Capital Region

Albany, Saratoga, Schenectady counties each top 100 new COVID cases in one day

Philip Alexander of Ballston Spa gets his Pfizer vaccine from Schenectady County Public Health Services nurse Meghan Martterer at the Alplaus Fire House on Aug. 19, 2021.
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Philip Alexander of Ballston Spa gets his Pfizer vaccine from Schenectady County Public Health Services nurse Meghan Martterer at the Alplaus Fire House on Aug. 19, 2021.

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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