In Essex County, There Has Been An Upsurge In Hospitalization And Mortality As A Result Of The Covid Virus


On Thursday, the Essex County Health Department announced another COVID-related fatality, bringing the countywide total to 42.

“The client was unwell with COVID-19 and other underlying medical issues before passing away in their home,” stated ECHD Program Coordinator Andrea Whitmarsh in an email. “They had not been immunized.”

The health service is advising persons whose COVID-19 symptoms are worsening or cannot be treated at home to consult their doctor before they become fatal.


“Emergency warning symptoms that need immediate medical treatment include trouble breathing, persistent chest discomfort or pressure, inability to stay awake, or blue lips or face,” Whitmarsh added.

The county recorded 88 new cases of COVID-19 since its last update on Monday, with around 30 new cases discovered each day. As of Thursday, there were 155 ongoing COVID-19 cases in Essex County.

Eleven of the new instances were in North Elba, six in Jay, and five in St. Armand.

“We are witnessing a large increase in hospitalizations, throughout the area and right here in Essex County,” Whitmarsh stated. “We urge you to recommit to multilayer preventive techniques like as indoor mask use, testing before and after gathering, hand washing, physical separation, and, most critically, vaccination.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that everyone aged 5 and up be immunized against COVID-19. Those aged 18 and above are now eligible for booster injections if their previous dosage was more than six months ago.

Whitmarsh stated last week that the North Country is still in a “active pandemic” phase.

The recent increase in cases is similar to the increase in COVID-19 cases seen in this area at this time last year. At the time, public health officials blamed the increase on Christmas festivities. The number of active cases is many times larger this year than it was in 2020.

On December 4 of last year, Essex County has 27 current COVID-19 cases.

On Friday, four persons were admitted to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake with COVID-19. Two of them were on ventilators.

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