Fifth COVID death this week brings county’s toll to 411

ALBANY COUNTY — An Albany County resident in their forties succumbed to COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the county’s death toll from the virus to 411.

“We have lost five more members of our community this week alone to COVID-19,” said County Executive Daniel McCoy on Sunday in his daily COVID release.

“My condolences to this person’s family for their loss,” he went on, “and I continue to encourage everyone to do what they can to protect their loved ones by getting a vaccine shot and following CDC recommendations to wear a mask indoors, social distance, wash your hands frequently and to cough and sneeze into your arm.”

McCoy also reported 47 new cases of COVID-19, bringing to 479 the number of active cases in the county, down from 515 on Saturday. The number of county residents under quarantine increased to 872 from 857.

There was one new hospitalization since Saturday, and there are now 34 county residents hospitalized with the virus; eight of them remain in intensive-care units.

Also on Sunday, Governor Kathy Hochul in her daily COVID release reported that the statewide infection rate as a seven-day average is 2.49 percent. The Capital Region is at 3.58 percent.

Of the state’s 10 regions, the North Country has the highest rate at 5.43 percent while New York City continues to have the lowest rate, at 1.39 percent.

According to the state’s dashboard, Albany County’s infection rate, as of Oct. 9, as a seven-day rolling average, is 3.3 percent.

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