Albany County coronavirus update, February 18

Albany County

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Albany County Executive Dan P. McCoy and Health Department Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen confirmed in Thursday’s COVID briefing that there have been 19,784 cases of COVID among Albany County residents. Since Wednesday, 66 new positive cases were diagnosed.

“The virus has already taken too many lives, especially those with underlying health conditions, and I made it a point to advocate for those individuals to be eligible. Even though, as a member of the National Guard, I have been eligible to get the shot for months, I wanted our most vulnerable and more of our essential workforce to be able to get theirs first. Now that they are, I have rolled up my sleeve to do my part in the war against COVID-19, and I’ve gotten my first dose earlier this week,” McCoy said about the vaccine. “I know there are those who still have concerns about getting the vaccine. But I join health experts to say that it’s safe and it’s effective, and we need more people to be willing to get vaccinated in order for us to stop the spread of the virus, to protect our community, to prevent more mutations, and to return to some sense of normalcy,” he continued.

Since Thursday, 96 individuals were listed as recovered. The five-day average for new daily positives is 63.6, and there are 591 active cases in the county.

Among new cases of COVID-19, five live or work in health care or congregate settings, 18 had contact with other positives, and 43 had no clear source of infection. Mandatory quarantines grew to 1,655. Of the 61,414 to have completed quarantine so far, 19,193 tested positive and recovered.

There were six new hospitalizations overnight, and 58 county residents are currently hospitalized from the virus. There are currently 11 patients in ICUs. The death toll for Albany County is 345.

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