ALBANY — The rate of new confirmed COVID infections has been declining for more than a week in the Capital Region, state data shows.
The rolling average of new infections had steadily increased from mid-March to mid-May, then stabilized at 57 new infections per day per 100,000 population on May 16. It decreased daily to reach 38.5 on May 26.
A similar drop was seen in many of New York’s 10 regions and the state as a whole.
Governor Kathy Hochul noted the decrease in the statewide average in an update Friday and also suggested people take precautions not to reverse the trend over the holiday weekend.
“As New Yorkers travel to spend Memorial Day weekend with friends and family, it’s important that we don’t let our guard down and continue to use the tools at our disposal to stay safe and healthy,” she said. “The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from serious illness is to get vaccinated and keep track of your booster doses.”
The recent trend in New York runs counter to the nation as a whole – the national rolling average of new infections continues to rise, from 88,000 a day on May 12 to 110,000 on May 26, according to federal data .
But even though New York state’s trends are falling in new infections and other states are trending up, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says New York still has one of the highest rates of infections among the 50 states, with New York City faring worse than the rest. of State.
Positive test trends have become more difficult to track with the widespread use of self-test kits. The New York State Department of Health only counts lab-confirmed positives, and some people who self-test positive at home do not receive a follow-up lab test.
COVID-related hospitalizations are also down in the capital region. The hospital count hit a recent high of 232 on May 17 and fell all but one day to 174 on May 26.
Of the 174 patients, 61.5% were admitted due to COVID or its complications, meaning 38.5% had mild COVID symptoms or no symptoms when they entered the hospital for treatment. of another problem.
The following data shows the rate of new infections per day from Thursday and the number of consecutive days of decline. Rates are a seven-day moving average per 100,000 population.
- Albany County 38.2, 7 days
- Fulton County 32.0, 2 days
- Montgomery County 38.1 1 day
- Rensselaer County 42.3, 1 day
- Saratoga County 39.9, 10 days
- Schenectady County 41.6, 4 days
- Schoharie County 20.7, 7 days
- Capital Region 38.5, 10 days
- Mohawk Valley 27.3, 17 days
- New York State 41.4, 9 days
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