ALBANY COUNTY (NEWS10) — Albany County Executive Dan McCoy announced Friday that as of this morning, there are 1,778 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Albany County to date, an increase of 18 in the last 24 hours.
Additionally, there are now reportedly 672 people under mandatory quarantine and three people under precautionary quarantine. The five-day average for new daily positives is now down to 15.6. So far, 4,785 people have completed quarantine, with 1,416 of them having tested positive and recovered. That brings the county’s recovery rate to 79.64%.
Tragically, County officials reported a resident passed away overnight due to the virus – a man in his 70’s – which brings the county’s death toll to 113. There were three new hospitalizations since Thursday, and there are currently 15 individuals hospitalized, down from 16. That brings the hospitalization rate down to 0.84% from 0.9% Thursday. There are now three people in Intensive Care Units (ICU), up two since Thursday’s briefing.
In response to Governor Cuomo’s recent guidance allowing drive-in and drive through graduation ceremonies as well as outdoor dining for restaurants, the County Executive was joined by North Colonie Central School District Superintendent D. Joseph Corr and McGeary’s Irish Pub owner Tess Collins to discuss how they are adapting.
“Restaurants are caught in the middle of protecting their staff and customer base and their own razor-thin profit margins. Today was important to hear directly from a local business owner who is a part of the fabric of our community to better understand what people like her are going through and how they’re adapting,” said County Executive McCoy.
“And as we continue to adapt as a society in response to COVID-19, sadly we’re also forced to change the way we conduct graduation ceremonies. A student’s graduation is a pivotal and memorable moment in their lives that is cherished for a lifetime. While it’s not ideal, I’m happy action was taken soon enough to at least provide a safe alternative for local youth,” he continued.
County Executive McCoy discussed some of the options for graduations, including virtual, pre-recorded, drive-in or drive-thru ceremonies. In-person events must have social distancing maintained at all times. Drive-in ceremonies are reportedly for students and immediate family only, and everyone who attends must show up together and stay in the car. These can be done at drive-in movie theaters and school, stadium and other large parking lots. After discussions with parents, Superintendent Corr discussed how Shaker will hold their own drive-through graduation on June 27. Full guidelines for ceremonies can be found here.
County Executive McCoy also highlighted the high turnout at Thursday’s walk-up COVID-19 testing site that was made available to first responders and those who attended rallies and protests over the last several days who believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19. A reported total of 78 people were tested in one day. Considering the success of the site, the County Executive announced that the site will be offering appointment free-testing again next Wednesday, June 10, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Capital South Campus, 20 Warren Street, in Albany. Those interested are asked to bring an ID and insurance. If you do not have insurance, it is free.
The County Executive also reminded the public that as downtown continues to reopen in phase two, metered and time-limited parking restrictions will be reenforced starting on Monday, June 8 at 8 a.m. following an announcement by Mayor Sheehan.
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