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Capital region schools COVID-19 case counts aren't rising as fast

Feb 04, 2021 6:33 am
Cathleen F. Crowley reports in the Times Union that reports indicate the latest coronavirus surge is lessening locally, especially in schools. There was only a seven percent increase in new COVID-19 cases in public schools in Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, and Saratoga counties this week. That is the smallest increase while school was in session since the week of Dec. 2. Meanwhile, a state judge ruled Feb. 3 that New York's Department of Health must release records about nursing home residents who died of COVID-19 and said the failure to do so already was a “violation” of New York's open government law, the Daily Freeman reports. In Ulster and Dutchess counties there were six and two deaths, respectively, announced Feb. 3, as the pandemic continues during the slow vaccine roll-out. There were also 26 new cases in Ulster County, and 112 in Dutchess County. Greene County reported 22 more coronavirus cases there Feb. 3, while Columbia County reported two more deaths and 15 new positive tests. Rensselaer County had 41 new COVID-19 cases, and Albany County reported 69 more positive tests.