Albany County coronavirus update

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ALBANY COUNTY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Albany County Executive Dan McCoy announced Saturday that the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Albany County has now climbed to 3,858 to date, an increase of 69 new positive cases since Friday.

Health officials said the number of people under mandatory quarantine has increased to 1,311 from 1,215. The five-day average for new daily positives jumped to 43.2 from 34.4. There are now 253 active cases in the county, up from 224 Friday. So far, 17,527 people have completed quarantine. Of those who completed quarantine, 3,605 of them had tested positive and recovered.

Among the new positive cases, 25 reportedly had close contact with positive cases, six reported traveling out of state, 32 did not have a clear source of infection at this time, and six are healthcare workers or residents of a congregate settings.

There were seven new hospitalizations reported overnight, while the number of county residents currently hospitalized due to the virus increased to 31 from 29. There are three patients in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit), up one from Friday. The hospitalization rate has gone  up to 0.80% from 0.73%. There is a new COVID-related death to report, and the county’s death toll is now 143 since the outbreak began.

“Sadly, we’ve have learned of the death of a woman in her 90’s who passed away on Thursday,” said County Executive McCoy. “My condolences to her family and all of those who have lost loved ones to COVID-19. We have seen our positive numbers skyrocket since yesterday while our hospitalizations continue to remain high and now we’ve seen two more deaths. We need more than vigilance. We need compliance with following the guidance to stop the spread. That means wearing a mask properly, covering your nose and mouth, coughing and sneezing into your elbow, frequent hand sanitizing, social distancing and avoiding large gatherings.”

The County Executive was joined by Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan.

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