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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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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Salvation Army of Fulton County’s 5th Annual Toy Drive seeks donations

Salvation Army of Fulton County’s 5th Annual Toy Drive seeks donations

  FULTON AND MONTGOMERY COUNTIES - The 5th Annual Salvation Army of Fulton County Christmas Toy Drive is facing a specific need for toys for children ages 10 and up and for infants up to 3 years of age. Toy drive coordinator Ryan Lorey, who also operates the Fulton County Area News Facebook page, has helped distribute about 50 toy collection boxes throughout Fulton and Montgomery counties over the past few weeks. "There is no Salvation Army in Montgomery County, so the Salvation Army helps out in Montgomery now from up here in Fulton County," Lorey said. "A lot of…
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Festival of Hope crimped by higher costs

Festival of Hope crimped by higher costs

Photo Caption: Volunteers at the First Presbyterian Church in Johnstown engage in meal preparation work for the third Annual Festival of Hope free Thanksgiving meal event. PROVIDED The Community Foundation of the Adirondack Foothills delivered 2,600 free Thanksgiving meals to individuals and families in need on Thursday as part of the third Annual Festival of Hope event, about 606 fewer meals than in 2020, although the total cost was about $1,000 more. "It cost more to do less," event organizer Tanyalynnette Grimes said Thursday night, after a day spent delivering meals to different locations in Fulton and Montgomery counties. "We…
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Amsterdam, Gloversville hospitals feel strain of higher COVID rate, smaller staff

Amsterdam, Gloversville hospitals feel strain of higher COVID rate, smaller staff

AMSTERDAM — The latest COVID spike in Montgomery and Fulton counties has so far been manageable, the two local hospitals said Wednesday, but it is stretching their resources. Positive test rates and the number of new infections per capita in the two counties are some of the highest among the state's 62 counties and roughly triple the statewide rate. Meanwhile, Montgomery County's and particularly Fulton County's vaccination rates lag behind many other counties and the state as a whole. As they deal with this increased flow of people who need to be tested and treated, St. Mary's Healthcare and Nathan Littauer Hospital also…
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