New local COVID-19 numbers continue to look more like they are from May
Nov 06, 2020 6:33 am
On Nov. 4, U.S. health officials announced a record number of COVID-19 cases, over 100,000. And on Nov. 5, over 114,000, another record, and a giant leap from the day before. While everyone is paying attention to the election, coronavirus is out of control. And that is true locally too. The Capital Region reported 685 active infections in their communities Nov. 5, up 29. That's also up 126 percent from one month ago. Capital Region hospitals reported 94 coronavirus patients as of Nov. 5, up 370 percent one month ago. A Schenectady County man in his 70s died, it was announced Nov. 5, which makes at least 370 local residents. And that election was not immune either, as the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health announed, "County officials advise residents who voted at the East Fishkill Community Center on Election Day to seek COVID-19 testing." In Albany County there were 43 new cases announced Nov. 5, with 29 county residents hospitalized with the virus. “We haven’t had 29 in the hospital since late May,” said Albany County Executive Dan McCoy. Officials say 15 percent of the COVID-19 cases in Albany County are from schools. The University of Albany blamed it back on "community spread" and announced every student living on campus in any residence hall or apartment will be required to submit a saliva sample by 5 p.m. on Nov. 6. There are also now no off-campus visitors allowed, and students can only enter their own residence hall or apartment building, and there are now no in-person events or gatherings of any kind allowed at the University of Albany. There were nine new COVID-19 cases announced Nov. 5 in Columbia County, and five new cases in Greene County. There were 14 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed by the Rensselaer County Health Department on Nov. 5, and four new positives in Delaware County.