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Washington County resident, 37, dies from COVID

An unvaccinated 37-year-old Washington County resident has died from COVID-19, the county announced on Thursday.

The person is the second resident to have died from the virus in Washington County in as many days and the 47th virus-related death reported in the county since the pandemic began.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and the caregivers of our lost community member,” the county said in a statement.

A fully vaccinated nursing home resident died from the virus on Wednesday.

The county reported 32 additional cases of the virus Thursday along with 24 recoveries, bringing the number of active cases to 162.

Six people remain hospitalized, unchanged from Wednesday.

A total of 813 individuals are under monitoring following possible exposure to the virus, an increase of 68 since Wednesday.

County health officials are continuing to urge all residents eligible for the vaccine to get inoculated as soon as possible.

The vaccines are widely available at local pharmacies, and several vaccination clinics have been scheduled throughout September.

Vaccines dramatically reduce the chances of contracting COVID, and studies have shown the shots reduce the severity of illness in the event of a “breakthrough” case, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The county continues to see “high” transmission of the virus, averaging 261.42 cases per 100,000 residents in the last seven days, according to CDC data.

The agency recommends all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, wear a face mask in areas seeing “substantial” and high transmission of the virus.

Warren County

Warren County Health Services, meanwhile, reported 28 new cases and 13 recoveries on Thursday, bringing the number of active cases in the county to 212.

Ten people were hospitalized, including five in critical condition. The remaining cases involve individuals suffering from a moderate illness, Health Services said.

The remaining 202 cases involve individuals with a mild illness.

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

There has been no indication of in-class COVID transmission at Warren County schools this school year, according to Health Services.

New cases have stemmed from workplace and household exposures, out-of-state travel and youth sports practices, the agency said.

The county continues to see high transmission of the virus, averaging 259.60 cases per 100,000 residents in the last seven days, according to the CDC.

Saratoga County

Saratoga County reported 49 new cases, bringing the number of active cases in the county to 333.

The county has reported 318 new cases in the last seven days, a positive test rate of 3.1%.

A total of 23 individuals were hospitalized with the virus, according to county data.

The county continues to see high transmission of the virus, averaging 156.18 cases per 100,000 residents in the last seven days, according to CDC data.

Statewide and regional statistics

Statewide, 4,814 people tested positive for the virus on Wednesday, the most recent day statewide data is available. That’s a positive test rate of 2.42%, bringing the state’s positive test rate to 2.75% over the last seven days.

A total of 50,924 vaccine doses were administered in the last seven days.

But 2,320 people were hospitalized with the virus and 39 people died.

In the Capital Region, 270 new cases were reported Wednesday, a positive test rate of 2.8%, according to state data.

The region’s average positive test rate over the last seven days is now 3.8%.

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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