ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Albany County Executive Dan McCoy announced Wednesday that the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Albany County has now climbed to 6,038 to date, an increase of 167 new positive cases since Tuesday. The five-day average for new daily positives increased to 117.6 from 112.2.
During the briefing, the County Executive reported that among the new positive cases, 15 had close contact with positive cases, one reported traveling out of state, 148 did not have a clear source of infection at this time and three are healthcare workers or residents of congregate settings – though none from Shaker Place Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
Health officials say there are now 904 active cases in the county, down from 910 Tuesday. The number of people under mandatory quarantine dropped to 2,181 from 2,370. So far, 24,085 people have completed quarantine. Of those who completed quarantine, 5,134 of them had tested positive and recovered.
There were 17 new hospitalizations reported overnight, and there are 84 county residents currently hospitalized from the virus – a net increase of eight. The hospitalization rate is now 1.39%. There are still 12 patients in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit), unchanged from Tuesday.
Sadly, there was one new COVID-related death reported since Tuesday – a man in his 90’s and a resident of congregate settings, but not from Shaker Place. The death toll for the county now stands at 161 since the outbreak began. County Executive McCoy was joined by Deputy Albany County Executive Dan Lynch for the briefing.
“Another day goes by and sadly more records are set here in Albany County. This is a the second consecutive day we’ve reported the highest number of new cases of COVID-19 in one day, and we once again now have the highest number of residents currently hospitalized. To put that into perspective, on November 20 we had a record number of residents hospitalized at 45. We’ve now nearly doubled that amount,” said County Executive McCoy.
“For those who are following the health guidelines, I want to thank you. And for those who aren’t, I urge you to consider the greater good of the community. If our numbers continue to move in the wrong direction, more people will get sick and we will placed in a micro-cluster zone by the state and businesses will be forced to shut down,” he continued.