Albany County coronavirus update, May 17

Health

ALBANY COUNTY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Officials say there have been 24,157 confirmed cases of COVID among Albany County residents since the outbreak began. Since Sunday, there were nine new positives along with 26 recoveries.

The five-day average for new daily positives is 19.8, and there are 113 active cases in Albany County. The most recent seven-day average of percent positive is 1% in Albany County, compared to 1.4% in the Capital Region as a whole.

Among new cases, one lives or works in a health care or congregate setting, two had close contact with other positives, and six had no clear sources of infection. Mandatory quarantine dropped to 333. Of the 78,725 to have completed quarantine so far, 24,044 tested positive and recovered.

There were three new hospitalizations overnight, totaling 15 county residents currently hospitalized from the virus. Five of those patients are in the ICU. With no new COVID deaths to report, the county death toll is 378. As of Sunday, 58.3% of Albany County received at least a first dose, with 50.3% considered fully vaccinated. Statewide, the first dose vaccination rate is 49.8% and the full vaccination rate is 41.6%.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy held a COVID-19 briefing on Monday at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the numbers and announce a new initiative to encourage people to get vaccinated: $5 gift cards to Dunkin’.

“I’m proud of the progress we’re making in Albany County to get residents vaccinated. It’s that progress that’s keeping our infection rate and hospital admissions low, and it’s saving lives. But some are still on the fence about getting their shot, so we’re partnering with Dunkin’ to offer an incentive. The next 2,000 residents who get vaccinated at one of our county-run clinics starting Wednesday, including the CAP Center this Thursday, will get a $5 gift card to Dunkin’ for coffee, donuts or anything else,” said County Executive McCoy.

McCoy was also joined by Albany County Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen and by Dr. Louis Filhour of Better Health for Northeast New York for a special check presentation and to highlight the strong programs of the Albany County Department of Mental Health.

“Improving mental health services has been a priority of mine since I was first elected, but the pandemic has brought the need for those services into sharp focus. Today’s check for more than $193,000 from Better Health of Northeast New York as part of DSRIP is an acknowledgment of our hard work literally paying off. We’ve shown improvements in metrics such as avoidable readmissions and follow-ups after care by investing in preventative measures like our Mobile Crisis Team that improve lives and ultimately save tax dollars.”

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