Albany County coronavirus update

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Albany County Executive Dan McCoy announced Tuesday that as of this morning, there have now been 2,125 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Albany County to date, an increase of 27 since Monday.

Additionally, there are now 578 people reportedly under mandatory quarantine, down from 590. The five-day average for new daily positive cases is now up to 11.8 from nine Monday. There are currently 77 active cases reported, up from 67 Monday. So far, 6,574 people have completed quarantine, with 2,048 of them having tested positive and recovered, which is up 17.

Officials say there are still currently three people hospitalized and the hospitalization rate remains at 0.14%. There was one new hospitalization reported overnight and there is still one person in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The county’s death toll remains at 122 people who have passed away from COVID-19 since the outbreak began.

Of the new positive cases reported Tuesday, nine reportedly are close contacts to positive cases, five are healthcare workers, four reported traveling out of state and six did not have a clear source of transmission. There have been 22 positive cases in total reported that have been linked to the large backyard party on the Fourth of July on Hudson Avenue in Albany. County Executive McCoy continues to urge those who attended the party to call the Albany County Department of Health at (518) 447-4640 to get expedited testing.

“Whether or not you believe in the seriousness of COVID-19 in some ways irrelevant. Governor Cuomo has made it clear that if we see large spikes in positive cases – which could later lead to spikes in hospitalizations – he will roll back the reopening of our economy. This would be devastating not only to the public, but to the businesses who have sacrificed so much and have been enforcing the health and safety guidelines,” said County Executive McCoy.

“That’s why I’m asking everyone to do their part and not take unnecessary risks that could potentially risk the health of others and set us back. That includes having large parties, traveling out of state and allowing crowding at bars. And while we know there are people of all age groups who contribute to this, we also know that there have now been over 400 positive cases among those between 20 and 29, by far the highest of any age group,” he continued.

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