Albany County coronavirus update, January 22

Albany County

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — At Friday’s COVID update, County Executive Dan McCoy said there have been a total of 16,744 confirmed cases of the disease in Albany County, with 255 new positive cases since Thursday.

There were five COVID-related deaths since Thursday, bringing the county death toll up to 291 since the pandemic began. The new deaths were a woman in her 50s, two men in their 60s, a man in his 80s, and a woman in her 90s.

The five-day average for new daily positives is 213, and there are 1,753 active cases in the county. Among new positives, one traveled out of state, 18 live or work in a health care setting, 40 had close contact with other positives, and 196 did not have a clear source of infection.

There are 2,888 people under mandatory quarantine. Of the 49,567 to have completed quarantine so far, 14,991 tested positive and recovered. Since Thursday, 283 were cleared as recovered.

McCoy reported 22 new hospitalizations overnight, for a total of 168 county residents currently hospitalized from the virus. Of those, 13 patients are in the ICU.

University at Albany President Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, The College of Saint Rose President Marcia White, and Siena College President Dr. Christopher Gibson were all on hand to discuss students returning to Albany County for their spring semesters.

“COVID-19 has been a learning experience for everyone, and that goes for government, businesses and higher education alike. I want to thank Presidents White, Rodriguez and Gibson for their incredible leadership and partnership throughout the pandemic. No one has a crystal ball, and they’ve demonstrated an ability to adapt and pivot during the fall and now spring semesters, and their safety protocols have only been strengthened.  Between testing for students returning and regular tests throughout the semester, eliminating spring breaks, expanding remote learning and so many other innovations, parents can have the peace of mind they deserve in sending their kids back to school and ensure students don’t fall behind,” McCoy said.

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