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COVID-19 more prevalent in New York

Sep 29, 2020 6:33 am
Amanda Fries reports in the Times Union that another wave of COVID-19 cases seems to be flowing in New York, as the coronavirus positivity rate rose to 1.5 percent on Sept. 27. There are several causes. Cases have spiked in areas in New York City and upstate with large concentrations of Orthodox Jews. Public schools and, especially, universities returning to in-person activities have also brought more cases to New York. And cases are up in most other states around the country. Gov. Andrew Cuomo would not be as specific, but said that without 20 particular zip codes with the highest infection rates, then New York's statewide infection rate would be at about one percent. "The numbers today are interesting," Cuomo said of New York's infection rate. "First, we're coming into the fall and all the health experts said you have to be careful about the fall." In Rensselaer County anyone who visited Villa Valenti’s Pub in Troy, especially between 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Sept. 25, may have been exposed. Also, the Hudson Valley Community College campus is on alert after a person tested positive for COVID-19 after visiting the school. In Albany County, anyone who attended the Sept. 13 or Sept. 20 services at Life Church in Latham should call the Albany County Dept. of Health. North of Albany, Guilderland High has one new COVID-19 case and Shenendehowa schools report three more coronavirus cases. Columbia County reported one new case on Sept. 28 with nine active cases. A Hudson elementary school student tested positive last week, but the student was not attending in-person classes. “The virus is still alive and out there among our community,” said Columbia County health director Jack Mabb. Greene County reported just two cases, as of Sept. 28.