Capital Region

Mohawk Valley, Capital Region mark highest COVID positive rates in state

Percent of positive cases remains low but higher than other regions
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently

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With 46 new positive COVID-19 tests in the Capital Region on Tuesday and 27 new confirmed infections in the Mohawk Valley, the two regions marked the highest percentage of positive tests in the state – 1.8 percent in each region.

Schenctady County also reported one new COVID-19 death, a woman in her 80s, bringing the county’s overall death count during the pandemic to 42; Albany County reported two new deaths. 

The Capital Region reported just over 2,600 people tested Tuesday, with 46 people registering positive results, according to the state testing dashboard; the Mohawk Valley reported just over 1,500 total tests and 27 positive results. The raw number of positive cases remains higher in New York City, Long Island, Western New York, and the Mid-Hudson Valley, but the rate of positive new cases in the Capital Region and Mohawk Valley on Tuesday was higher than all other regions in the state.

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The Capital Region’s 46 new cases Tuesday was the most since last week, when the region counted more than 50 new cases on four different days. The region’s seven-day rolling average for rate of positive test results remains around 1 percent, well below the benchmark Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to use in deciding whether schools within each of the state’s different regions can open to students in September.

The Mohawk Valley’s seven-day rolling average also remains around 1 percent, but Tuesday’s 27 new positive cases marked the highest number of new cases in one day since July 20.

The state’s overall positive test result was 1.1 percent on Tuesday, with 715 new positive cases registered statewide out of over 62,000 total tests.

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