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Coronavirus kills 400th resident of Albany County - Times Union

Coronavirus kills 400th resident of Albany County - Times Union

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Albany County Executive Dan McCoy on Tuesday reported that 400 residents of Albany County have now died from the coronavirus. (Will Waldron/Times Union)

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy on Tuesday reported that 400 residents of Albany County have now died from the coronavirus. (Will Waldron/Times Union)

Will Waldron/Times Union

ALBANY — A woman in her 50s is the 400th Albany County resident killed by coronavirus since it first appeared here in early 2020.

Few details were released about the woman but county officials said she died after they updated the county's coronavirus numbers on Monday. It was unclear if she had pre-existing medical conditions that worsened her reaction to the virus or if she was vaccinated.

In the Capital Region, approximately 1,200 residents have now died after contracting the virus. Deaths in the region — and around the nation — have increased since the delta variant began to spread earlier this summer.

On Monday, Washington County, which has a fraction of Albany County's population, reported three new deaths from the virus: A 42-year-old, a 64-year-old and a 77-year-old. Two of them had been hospitalized. All three were unvaccinated, the county said. 

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy extended his sympathies to the woman's family. 

“As we continue to see the virus taking lives, it becomes that much more urgent that we get more people vaccinated to ensure they’re as protected as possible," McCoy said in a prepared statement released by his office. "Our most recent data continues to show that the vast majority of those hospitalized with COVID are unvaccinated."

McCoy's office says 57 new positive cases were reported to the county since Monday. Four more people were hospitalized and 34 people are now hospitalized with the virus. Nine patients are in the intensive care unit, an increase of one person from the prior day. The county is averaging about 74 new cases a day. 

As of Monday, 70.4 percent of Albany County residents had received at least the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine and 64.6 percent were fully vaccinated. The first-dose number for residents 18 and older now stands at 81.4 percent.

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The death reported in Albany County continues to follow a trend local health officials noted earlier this month: While deaths in the region are nowhere near as frequent as they were during the winter surge, they have begun to rise in recent weeks and county officials say they are seeing younger victims this time around.

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