Albany County COVID update, March 22

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy held a COVID-19 briefing with Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen. He called for New York to make more essential workers eligible for the vaccine.

McCoy said that New York State officials should “broaden the definition of what they consider an essential employee. There are still too many people risking their health and wellbeing by going into work and keeping our economy running.”

Health officials say there have been 21,745 confirmed cases of COVID in Albany County since the outbreak began. Since Sunday, there were 50 new positive cases and 47 recoveries. The five-day average for new daily positives dropped to 68 and there are 505 active cases in the county.

Among new cases, two live or work in a health care or congregate setting, 20 had no clear source of infection, and 28 had contact with other positives. Mandatory quarantines dropped to 1,233. Of the 69,076 to have completed quarantine so far, 21,240 tested positive and recovered.

The latest data shows 32.5% of the county population has received at least one dose, and 16.4% are completely vaccinated. Statewide, the first-dose rate is 25.7%.

The county sent 425 doses of the single-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine around, including 95 doses to Colonie EMS, 95 doses to Guilderland EMS, 10 to Marra’s Pharmacy in Cohoes, 25 doses to Eddy Senior Care, and 200 doses to Eddy Visiting Nurse and Rehab Association.

“I’m happy Albany County continues to make progress on getting the vaccine delivered to homebound seniors,” McCoy said. “This will ensure those who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic have some peace of mind and they don’t have to worry about a second dose.”

With no new patients admitted to hospitals to report, there are 23 county residents hospitalized from the virus, and four are in the ICU. There were also no new COVID deaths to report. The county death toll remains 365.

“The last time we didn’t have to report a single new hospitalization in a 24-hour period was back on November 26, so this is another sign that we’re heading in the right direction,” said the Albany County Executive.

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