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Schenectady County COVID-19 Community Update

March 5, 2021

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New Information:

Positive Cases: 10,978* (lab-confirmed)

Current Lab-Confirmed Positives: 187

New Positives: 32*

Daily Positivity Rate: 1.5%**

7-Day Average Positivity Rate: 2.0%**

Hospitalizations at Ellis: 20 (includes all hospitalizations, regardless of county of residence)***

People Under Investigation Currently Hospitalized at Ellis: 0***

Capital Region Hospital Capacity:

7-Day Rolling Average Total Hospital Beds % Available: 35%****

7-Day Rolling Average ICU Beds % Available: 19%****

Quarantines (potentially exposed): 546

Isolations: 223 (includes lab-confirmed positives, presumed positives and hospitalized positives; see CDC definition below)

Recoveries: 10,341 (includes only lab-confirmed positive recoveries)

Sadly, 140 people who tested positive for COVID-19 have died.

Click here for CDC definitions of isolation and quarantine.

*Information is from NYS COVID-19 Tracker

**Information is from New York Forward website

***Hospitalizations include anyone admitted to Ellis Hospital who has tested positive for COVID-19, not just Schenectady County residents

****Information is from NY Forward Percentage Positive Results by County Dashboard

COVID-19 Vaccine Doses:

Daily number 1st dose vaccines administered by SCPHS (previous 24 hours): 211

Total 1st dose vaccines administered by SCPHS: 4,565

Demographic and other COVID-19 data is available on the Schenectady County Dashboard and Mobile Version


Community Testing

Residents can contact their primary care provider about testing or find a test site near them by using the COVID-19 test site finder at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you.

No-cost testing is available at SUNY Albany’s state-run COVID-19 testing site.

Tests are also available at CVS pharmacies and Ellis Medicine’s new COVID-19 & Flu Community Clinic.

What You Can Do

In an effort to reduce the risk of infection and slow the spread of COVID-19, residents are urged to take the following precautions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating. If not available, use hand sanitizer with minimum 60 percent alcohol content;
  • Practice social distancing of at least 6 feet;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
  • Stay home unless you have an urgent need to be out;
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If not available, sneeze or cough into your elbow; and
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.