Albany County coronavirus update, January 24

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ALBANY COUNTY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Albany County Executive Dan McCoy announced Sunday that the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Albany County has now climbed to 17,166 to date, an increase of 193 new positive cases since Saturday. The five-day average for new daily positives has increased to 229.8 from 228.4.

The County Executive reported that among the new cases of COVID-19, 41 had close contact with positive cases, 149 did not have a clear source of infection at this time, and three are healthcare workers or residents of congregate settings.

Health officials say there are now 1,804 active cases in the county, up from 1,764 Saturday. The number of people under mandatory quarantine decreased to 2,768 from 2,840. So far, 50,850 people have completed quarantine. Of those who completed quarantine, 15,362 of them had tested positive and recovered. That is an increase of 144 recoveries since Saturday.

There were 10 new hospitalizations reported overnight, and there are 165 county residents currently hospitalized from the virus – a net decrease of seven. There are 15 patients in ICU’s, down one from Saturday. Sadly, there were two additional COVID-related deaths reported since Saturday: A man and a woman in their 80’s. The death toll for the county now stands at 295 since the outbreak began, with 69 have occurred in the month of January alone. County Executive McCoy was joined by County Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen for the briefing.

“The pandemic has created a financial crisis and nearly everyone has been impacted. With so many people losing their jobs or having hours and wages cut, tenants aren’t able to pay landlords rent. That’s why I’m proud Albany County has applied for a received $9 million from the federal Treasury to cover rent owed and future rent payments for those on unemployment and those 80% of the area median income,” said County Executive. I’m looking forward to the County Legislature to bring this to the Audit and Finance Committee in the coming days so we can get the relief out to those who need it most as soon as possible.”

“Protecting Albany County residents from eviction and homelessness has been a critical first priority as we see our way through the devastating impacts of this pandemic. This helps us to continue to accomplish that goal,” Albany County Legislature Chairman Andrew Joyce said. “We thank the County Executive and his team for moving so quickly to secure this major funding in this new phase of this crisis.”

Funding from the Treasury was reportedly made available to counties and localities with populations of at least 200,000. The $9 million can be used for up to 12 months of rental arears and up to three months in future rent payments. While those below the 80% area median income will be eligible, those below the 50% threshold will be prioritized.

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