Another Albany County resident dies of COVID-19, bringing death toll to 140

ALBANY COUNTY — Another county resident has died of COVID-19, Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy announced on Saturday morning.

The patient was a woman in her nineties who lived in a nursing home.

Her death brings to 140 the number of Albany County residents who have died of the coronavirus disease 2019.

Statewide, 11 more people died of the virus — five of them in Broome County — bringing the state’s COVID-19 death toll to 25,718.

McCoy also announced 32 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the county’s total to 3,427.

Among the new cases, 15 had close contact with someone infected with the disease, two reported out-of-state travel, three were health-care workers or residents of congregate settings, and 12 did not have a clear source of infection identified at this time.

“As new cases climb across the country, in New York we are continuing our strategy of aggressively targeting micro-clusters whenever they pop up and implementing measures to stop any potential spread quickly,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement on Saturday, releasing the newest numbers. 

The positive testing rates in all of the state’s focus areas — in Queens and Brooklyn in New York City; Orange and Rockland counties in the mid-Hudson region; and Broome, Steuben, and Chemung counties near the Pennsylvania border — was 2.58 percent.

Outside the focus areas, the state’s rate was 1.13 percent, based on Friday’s test results. The statewide positivity rate was 1.31 percent.

The Capital Region, of which Albany County is a part, had a rate of 0.9 percent, based on Friday’s test results. It was one of two of the state’s 10 regions with a rate below the targeted 1 percent.

Central New York had a rate of 0.7 percent, the lowest in the state.

As of Saturday morning, 1,097 Albany County residents were under quarantine, up from 1,045. The five-day average for new daily positives increased to 23.8 from 18.8.

Albany County now has 133 active cases of COVID-19, up from 123 on Friday. So far, 15,281 people have completed quarantine. Of those, 3,294 had tested positive and recoveredThere were no new hospitalizations to report overnight, while the number of county residents currently hospitalized due to the virus decreased from 13 to 12. Two patients remain in intensive-care units. The hospitalization rate has decreased slightly from 0.38 percent to 0.35 percent. 

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