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 5,558 to date, an increase of 67 new positive cases since Friday. Additionally, the number of people under mandatory quarantine dropped to 2,311 from 2,480. The five-day average for new daily positives increased to 103.4 from 99.2.
Health officials say there are now 915 active cases reported in the county, down from 964 Friday. So far, 22,740 people have completed quarantine. Of those who completed quarantine, 4,643 of them had tested positive and recovered. Among the new positive cases, 15 reportedly had close contact with positive cases, 51 did not have a clear source of infection at this time and one is a healthcare worker or resident of a congregate setting – though not from Shaker Place Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
A new system put into place by Albany Medical Center and St. Peter’s Hospital has reportedly improved the way Albany County receives data timely and accurately. A reconciliation of the data found a net of 18 new county residents currently hospitalized, increasing from 43 Friday to 61 Saturday. Twelve of those were newly admitted on November 25 or later. The reconciliation also found an increase of 45 total hospitalizations ever since the outbreak began, rising from 474 to 519.
Health officials say there are now six patients currently in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit), down from ten Friday, and the hospitalization rate is now 1.09%. There were six more COVID-related deaths reported overnight, and all but one were not residents of congregate settings. They reportedly include a woman in her 50’s, a woman in her 60’s, a man and woman in their 70’s, and a man and a woman in their 80’s.
“The last time I had to report six new deaths was back on May 4, after we had seen an alarming surge of infections throughout the spring. Since yesterday it was also discovered that the number of county residents hospitalized from the virus has gone up to 61, shattering our previous record of 45 set just a week ago,” said County Executive McCoy. “The threat right now is very real. We need to get the spread of the virus under control before our hospital system is overwhelmed and we lose even more county residents.”