Another 66 diagnosed with coronavirus in Albany County – Times Union

ALBANY — Albany County recorded 66 new cases of the coronavirus Sunday as a surge caused by the delta variant continued to be felt in the region.

Twenty residents are now hospitalized with the virus, an increase of two people from Saturday. Three people are in intensive care.

So far, 63.1 percent of the county’s population are fully vaccinated, according to the county executive’s office. Plans for a clinic Sunday at the Altamont Fair were canceled due to the expected arrival of Tropical Storm Henri. The fair was closed too.

“Our clinics are critical to stopping the spread of the virus but safety comes first and Henri is expected to bring intense rain and flooding,” Albany County Executive Dan McCoy said in a statement. “There are many other clinics being held this week and weekdays at our Department of Health and I encourage anyone who has been vaccinated to visit one.”

The number of new cases was lower than the 90 new cases of the virus were confirmed Saturday. It was the highest daily total since April 1.

Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations have nearly doubled in the Capital Region over the past two weeks, returning to levels last seen in April, a Times Union analysis of local data shows.

Officials in the eight-county region were reporting 256 average cases of the virus a day as of Friday, up 97 percent from 130 just two weeks earlier. The last time the region averaged that many cases was early April. Since then, cases dropped to a low of just 4.9 average daily infections in early July only to start climbing again as the highly contagious delta variant spread throughout the state.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 80 percent of new coronavirus cases in the Northeast are caused by the delta variant. 

Upcoming Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics:
Thursday, August 26, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Shaker Junior High School
475 Watervliet Shaker Road, Colonie, NY
Friday, August 27, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area
21 Delaware Avenue,  Albany, NY
Saturday, August 28, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Medusa Fest
28 County Route 351, Rensselaerville, NY
Saturday, August 28, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Friendship Festival w/ CDPHP
Mosher Park, 2 Park Drive, Ravena, NY
The county continues to deliver vaccinations to homebound residents. Vaccine appointment can be made at (518) 447-7198.