Albany County sees record number of COVID-19 ICU patients – Times Union

ALBANY — The number of Albany County residents with the coronavirus in intensive care has reached its highest point since the pandemic began.

County Executive Dan McCoy said Wednesday there were 19 patients in local hospitals’ ICUs. The county also recorded 186 new cases overnight and there are 94 patients hospitalized. The county has averaged 11 new hospitalizations a day this month, McCoy said.

McCoy said that jump in ICU patients is concerning and something local leaders are keeping a close watch on.

“It’s going to be a rough month, it’s going to be a rough month coming up in January, according to the CDC and health experts,” he said.

Of the county’s new cases, 148 had no clear source of transmission. Local health officials have said their contact tracers are overwhelmed due to the sudden jump in cases, preventing them from doing contact tracing in all cases.

Another 23 had close contact with other positive cases, 14 were health care workers and one reported out of state travel.

The county also saw its death toll reach 170, as a man in his 60s died from the disease.

The region’s hospitalizations continued to climb as well, reaching 243 patients with 41 of them in intensive care.

Other local counties saw a continued rise in cases, some reaching close to record numbers.

Saratoga County saw 28 new cases, Schenectady County saw 93 new cases and Rensselaer County had 84 cases, a new record. Warren County saw 15 new cases for 108 current cases of the disease, the most it has had since the pandemic began.

At least two school districts, Guilderland and Hudson Falls, sent their high school students home for remote learning after positive cases were detected.