ALBANY — Three Capital Region counties each recorded more than 100 new confirmed COVID infections Thursday, the most any of them have seen in one day since mid-winter.
Statewide, the data released Friday showed a similar picture: 6,348 new infections Thursday, the most in a single day since April.
Some 113 new infections were reported Thursday in Albany County, the most since February; 103 were reported in Saratoga County and 102 in Schenectady County, the highest single-day totals either has seen since late January.
“With 113 new COVID infections being reported today, we are now seeing the highest single-day increase since Feb. 25 of this year,” Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy said in a news release Friday.
“I’m hopeful that this doesn’t become a new, even worse trend, but if it is, it’s alarming. I continue to urge everyone to wear a mask while indoors and at large gatherings, even if they’re outdoors. This will help stem the surge of new positive cases.”
New infections have grown both in number and as a percentage of tests since early July in most counties and regions of New York as the more-virulent Delta variant of COVID spreads.
Also Thursday, Columbia, Fulton and Rensselaer counties had their largest single-day infection counts since February, while Greene and Montgomery counties had their highest since April.
Significantly more diagnostic testing is being performed now than eight weeks ago. The seven-day average positive test rate in the Capital Region has increased from 0.3% June 26 to 4.6% on Aug. 26, which can indicate a greater number of infections in the populace or more selective targeting of who is being tested, or a combination of both.
During July and August, the COVID-positive patient census at Capital Region hospitals has climbed even more sharply, from a low of five on July 8 to 125 on Aug 26.
Three new COVID-related deaths were reported Friday in Warren County, two in Rensselaer County and one in Saratoga County.
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