Albany County sees most COVID-19 hospitalizations since June 1

ALBANY – Eight more Albany County residents were hospitalized overnight after testing positive for the coronavirus, the county said on Thursday.

That brings the county’s total to 24, the highest since June 1, with two patients in intensive care.

County Executive Dan McCoy said the county also saw 19 new cases, for a total of 3,526 since the pandemic began. There are 157 active cases in the county.

“If this isn’t a warning sign, then I don’t know what is,” McCoy said in a statement. “For a long time, we saw spikes in positive cases without it having a serious effect on our hospital data, but that is clearly not the case. And the sad truth is that as you start to see hospitalizations rise, you are likely to see more people losing their lives to the virus.”

The county has seen 140 deaths from the virus. For the Capital Region, COVID-19-related deaths now top 360.

Of the new cases in Albany County, seven had close contact with other positive cases, three reported out of state travel, three are healthcare workers or live in congregate settings and six did not have a clear source of transmission.

The rising number of cases in the region and state is sign that the so-called second wave of the coronavirus is upon us.

‘The next wave has started.’ Capital Region braces as COVID-19 numbers grow

The increase is also fueling Vermont’s insistence that residents of Capital Region counties – and most other counties in the state – quarantine before or after arriving in the Green Mountain state.

Surging cases in Capital Region mean quarantine in Vermont

Washington County is the only county on the state border with Vermont that is not required to quarantine. Under Vermont’s rules, visitors from New York must quarantine for 14 days after arriving in the state though a quarantine there can be avoided if New Yorker’s quarantine for seven days at home and then immediately arrive in Vermont with proof of a recent negative test for the virus.

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