Another COVID death makes 11 in the last month for Albany County

ALBANY COUNTY — For the second day in a row, Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy has announced another death from COVID-19.

A resident in their seventies died on Thursday, bringing the county’s death toll from the virus to 409.

McCoy noted this was the 11th COVID-19 death over the last month.

“The month before that, we reported 10 COVID deaths, but during the month-long period from July 8 to August 8, there was only one,” said McCoy in a statement on Friday. “Every death is a tragedy, and represents another family devastated from a loss. I’m asking everyone to take this situation seriously, and do their part to increase our vaccination rates and stop the spread of the virus.”

Guilderland Supervisor Peter Barber, in his daily email to town residents on Thursday, similarly noted the uptick in serious COVID-19 cases since the summer.

Guilderland ambulances made six hospital transports of positive COVID-19 residents in September, after making nine transports in August and no COVID transports in June and July,” Barber said.

“Unlike last year, where the majority of transports were made from nursing homes or congregate settings, five of the six transports in September came from private residences,” Barber reported.

McCoy also announced 85 new COVID-19 cases, reporting that there are now 544 active cases in the county, up from 525 on Thursday.

The number of county residents under quarantine increased to 865 from 812.

He also reported three new hospitalizations since Thursday, making a total of 38 county residents currently hospitalized with the coronavirus – a net decrease of two. Eleven of those hospital patients remain in intensive-care units.

The county is making a push to vaccinate Cohoes residents, working with the city schools on clinics.

“Vaccination equity is a critical piece to beating COVID for good, and we continue to monitor vaccination rates for ZIP codes across the county,” said McCoy in a statement. “But unfortunately, despite Albany County having a solid first dose vaccination rate of nearly 72 percent, the city of Cohoes has been lagging behind somewhat at around 63 percent.

“This is why we’re bringing vaccines directly to our residents to make it as easy as possible, especially for our younger people who we want to make sure are safe as they get back into the routine of in-person learning,” he said.

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