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Warren County reports 86th COVID death

For the second time in as many days, Warren County Health Services on Thursday reported a resident has died from COVID-19.

The individual was in their 90s and had been fully vaccinated prior to becoming ill at home. The person, who was hospitalized for an extended period, had a history of health issues, Health Services said.

It is the 86th COVID-related death in the county since the pandemic began last March.

“The Health Services staff and the Warren County Board of Supervisors offer their deepest condolences to this individual’s loved ones,” the county said in a statement.

An additional 30 cases and 15 recoveries were reported on Thursday, bringing the number of active cases in the county to 281.

Fourteen people were hospitalized, an increase of one since Wednesday. One person was in critical condition and 13 others were moderately ill.

All of Thursday’s cases involved community spread, including six individuals who had been on the campuses of Queensbury, Glens Falls and Lake George school districts.

The increase in cases in recent days stems from workplace and household exposure and indoor events, according to Health Services.

The agency is urging all residents eligible for the vaccines to get inoculated as soon as possible and to wear a mask while in public indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status.

Anyone who is feeling ill should stay home and get tested for the virus as soon as possible.

The vaccines have been proven to dramatically reduce risk of infection and lessen the severity of symptoms in the event of a “breakthrough” case, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Vaccines are widely available at local pharmacies and Health Services is hosting a number of clinics throughout October. For more information, visit: warrencountyny.gov/covidhub.

The county reported 14 additional breakthrough cases on Thursday, for a total of 525 such cases. A total of 43,665 Warren County residents have been fully vaccinated, according to Health Services.

A vast majority of breakthrough cases involved individuals experiencing a mild illness. Nine residents have died, all of whom were elderly and had an extensive history of health issues, Health Services said.

The county continues to see “high” transmission of the virus, averaging 325.28 cases per 100,000 residents over the last seven days, according to the CDC.

Washington and Saratoga counties

Washington County had not reported its daily COVID statistics as of 5 p.m. Thursday.

The county, however, is still seeing high transmission of the virus, averaging 230.38 cases per 100,000 residents, according the CDC data.

In Saratoga County, 71 new cases were reported to the state on Wednesday, the most recent day county data is available.

The county continues to see high transmission of the virus, according to the CDC, averaging 195.77 cases per 100,000 residents.

Statewide and regional statistics

Statewide, 5,243 people tested positive for the virus on Wednesday, the most recent day statewide data is available.

A total of 76,647 vaccine does were administered in the last 24 hours.

But 2,249 people were hospitalized with the virus on Wednesday and 23 people died.

In the Capital Region, 335 cases were reported Wednesday, a positive test rate of 3.2%. The region now has an average positive test rate of 3.6% over the last seven days, according to state data.

Chad Arnold is a reporter for The Post-Star covering the city of Glens Falls and the town and village of Lake George and Washington County government. Follow him on Twitter @ChadGArnold.

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