COVID surge appears to be easing across Capital Region, state as fewer test positive

COVID surge appears to be easing across Capital Region, state as fewer test positive

ALBANY — The early-winter surge of COVID in New York shows continued signs of flattening or even declining, with the number of new infections each day of the past week significantly lower than in late December or early January.The progress is relative — the number of lab-confirmed positive tests each day is still far higher than the highest one-day total in the first 21 months of the pandemic.But the number of people hospitalized with COVID also has begun to decline, both for the state as a whole and individually in some of its regions. Some statistical snapshots from New York's battle…
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Hochul makes big push to vaccinate young children

Hochul makes big push to vaccinate young children

ALBANY — The state is increasing its efforts to get vaccines into the arms of the largest unvaccinated group of New Yorkers: young children.As of Tuesday morning, just 22% of children ages 5-11 in New York state are fully vaccinated. That compares with 65.5% of children ages 12-17 and 93.6% for the most heavily vaccinated group, adults ages 65-74.The rate of full vaccination for all ages across the state is 72.6%.The vaccine has been authorized for children ages 5-11 for only about two months, accounting for some of the disparity — adults had access for all of 2021 and older…
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COVID hospitalization rises in New York, but not as sharply as case count

COVID hospitalization rises in New York, but not as sharply as case count

ALBANY — New York surpassed 12,000 people hospitalized with COVID, and with 55,000 new infections confirmed on what is typically the slowest day of the week for lab results, the hospital census is likely to go higher.But state Department of Health data released Monday also contain some bright spots: A much smaller percentage of COVID-infected people are winding up in the hospital so far this winter than in last winter's surge. The number of hospitalizations on Sunday was 42% higher than Jan 9, 2021, but the number of new positive tests in the first nine days of this year was 371% higher.Also,…
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Legislators, hospitals lobby Hochul for resources to run state testing site at FMCC

Legislators, hospitals lobby Hochul for resources to run state testing site at FMCC

As COVID-19 cases surge across the state — including in Fulton and Montgomery counties — Fulton-Montgomery Community College is ready to ramp up its COVID-19 testing operations.All the college needs in order to once again host a high-volume, state-run testing site is Gov. Kathy Hochul’s approval to send testing kits and manpower, according to Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam. He, along with Assemblyman Robert Smullen, R,C,I,SAM-Meco, has been lobbying the governor to ramp up the Johnstown testing site into a full-blown community testing location.Santabarbara and Smullen said the need for more community testing was brought to their attention by Fulton and Montgomery…
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Capital Region schools get tens of thousands of COVID test kits

Capital Region schools get tens of thousands of COVID test kits

Millions of COVID test kits have been distributed to New York school districts and millions more are on their way as local and state officials try to keep in-person learning going amid a pandemic surge. Local BOCES are helping distribute the kits to their partner districts, which in turn are finalizing plans to get the kits out to children and their families this week. Individual districts and county health agencies set their own protocols, so it’s best for parents to check with their children’s school system for details. Four random examples, all different: Niskayuna schools will have a drive-through pickup…
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COVID hospitalizations jump across Capital Region, NY state

COVID hospitalizations jump across Capital Region, NY state

ALBANY — The COVID-positive patient census jumped 7.5% in the Capital Region and 9% statewide from Saturday to Sunday. Capital Region residents continue to account for a disproportionately small percentage of those severely ill with the virus once again surging through the state: Only 302 of 9,653 COVID patients statewide were being treated in Capital Region hospitals as of Sunday, the state Department of Health reported Monday. Capital Region hospitals reported the following percentage of available beds and number of COVID patients Sunday: Albany Medical Center -- 12% -- 84 Columbia Memorial -- 14% -- 24 Ellis -- 24% --…
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