ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy today provided the latest update on the county’s progress on vaccinations and controlling the spread of COVID.

“This is one of the most concerning updates I’ve provided in a long time. The daily average of new COVID infections continues to increase and has now trended above 200; the number of residents currently in the hospital with the virus is now the highest it’s been since February 17; and sadly, individuals continue to succumb to COVID complications,” said County Executive McCoy.

As of Thursday, May 5, 81.8% of all Albany County residents have received at least the first dose of the vaccine and 74.3% have now completed their original vaccination series. Among the eligible population, 72.2% have now received the booster shot.  More information on vaccination rates around the state can be found at the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker.

County Executive McCoy announced that the total number of confirmed cases of COVID in Albany County has now reached 68,007 to date, with 265 new infections identified since Thursday, May 5, and 765 new infections since the last update on Tuesday, May 3. The county’s seven-day average of new daily positive cases is now up to 211 from 196.1. Please note that our overall case count will fluctuate as CommCare records are transferred in and out of the county.

Albany County’s most recent seven-day average of COVID cases per 100,000 is now up to 49.1 (with an average percent positive rate of 9.5%), and the Capital Region’s average of cases per 100,000 is now up to 51.8 (with an average percent positive rate of 10.7%). The latest data and trends can be found at the state tracker.

County Executive McCoy reported that there were 14 new COVID hospitalizations since Thursday, May 5 and 35 new hospitalizations overall since Tuesday’s update. There are now 52 county residents currently hospitalized with the Coronavirus – a net increase of 18 over the last three days. Of those hospital patients, there are now four currently in an ICU, up from one. Unfortunately, there is one new COVID death to report since the last update – a woman in her 60’s. The death toll for Albany County now stands at 552 since the outbreak began.

“I continue to encourage everyone to get vaccinated and get the booster shot if they haven’t yet, as this is the best protection from serious illness if the virus is contracted. We also need people to continue getting tested and reporting at-home COVID tests to the County Health Department so we can get a better understanding of the level of community spread,” he continued.