ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — According to Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy, there have been 7,452 positive COVID tests among residents since the outbreak began, with 177 new positives since Thursday. He also reported three new COVID-related deaths overnight—two men and one woman in their 90s—bringing the county death toll to 175.
“Any day we have to announce new deaths caused by the virus is a difficult one, and my thoughts and prayers are with the families. However, today’s update wasn’t all bad news,” McCoy said.
There are 1,505 active cases. Among new positives, 15 live or work in a health care setting, 21 had close contact with other positives, and 141 did not report a clear source of infection to the department of health. The five-day average for new daily positives is 176.8.
There are 2,546 people under mandatory quarantine. Of the 27,399 to have completed the quarantine process so far, 5,947 tested positive and recovered.
There were 10 new hospitalizations overnight, and 15 patients are in the ICU.
“The number of residents currently hospitalized from COVID has dropped to 80 – down from 98 yesterday and the lowest it’s been since before December 2,” McCoy said. “Additionally, last night the FDA’s vaccine advisory committee recommended the emergency use of the vaccine, and I’m happy to report that we will begin distribution of the vaccine to our residents and staff at Shaker Place beginning December 21.”
McCoy explained that vaccine distribution will happen in three separate visits from Walgreens health care workers to the county-owned facility. First on December 21, then a second dose for the same group three weeks later. A second group will get their first dose on the same day. Residents and staff will likely get final doses in the first week of February.
McCoy encourages residents to send e-cards and well wishes to residents of Shaker Place, because holiday visitations have been suspended for residents.
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