Officials seeing community spread as COVID infections climb in Schenectady County

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ALBANY — Schenectady County health officials are encountering broad and increasing community spread of COVID-19, recording 206 new infections in the first 12 days of November.

The seven-day rolling average as of Nov. 12 was 1.7 percent positive, which compares with 0.4 percent as of Oct. 12.

The spread of the virus is being blamed on social contact and gatherings, and county officials say it is largely preventable by wearing masks, keeping distant and not attending large gatherings.

As of Friday, the Scotia-Glenville area had the most active infections of any Schenectady County ZIP code — 32.

Here are the confirmed numbers of actively infected residents, recovered residents and cumulative deaths in the Schenectady County ZIP codes that have been hardest-hit since March 1:

  • 12302: 32 active, 163 recovered, 6 dead
  • 12303: 16 active, 250 recovered, 8 dead
  • 12304: 21 active, 297 recovered, 19 dead
  • 12306: 30 active, 234 recovered, 6 dead
  • 12308: 10 active, 165 recovered, 4 dead
  • 12309: 26 active, 204 recovered, 9 dead

In Schenectady County on Thursday, the positive rate was 1.6 percent, with 26 new infections confirmed, the second-highest one-day total after April 24.

Meanwhile Friday, the state announced that 203,721 New Yorkers were tested for COVID infection on Thursday; 5,401 new COVID infections were confirmed for a positive rate of 2.65 percent; 1,737 people were hospitalized with COVID; and 24 people died of COVID.

Each of these metrics has been rising in recent days, some of them rapidly. The number of tests Thursday was a new one-day record for the state.

In other COVID news Friday:

  • The state’s chief administrative judge ordered Friday that no new trial jurors or grand jurors be summoned for jury service until further notice, effective Monday. Trials and grand juries already pending will continue to their conclusion. Also starting Monday, new non-jury trials will be conducted virtually in most cases.
  • Albany County reported two new COVID deaths: a woman in her 70s and a man in his 80s. This followed a string of Capital Region COVID deaths in the preceding week, including three elderly residents of Albany County, three elderly residents of Schenectady County, and one resident each of Montgomery and Rensselaer counties.
  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he and the governors of five other Northeast states would hold an emergency summit this weekend to coordinate their policies for the worsening COVID crisis. New York previously has collaborated with New Jersey, Connecticut and other nearby states to create unified regional strategies for controlling the pandemic.

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