COVID-19 cases grow at UAlbany

ALBANY COUNTY — While statewide the infection rate for COVID-19 remains under 1 percent, the number of cases at the University at Albany continues to grow.

Of the 18 new cases county-wide announced by the county executive’s office on Sunday morning, 10 are associated with the University at Albany.

By executive order, state campuses must move to remote learning for two weeks if they have 100 or more positive tests for COVID-19 in a two-week period.

According to the State University of New York COVID-19 Tracker, set up to monitor the state’s 64 campuses, as of Sunday evening, UAlbany has had 71 cases so far in the period beginning Sept. 12 and ending Sept. 25.

The university is counting in discrete, rather than rolling, two-week periods. Since Aug. 28, the tracker says, UAlbany has had an estimated total of 120 coronavirus 2019 cases.

Seventy-seven of 230 rooms that the university has set aside for quarantine and isolation are in use.

The county’s health department is tallying the cases of students, staff, or faculty that work or live or attend classes on campus.

Albany County now has 2,822 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of the new cases, 14 had close contact with someone infected with the disease and four did not have a clear source of transmission detected at this time.

Currently, 776 Albany County residents are under mandatory quarantine, up from 765 on Saturday. The five-day average for new daily positives increased slightly to 21.6 from 20.4. There are now 117 active cases in the county, down from 125 on Saturday.

So far, 11,199 county residents have completed quarantine. Of those who completed quarantine, 2,705 of them had tested positive and recovered.

Eight county residents are hospitalized with COVID-19 and the county’s hospitalization rate is up slightly to 0.28 percent.

The county’s death toll from the virus remains at 134.

Statewide, 0.86 percent of Saturday’s 100,355 test results were positive.

For the Capital Region, of which Albany County is a part, the positivity rate was 0.5 percent. Three of the state’s 10 regions have a rate of 1 percent or higher: Western New York, Central New York, and Mid-Hudson.


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