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More COVID-19 spread locally, nationally

Nov 10, 2020 6:33 am
With Federal officials such as Ben Carson and David Bossie announcing their COVID-19 cases on Nov. 9, the United States announced more than 10 million cases since the pandemic began. The U.S. has averaged 108,737 new coronavirus cases a day over the past week, which is a record high, according to Johns Hopkins. Locally, there were 12 new COVID-19 cases announced in Columbia County on Nov. 9, and Greene County announced nine new cases. Columbia County activated its Emergency Operations Center on Nov. 9, with 103 active cases, 25 hospitalized. “We’ve never had this many active cases at one time,” said Columbia County Health Director Jack Mabb in a press release. “We’re seeing all community spread, with cases scattered throughout the county ranging from age two on up. We are now at a 1.7 percent incident rate—with this trend, we’ll be over 2 percent at the end of the week.” In Rensselaer County there were 22 more new cases. Albany County confirmed 39 new COVID-19 cases. New York Assembly Minority Leader, Republican Will Barclay, tested positive for COVID-19, he announced Nov. 9. The University of Albany moved all classes from in-erson to all remote beginning Nov. 10. The university on Nov. 6 conducted "surge testing" of about 3,400 on-campus students, revealing a "presumed" positivity rate of 3.3 percent. So the University of Albany will remain on fully remote learning through at least February 1, 2021. RPI and Union colleges canceled their Division III winter sports seasons on Nov. 9. And Silvia, a restaurant in Woodstock, had an employee test positive who last worked on Nov. 5. That will close the restaurant for several days while all employees get tested.