ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy and Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen gave the latest update on the COVID-19 response. They reported new records for numbers of single-day positive cases of residents hospitalized for the seventh day in a row.
“To help get this situation under control, we’re looking at expanding our testing capabilities here in Albany County, and I’m excited to announce that we’ll have a testing site at the Watervliet Dome starting next Wednesday,” McCoy said. “This will ensure people can get tested indoors, while having enough room to socially distance themselves.”
In Friday’s briefing, McCoy announced that the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Albany County is 6,333 since the outbreak began, with 185 new positive cases since Thursday. There are 992 current active cases compared to Thursday’s 910.
“We continue to move in the wrong direction when you look at the data. This is now the seventh consecutive day we’ve broke a new record for the number of people in the hospital because of the virus, and we’ve tied our record of 16 people in the ICU, which happened on April 13,” said McCoy. “We’re now averaging 12 new hospitalizations per day this month. As we see the average number of new positive cases tick up, we are likely to see even more hospitalizations that are putting added strain on our healthcare system.”
There was a new death in the county overnight: A woman in her 70s who did not live in a congregate health care setting. Albany County’s death toll is now 167.
Among the new positives, 19 had close contact with positive cases, 29 live or work in a health care setting, and 137 did not communicate a clear source of infection to the health department. The five-day average for new daily positives is 150.6.
There are 2,218 people under mandatory quarantine. Of the 24,955 who’ve completed quarantine so far, 5,341 of them had tested positive and recovered.
With 13 new hospitalizations overnight, there are 96 county residents currently hospitalized from the virus. The hospitalization rate is 1.51%, and there are 16 patients in the ICU.
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