and December.
The Boys and Girls Club Adeline Wright Graham Clubhouse at 104 Education Drive will host testing from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Monday through Dec. 28. The testing site at the SUNY Schenectady West Parking Lot will be open Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Dec. 31, though the site will not be available Nov. 26 on Thanksgiving or Dec. 24 on Christmas Eve.
Those looking to register for testing at either site can call 518-419-0370. Testing at both sites is weather-permitting, and cancellation information can be found online at www.schenectadycounty.com/publichealth.