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Local COVID-19 cases almost hit record, as national cases beat records

Nov 09, 2020 6:33 am
Bethany Bump reports in the Times Union that the Capital Region's daily COVID-19 cases reached close to a record high Nov. 6. Capital Region counties reported 142 new coronavirus cases, the region’s second-highest one-day total since the pandemic began. The most announced active cases were on May 1, when there were 147 active cases. On Nov. 6, Greene County finished third in new cases, with 24. Albany County, with 44, and Saratoga County, with 27, led local counties. All but one of the new Greene County cases came from the Greene Correctional Facility, a men’s state prison in Coxsackie. “While the large increase of cases are within the prison, we already know from that past month that this virus can make it back out into the general population,” Greene County health officials wrote in a Facebook post Nov. 6. “Although these cases/individuals are not in our community, the staff who work with them are. It is as important as ever for us to maintain social distancing, washing your hands, and wearing your mask." Health officials blame gatherings of friends and family for spreading the virus locally. There were also nine new cases announced in Delaware County on Nov. 6, and six more in Columbia County on Nov. 6, five more on Nov. 7, and 17 more on Nov. 8. And health officials are warning that we are only now learning of new cases from Halloween gatherings and weeks of voting. Health officials have announced outbreaks at voting sites in Wilton in Saratoga County, at East Fishkill in Dutchess County, and at the Putnam Valley High School in Putnam County. There has been criticism of maskless large political gatherings including a Republican election rally in Saugerties, and Republican Liz Joy's election night party for her losing effort to Paul Tonko in the 20th Congressional District. The Mid-Hudson regional positivity rate was 2.5 percent Nov. 6, while the Capital Region was 1.7 percent, with both recently rising. This week there have been seven local deaths: an Albany County man in his 60s, an Albany County man in his 80s, a resident of the Ghent Assisted Living facility in Columbia County, a Rensselaer woman in her 80s, a Schenectady County man in his 70s, a Schenectady County man in his 80s, and a Schenectady County woman who was 100 years old. On Nov. 8, Albany County announced another death, its 144th, and 55 more COVID-19 cases. Dutchess County reported 29 more COVID-19 cases on Nov. 8, with Marist College now up to 70 current active cases. Nationally, on Nov. 7 100,762 new cases were announced with 453 new deaths, marking the fifth highest day of new cases in the country since the pandemic began. In the previous week, the United States broke its own records for coronavirus cases several times. Read more about this story in the Times Union.