Albany County coronavirus update, January 8


ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy announced that the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Albany County has now climbed to 13,495 to date, an increase of 281 new positive cases since Jan. 7. The five-day average for new daily positives has increased to 251.2 from 239.4.

The County Executive also reported that among the new positive cases, 38 had close contact with positive cases, 237 did not have a clear source of infection at this time, and six are healthcare workers or residents of congregate settings. There are now 2,034 active cases in the county, up from 1,822 yesterday.

The number of people under mandatory quarantine increased to 3,070 from 2,902. So far, 41,689 people have completed quarantine. Of those who completed quarantine, 11,461 of them had tested positive and recovered. That is an increase of 68 recoveries since yesterday.

There were 24 new hospitalizations overnight, and there are 159 county residents currently hospitalized from the virus – a net decrease of four. There are now 15 patients in the ICU, down from 19 yesterday.

There were six COVID-related deaths to report since Jan. 7: A woman in her 30’s, a man in his 50’s, a woman in her 60’s, a man in his 70’s, and a woman and a man in their 80’s. The death toll for the county now stands at 246 since the outbreak began.

“Every death is a tragedy, and we now have six more families who are mourning the loss of one of their own,” said County Executive McCoy. “But having to report the death of a resident in their 30’s and the hospitalization of someone under the age of 25 years old today is also a sad reminder that it’s not just older residents that this virus is impacting. We know that private gatherings are the biggest driver of the spread of COVID-19, and we need everyone to accept some of the responsibility of staying home whenever possible until we get the situation under control.”

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