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Capital Region sees an increase in coronavirus cases

Emily De Vito
Updated: July 13, 2020 06:06 PM
Created: July 13, 2020 12:33 PM

ALBANY – The Capital Region has seen an uptick in positive coronavirus cases. In the governor's daily news release it showed the Capital Region had the highest percentage of positive tests Saturday at two percent. That dropped Sunday to 0.9 percent.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy addressed the increase in cases on Monday. Over the weekend, the county had 25 new positive cases confirmed. McCoy said some of those cases came from two nursing homes, others from group settings.

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"Was chased to certain groups congregating together that might have been with other people that have been infected," explained McCoy.

McCoy said this has caused the 10-day average of positive cases to increase slightly. He along with Albany County Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen say they are especially concerned with the increase in cases for those 20 to 29 years old. They said that group is often asymptomatic.

"A lot of those cases they're not very ill, they may have mild symptoms," explained Dr. Whalen. "They may have just been tested because they were being screened for their jobs and the risk though is that outside of their jobs and at home they can spread this to other individuals who are more susceptible."

The county is also concerned about travelers. The Rensselaer County Health Department issued an advisory last week for travelers from Georgia. Three passengers who flew from Atlanta to Albany had tested positive for the virus. Dr. Whalen said people often are tested and are negative, but then develop symptoms days later. She is urging people to quarantine for two weeks when they return from traveling.

"You have snowbirds coming back, you have kids that were away coming back you know I know people that traveled from other states that came home and are going to their loved one's party," said McCoy.

Dr. Whalen and McCoy are once again reminding people the virus is not over. They say whether numbers continue to increase depends entirely on public behavior with wearing masks, social distancing and washing hands.

"Sometimes, unfortunately, we see a gap in what people know and what people do," said Dr. Whalen.

Another reason for the large uptick in numbers in the Capital Region is due to an outbreak at a nursing home in Rensselaer County. The county announced 30 residents of Riverside Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation tested positive for the virus, along with nine employees.


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