UAlbany COVID-19 spike continues

ALBANY COUNTY — The county is continuing to see a spike in COVID-19 cases — the county executive’s office reported 24 new positives on Sunday morning — as a result of an outbreak at the University of Albany.

Of the 24 new positive cases, 16 are connected to UAlbany. However, many of these infected students live off-campus and report only attending classes online, the release said.

Seventeen of the new cases had close contact with someone infected with COVID-19, one had traveled, and six did not have a clear source of infection detected at this time. 

Albany County has 2,679 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 with 506 residents under quarantine, up from 415 on Saturday.

The five-day average for new daily positives has jumped to 19 from 16.4. There are now  109 active cases in the county.

So far, 10,459 county residents have completed quarantine. Of those who completed quarantine, 2,570 of them had tested positive and recovered. 

Eleven Albany County residents are hospitalized due to the virus with one in an intensive-care unit. The hospitalization county’s rate is 0.41 percent.

The county’s death toll from COVID-19 remains at 134.

Statewide, Saturday’s infection rate of 0.99 percent marked the 37th straight day that the rate has remained below 1 percent. 

The Capital Region, of which Albany County is a part, had a rate of 0.1 percent. Central New York and Western New York were the highest of the state’s 10 regions, at 0.2 percent each.

The North Country, as usual was the lowest, at 0.2 percent.

— Melissa Hale-Spencer

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