ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Albany County Executive Dan McCoy held the last COVID briefing Wednesday to report on the county’s progress on administering and distributing vaccines and controlling the spread of the coronavirus.
As of Tuesday, is reported that 63.8% of Albany County’s population has received at least the first dose, and 58.1% has been fully vaccinated. The first dose vaccination rate for the county’s 18+ population is now up to 74.5%. More information on vaccination rates can be found at the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker at the link here. Albany County has now administered or reallocated a total of 70,000 first and second doses of the vaccine.
County Executive McCoy announced that the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Albany County has now climbed to 24,386 to date, an increase of two new positive cases since Tuesday. The five-day average for new daily positives decreased from 3.2 to 2.8. Albany County’s most recent seven-day average of percent positive rates remains at 0.3%, and the Capital Region’s rate is still 0.3%.
Among the new cases of COVID in the county, both reportedly did not have a clear source of infection at this time, and none are healthcare workers or residents of congregate living settings. There are now 16 active cases in the county, down from 21 Tuesday.
Health officials say the number of people under mandatory quarantine decreased to 35 from 47. So far, 79,930 people have completed quarantine. Of those who completed quarantine, 24,370 of them had tested positive and recovered. That is an increase of six recoveries since Tuesday.
The County Executive reported that there were no new hospitalizations overnight, and five county residents still remain hospitalized from the virus. There are still two patients currently in ICU’s, unchanged from Tuesday. There were no new COVID deaths reported, and the death toll for Albany County still stands at 385 since the outbreak began.
“It’s been a long 66 weeks, and it’s important to remember the 385 county residents we’ve lost to this horrible disease along the way. While COVID isn’t done with us yet, we should all be proud of how we’ve beaten it back up to this point. The Capital Region was the first New York region to hit the 50% first dose vaccination rate, and we still have the second highest rate behind Long Island,” said County Executive McCoy.
“It truly takes a village to respond to a pandemic, and there are so many people to thank who played their part in our fight, including my executive staff, the Albany County Legislature, healthcare workers everywhere, the entire county workforce, including the staff at the Albany County Department of Health, and our dedicated workers at Shaker Place who cared for our most vulnerable. With New York now officially at the 70% first dose vaccination rate for adults and considering how much progress we’ve made, today will be the last COVID briefing I’ll be holding,” he continued.