Mohawk Valley region again tops 7-day positivity rate

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CAPITAL REGION & MOHAWK VALLEY — While the mostly rural Mohawk Valley continued to lead all regions in New York state with a 9.36 percent 7-day positivity rate for new COVID-19 cases Friday, it had fewer total new deaths than the Capital Region.

The New York State Department of Health released figures Friday showing 166 new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the state’s total to 30,208.

In the eight counties making up the Capital Region (population 1.1 million) there were 12 new deaths: Albany (3), Greene (2), Saratoga (3), Schenectady (3), Washington (1) and Columbia, Rensselaer and Warren all had zero new deaths.

The Capital Region also had a 7-day positivity rate of 9.09 percent. Both the Mohawk Valley and the Capital Region had higher 7-day positivity rates than New York state as a whole which had 6.43 percent. The region with the lowest 7-day positivity rate was the Southern Tier with 4.04 percent.

In the six counties making up the Mohawk Valley Region (population 432,612) there 7 new deaths: Oneida (5), Montgomery County (2), and Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer and Schoharie had zero new deaths.

NYSDOH numbers show hospital capacity continues to be strained in most of the regions of the state as the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients continues to increase.

On a per capita basis, the Mohawk Valley has more hospitalized COVID-19 patients than the Capital Region which has more than twice its population. However, the Mohawk Valley has a greater remaining percentage of unfilled Intensive Care Unit beds.

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In the Capital Region, 394 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized, up 33 from Dec. 26, roughly 0.04 percent of the region’s population. With 194 of 239 ICU beds in the Capital Region filled, only 19 percent remain available, the lowest available percentage of any region in the state.

Meanwhile, in the Mohawk Valley, 294 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized, up 71 from Dec. 26, roughly 0.06 percent of the region’s population. With 100 of its 126 ICU beds filled, only 23 percent of the region’s ICU beds are still available.

The percentage of total available hospital beds is roughly 1 in 4 for both the Capital Region and the Mohawk Valley as the total number of new COVID-19 cases continue to rise in both regions.

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The eight counties making up the Capital Region had 1,100 new COVID-19 cases as of Thursday: Albany (332), Saratoga (208), Schenectady (163), Rensselaer (146), Warren (93), Greene (61), Washington (49), and Columbia (48).

Albany and Saratoga counties had new record high numbers of positive cases Thursday. Albany’s previous record high had been 259 on Dec. 23 and Saratoga’s had been 194 also on Dec. 23. Schenectady County’s record high number of new cases occurred on Wednesday with 181, breaking its previous record of 147 on Dec. 23.

In the six counties making up the Mohawk Valley there were 552 new COVID-19 positive cases Thursday: Oneida (314), Herkimer (92), Montgomery (86), Fulton (32), Schoharie (18) and Hamilton (10).

Montgomery County set its new 1-day high record for new cases at 86, the previous high being 58 on Dec. 21, according to NYSDOH data.

The NYSDOH COVID-19 Tracker shows Montgomery County had a 15.25 percent positivity rate on Thursday, up from 9.33 percent the day before. Neighboring Fulton County had a 6.4 percent positivity rate Thursday, up slightly from 6.38 percent from Wednesday.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo offered an upbeat New Year’s Day message Friday.

“We know what we have to do to defeat this invisible enemy and we are reminded of what can be achieved when we come together and work toward a united solution,” he said in a released statement. “As we start 2021, I encourage all New Yorkers to look to their better angels and continue the practices we know stop the spread of this virus – wash your hands, socially distance, and wear a mask. I am confident that we will win this war together because we are New York Tough.”

NYSDOH released these state totals Friday:

• Test Results Reported – 219,253

• Total Positive – 16,497

• Percent Positive – 7.52 percent

• Patient Hospitalization – 7,886 (-49)

• Patients Newly Admitted – 1,006

• Hospital Counties – 54

• Number ICU – 1,292 (+16)

• Number ICU with Intubation – 776 (+53)

• Total Discharges – 102,968 (+839)

• New deaths – 166

• Total Deaths – 30,208

House Party Investigated

The Warren County Department of Public Health Thursday issued a news release reporting 53 new COVID-19 cases, a new record for the county, some of whom are believed to have attended a house party on Dec. 18 “in a neighboring county.”

“Five people who had contact with party-goers in the days after the gathering have tested positive as well,” reads the news release.

“The majority of new cases where a source of infection is identified continue to occur because people are not taking precautions when at gatherings, in public or at workplaces,” reads the release.

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