ALBANY COUNTY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Albany County Executive Dan McCoy held a briefing Monday on the county’s efforts to administer the COVID vaccine and control the spread of the Coronavirus. According to the latest data, as of Sunday, 40.2% of Albany County’s population has received at least their first dose, and 26.4% has been completely vaccinated. That compares to the statewide first dose vaccination rate of 33%, and full vaccination rate of 20.4%. Starting Tuesday, vaccine eligibility will be expanded to anyone who is at least 16 years old.
The County Executive announced that the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Albany County has now climbed to 22,624 to date, an increase of 71 new positive cases since Sunday. The five-day average for new daily positives has decreased to 65.4 from 66.2.
Among the new cases of Coronavirus, 23 reportedly had close contact with positive cases, 47 did not have clear sources of infection at this time, and one is a healthcare worker or resident of a congregate setting.
Health officials say there are now 596 active cases in the county, up from 591 Sunday. The number of people under mandatory quarantine decreased to 1,395 from 1,443. So far, 72,248 people have completed quarantine. Of those who completed quarantine, 22,028 of them had tested positive and recovered. That is an increase of 67 recoveries since Sunday.
County Executive McCoy reported that there were three new hospitalizations overnight and there are now 24 county residents hospitalized from the virus – a net increase of one. There remain five patients currently in ICU’s, unchanged from Sunday. There were no new COVID-related deaths reported, and the death toll for Albany County stands at 366 since the outbreak began.
For the briefing, the County Executive was joined by County Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen, along with Jammella Anderson, founder of the Free Food Fridge Albany, who he honored as the next Albany County Executive’s Citizen of the Month.
“The pandemic and economic fallout has devastated countless families across the country, and our minority communities have felt the worst of it. And while we’ve seen so much hardship over the last year or more, we also saw some of the best in our people. Jammella Anderson is one of those people, who stepped up to help us tackle hunger and food insecurity, one free fridge at a time and earned her spot on the cover of TIME Magazine,” said County Executive McCoy.
“Jammella established the Free Food Fridge Albany in the middle of this public health and economic crisis, with refrigerators across the Capital Region that offer those most in need with an anonymous source of nutrition. She serves as a role model for others and her community, and I can’t think of a better person to honor as our next Citizen of the Month,” he continued.