December COVID-19 news in Albany County has been bad
Shaniece Holmes-Brown in the Times Union reports that the COVID-19 news in Albany County in December has been especially bad. On Dec. 1 211 new cases were announced, with 202 more on Dec. 2. And three more people have died after contracting the virus, bringing the county's death toll to 449 since March, 2020. The deaths were a woman in her 50s, a man in his 80s, and another woman in her 80s, but the county did not say if they were vaccinated. “Every death is a tragedy that leaves loved ones devastated, and we need to do more to protect our community,” Albany County Executive Dan McCoy said. So far the cases here are mostly of the delta variant. “With news that the first omicron variant has been identified in California, it’s even more important now that everyone get vaccinated if they haven’t already and to get the booster dose if they have,” said McCoy. Meanwhile, Columbia County reported two more deaths Dec. 1, the first there among the vaccinated. Columbia County Department of Health Director Jack Mabb said. “Both of them were seniors, both of them vaccinated, but both of them had a lot of comorbidities.” Columbia County reported five deaths in September, two in October, two in November, and now two in December. Mabb said many of the new cases in Columbia County this week can be traced to Thanksgiving gatherings. One man said he felt sick last Wednesday, Mabb said, and thought he should be tested, decided not to be because he did not want it to ruin his Thanksgiving, and then tested positive the day after. “So he definitely went there and exposed everybody to the virus,” Mabb said. “Its irresponsible, but I understand at some level, yes it infuriates me, because its irresponsible, but people are desperate to get together, they are desperate to have some sense of normal, and we just can’t. This is not normal times. If you have symptoms you shouldn’t be going to these things.” Read more about this story in the Times Union.