ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy reported Monday on the county’s progress on administering and distributing COVID vaccines and controlling the spread of the coronavirus.
As of Sunday, its reported that 63.6% of Albany County’s population has received at least the first dose, and 57.5% has been fully vaccinated. The first dose vaccination rate for the county’s 18+ population is now up to 74.3%. More information on vaccination rates can be found at the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker at the link here.
County Executive McCoy announced that the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Albany County has now climbed to 24,382 to date, an increase of 2 new positive cases since Sunday. The five-day average for new daily positives decreased from 4 to 3. Albany County’s most recent seven-day average of percent positive rates is 0.3%, and the Capital Region’s rate is now down to 0.3%.
Among the new cases of COVID in the county, bothreportedly had close contact to positive cases. There are now 24 active cases in the county, down from 29 Sunday. The number of people under mandatory quarantine decreased to 50 from 61. So far, 79,903 people have completed quarantine. Of those who completed quarantine, 24,358 of them had tested positive and recovered. That is an increase of 6 recoveries since Sunday.
The County Executive reported that there was one new hospitalization overnight, and three county residents still remain hospitalized from the virus. There are now two patients currently in ICU’s, up from one yesterday. There were no new COVID deaths reported and the death toll for Albany County stands at 384 since the outbreak began.
For the briefing, County Executive McCoy was joined by Albany County Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Center President & CEO David Shippee to announce that Albany County had received the 2021 Gold Innovative Practice Award from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) for the county’s mobile COVID-19 testing program.
“Sadly, Albany County wasn’t spared from the disproportionate impact COVID has had on minority communities across the nation. This situation could have been worse, but we saw the writing on the wall early on, and I was proud that we were the first county in New York to launch a mobile COVID testing program that brought desperately needed resources directly to our underserved neighborhoods,” said County Executive McCoy. “Albany County being one of only eight to receive this award for innovation is a recognition of the hard work of our county workforce, our commitment to equity and a successful partnership with Whitney Young Health Center.”
“We are proud that our partnership with the Albany County Department of Health brought mobile COVID-19 testing to medically underserved residents in our community”, said David Shippee, President & CEO of Whitney Young Health. “The ability to reach patients who couldn’t access traditional testing sites was an important step in responding to an unprecedented health pandemic.”
During the briefing, County Executive McCoy also reported on Albany County’s concerning trend of opioid overdose deaths in 2021. There have already reportedly been 37 confirmed opioid overdose deaths in Albany County through the end of May, with an additional 13 suspected cases still awaiting final toxicology reports.
County officials say that could mean a total of 50 opioid deaths in the first five months. In 2020, an especially deadly year because of the pandemic and economic shutdown, there was a total of 99 reported opioid overdose deaths, which was up from 62 in 2019 and a total of 50 in 2017.