ALBANY COUNTY — Because of a spike in COVID-19 cases, the University at Albany shifted on Tuesday to fully remote learning for the remainder of the fall semester. 

As Albany County nears the apex of COVID-19 cases it had this spring, the county’s executive, Daniel McCoy, worries about another shutdown — which he says many small businesses wouldn’t survive. The state is now using a targeted approach, with restrictions tailored to areas with micro-clusters of the virus.

Stephen Thomas, SUNY Upstate Medical

Stephen Thomas, SUNY Upstate Medical’s chief of Infectious Disease, has been appointed the lead principal investigator for the world-wide Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine trial. The SUNY medical school serves as one of the global third-phase vaccine trial locations.

Michelle Hinchey

His 8,171-vote lead over Michelle Hinchey suggests that GOP-backed Richard Amedure had a modicum of broader appeal with voters in the 46th State Senate District than the Democrat. And now that a Montgomery County court judge has ruled on lawsuits filed by each candidate over absentee ballots, the nearly 26,000 votes can be counted. Over half of the mail-in ballots were returned by people who will almost assuredly vote for Hinchey — but that still might not be enough to pull out a win.

The COVID-19 patient who died was a woman in her sixties, bringing the county’s COVID-19 death toll to 144.

A woman in her nineties with underlying health conditions died of the virus on Thursday. This brings the county’s COVID-19 death toll to 143.

Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy

New York’s micro-clusters, until now, had been in Brooklyn and Queens in New York City; in Orange and Rockland counties in the Mid-Hudson region; and in Broome, Steuben, and Chemung counties near the Pennsylvania border.

Project Growth participants earn money to repay the victims of their crimes while they build life skills combined with hands-on service projects, said William Connors who runs the program.

“It’s time to start doubling down on the preventative measures instead of loosening restrictions,” said Albany County Health Commissioner Elizabeth Whalen.

Richard Amedure

With over 130,000 early and in-person ballots counted on Tuesday, Republican Richard Amedure maintains a 6.26-percent lead over Democrat Michelle Hinchey, 66,784 votes to 58,613, in the race for the 46th state Senate District, according to unofficial election results from the state Board of Elections.