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Albany County sees troubling spike in coronavirus cases

WNYT Staff
Updated: July 15, 2020 01:27 PM
Created: July 15, 2020 12:26 PM

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Albany county rose by 44 on Tuesday. Albany County Executive Dan McCoy shared the troubling news Wednesday morning.

McCoy said the last time they came close to that number was June 1 with 37 positive cases.

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Albany County also saw spikes in April and May. It had its highest one-day number on April 30 with 94 positive cases.

So they compared those dates and found one similarity.

"They're all around holidays. Passover, Easter in April, Mother's Day in May. Many of those days with high positives fell in the 14-day window when we've been saying it could take us up to see that. It could be anywhere from seven to 14 days, a little bit longer. It happened as a result of people gathering together in large groups," McCoy said.

If you decide to go to a party, McCoy said you should get tested and stay home and quarantine yourself as a precaution to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Across New York state on Tuesday, 63,598 people were tested. Of those, 831 people, or 1.30 percent tested positive.

In the Capital Region, the positivity rate went from 1.7 percent on Monday to 2.1 percent on Tuesday.

The Mohawk Valley dropped from 1.6 percent positivity rate on Monday to 1.0 percent on Tuesday.

Another nine people unfortunately died statewide.


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