Capital Region

NY death toll tops 28,000 as COVID continues to spread

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ALBANY — New York’s official COVID-19 death toll has surpassed 28,000, the state Department of Health reported Tuesday.

Among the latest casualties were a Schenectady County man in his 50s, an Albany County man in his 60s, an Albany County woman in her 70s, and two Rensselaer County women in their 80s. Also in the Capital Region, two Columbia County residents died of COVID.

With 183 COVID-related deaths, Albany County has had by far the highest death toll in the pandemic of any Capital Region county in total numbers, though Columbia County has had more on a per-capita basis, as has Fulton County in the Mohawk Valley region.

Dozens more non-residents have died within Albany County, some while being treated at medical facilities there.

Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy noted the continuing string of deaths during his daily COVID update Tuesday.

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“Tragically, I have to report two more county residents lost their fight with COVID-19 since yesterday. This is now the seventh consecutive day I’ve had to report new deaths,” he said.

“As we monitor the health data, we’re beginning to see more and more deaths among those in the 50- to 74-year-old age range. At the end of October, they accounted for 24.3 percent of all deaths in Albany County. Now, they account for 28.4 percent, compared to those who are at least 74 years old, which now account for 69.9 percent of all deaths.”

Statewide, 128 new deaths were recorded, bringing the cumulative total to 28,002 as of Tuesday morning. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said this official death toll likely undercounts the actual number of deaths from the disease; the federal Centers for Disease Control places New York’s death toll at 35,462, though it classifies more than 4,700 of those deaths as probable rather than confirmed.

“COVID cases, hospitalizations and deaths are all on the rise all across the country,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in his own update Tuesday. “We are on an unsustainable trajectory and if we don’t act now, hospitals could become overwhelmed come January.”

Statewide, 194,188 diagnostic COVID tests were administered Monday and 10,353 new infections were confirmed, a positive test rate of 5.3 percent. Some 5,982 New Yorkers were hospitalized Tuesday, 288 of them in the Capital Region.

Here is the seven-day average positive test rate for counties in the greater Capital Region:

  • Albany 7.2%
  • Fulton 7.9%
  • Montgomery 5.9%
  • Rensselaer 5.5%
  • Saratoga 6.1%
  • Schenectady 8.0%
  • Schoharie 11.2%

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