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COVID infections continue to increase in Capital Region and across upstate

Adirondack Health and Wellness RN Tammy Follett of Latham readies a COVID vaccine at the Lexington gymnasium in Gloversville on Nov. 4, 2021.

Adirondack Health and Wellness RN Tammy Follett of Latham readies a COVID vaccine at the Lexington gymnasium in Gloversville on Nov. 4, 2021.

ALBANY COVID continues to spread at rising rates in New York.

Transmission rates remain far less severe than in January, but more new cases per capita are being confirmed here each day than in any other state except Vermont, federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data show.

In the eight-county Capital Region, the average number of new cases each day has more tripled in the past month and the number of people hospitalized has nearly doubled.

In the neighboring Mohawk Valley region, the average number of new cases has more than quadrupled and hospitalizations have nearly doubled.

The situation is worst in Central New York — the five-county region west of the Mohawk Valley that includes Auburn, Cortland, Oswego and Syracuse. As of Thursday, it had a one-week average of 55.6 new infections per day per 100,000 residents. 

The statewide average was 32.6 as of Thursday, down from 381.7 on Jan. 9 but up from 8.2 on March 13.

On Thursday, 1,488 people were hospitalized with COVID statewide. The patient census peaked at 12,671 on Jan. 11 and bottomed out at 817 on March 29.

Albany County reported a particularly high one-day death toll on Friday — three residents. The CDC estimates the risk of community transmission in Albany County as “high,” a fact that County Executive Daniel McCoy touched on in an update on the pandemic Friday.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the families who lost loved ones to COVID complications,” he said in a prepared statement. “This virus continues to spread at a rapid rate, though the number of individuals in our hospitals is remaining relatively low and stable for now.”

Late Friday, St. Peter’s Health Partners announced it would be limiting visitation at its hospitals starting Monday because of the rising community transmission rates.

A state Department of Health database indicates the following rates of new infection per 100,000 residents in area counties March 21 and April 21:

  • ALBANY 8.2/33.1
  • FULTON 17.9/33.9
  • MONTGOMERY 8.1/27.2
  • RENSSELAER 7.4/37.5
  • SARATOGA 11.6/37.8
  • SCHENECTADY 7.5/34.1
  • SCHOHARIE 7.8/25.7

Another state DOH database shows the number of COVID-positive inpatients by region and by hospital for March 21 and April 21:

  • ALBANY MED 20/31
  • ELLIS 8/11
  • GLENS FALLS 11/13
  • SAMARITAN 2/13
  • SARATOGA 9/17
  • ST. MARY’S 6/3
  • ST. PETER’S 12/14

As of April 21, roughly two-thirds of COVID-positive inpatients across both the Capital Region and Mohawk Valley originally had been admitted because of their COVID symptoms. The other third were admitted for other reasons, but happened to also test positive.

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