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Saratoga County Sunday reports first coronavirus death

Saratoga County Sunday reports first coronavirus death

Saratoga County Sunday reports first coronavirus death
Saratoga County Specialist Mike Stanley distributes boxes as Saratoga County OES received their second state stockpile shipment
Photographer: Erica Miller/Staff Photographer

BALLSTON SPA — Saratoga County has announced its first coronavirus death.

A 95-year-old woman who had tested positive for COVID-19 died at Glens Falls Hospital on Friday, the county announced Sunday afternoon.

Saratoga County now has 108 confirmed cases, a slight revision from numbers released by the county the day before.

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The county initially reported 110 cases but upon investigation, learned three of those individuals were not county residents, officials said.

Of the known 108 cases, 14 people are hospitalized.

The availability of testing at local hospitals, however, remains limited and the criteria for testing has become more stringent, officials said. Residents who are experiencing symptoms should call their doctor, and if the criteria is met, testing will be ordered. Because testing may be delayed, it is important that everyone continue to minimize in-person interaction with others, practice social distancing, practice good hand hygiene and stay home as much as possible, the county said.

The Saratoga County death marks the third-known COVID-19 fatality in the Capital Region: The first was former General Electric scientist, inventor and entrepreneur Walter Robb of Niskayuna, who died last week in Schenectady at age 91.

Albany County reported its first death, a man in his 70s with underlying health issues, on Saturday.

The number of deaths statewide due to the virus is now 965, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday, a spike from the 728 the day before.

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