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 6,501 to date, an increase of 177 new positive cases since Friday. The five-day average for new daily positives increased to 165 from 150.6.

During the briefing, the County Executive reported that among the new positive cases, 19 had close contact with positive cases, 141 did not have a clear source of infection at this time, three reported traveling out of state and 14 are healthcare workers or residents of congregate settings – though none from Shaker Place Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

There are now 1,106 active cases reported in the county, a huge increase from 992 Friday. The number of people under mandatory quarantine decreased to 2,191 from 2,218. So far, 25,412 people have completed quarantine. Of those who completed quarantine, 5,395 of them had tested positive and recovered.

There were 16 new hospitalizations reported overnight, and there are 89 county residents currently hospitalized from the virus – a net decrease of seven. The hospitalization rate is now 1.36%. There are currently 14 patients in the ICU, down from 16 Friday. There were no new deaths to report and the death toll for the county stands at 167 since the outbreak began.

County Executive McCoy was joined by Schenectady County Manager Rory Fluman and Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin for the briefing to discuss the regional response to the second wave of the pandemic.

“The only way we’re going to dig ourselves out of this hole is by working together – across county lines and party lines – because the Coronavirus doesn’t care about county boarders or rivers that divide us,” said County Executive McCoy. “That’s why I’ve been proud to work with County Manager Fluman and County Executive McLaughlin over the last nearly nine months. Whether it’s getting testing sites up and running or distributing PPE across the Capital Region, this partnership is what has allowed us to keep our numbers relatively low compared to other regions in the state.”

“As the state designates yellow, orange, and red cluster zones in our communities, practicing social distancing and mask use are the primary weapons we have to fight COVID-19,” said Schenectady County Manager Rory Fluman. “If person by person, and county by county, we fight together against COVID-19, we can beat this terrible virus that has done too much damage and taken too many lives.”

“By controlling the spread of the virus, we can keep people safe, prevent our regional hospital system from getting overwhelmed, and keep businesses open. Considering micro-cluster zones will be decided not only by infection rate, but hospital capacity as well, it’s critical that the Capital Region counties work in unison to respond to this public health emergency, and I’ve been happy to work with County Executive McCoy and County Manager Fluman over the last nearly nine months,” said Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin.

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