SARATOGA SPRINGS — It was one year ago, nearly to the day, when then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the first confirmed case of the so-called UK strain of COVID-19 virus has been detected in Saratoga Springs. The strain was traced back to an individual affiliated with a Saratoga Springs jewelry store and all individuals who visited the store from Dec. 18 through Dec. 24, 2020 were encouraged to contact the Department of Health and immediately receive a COVID-19 test.
Additional variants have appeared in 2021 – “Delta” and “Omicron” (titled after letters of the Greek alphabet) among them.
As 2021 draws to a close, Saratoga County Public Health Services reports more than 27,000 known cases of COVID-19 among county residents since the first infections due to the original virus were tracked in early 2020, and more than 250 deaths among county residents since that time.
The chart depicts month-to-month deaths in Saratoga County in 2021.
In mid-January 2021, Saratoga County Public Health Services reported they were “investigating an issue with the county COVID dashboard,” and as such, to provide the most accurate portrayal of 2021 data, the description begins in February 2021.
The first death of a county resident linked to COVID-19 was reported in late March 2020. On Feb. 1, 2021, the SCPHS reported 10,604 confirmed cases in all, and 120 total deaths. Today, nearly 11 months later, those total numbers are 27,915 and 258, respectively, through Dec. 21, 2021.