ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — At Wednesday’s briefing, County Executive Daniel P. McCoy said that there have been 10,998 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Albany County since the pandemic began. Since Tuesday, 240 new positives were identified.
McCoy also reported two new COVID-related deaths: Two men, both in their 50s. “With these latest two COVID deaths that I had to report today, we’ve now already seen 50 Albany County residents lose their lives this month. That surpasses the 49 deaths from April and is just behind the 55 in May, which was the most devastating month yet. This comes at a time when we’ve hit another new record for hospitalizations for the third consecutive day. The situation we’re facing is unfortunately growingly increasingly grim,” said McCoy.
Along with five newly reported deaths from the St. Joseph Carondelet community, the county death toll is now 210. “And between the effects of local holiday gatherings and a record number of Americans traveling through our airports last weekend—reaching nearly 1.3 million—it’s no wonder public health experts are predicting January to be even worse than December,” McCoy continued.
The five-day average for new daily positives is 197.4, and there are 1,547 active cases in the county. Among the new positives, 25 had close contact with positive cases, 208 did not have a clear source of infection at this time, and six are healthcare workers or residents of congregate settings.
There are 3,126 under mandatory quarantine. Of the 36,218 to have completed quarantine so far, 9,451 of them tested positive and recovered. Since Tuesday, 199 individuals were cleared as recovered.
Seventeen new hospitalizations were reported overnight. There are 127 residents currently hospitalized , and 21 of them are in the ICU.