ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Albany County Executive Dan McCoy held his daily COVID-19 update. He was joined by Albany County Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen.
McCoy was also joined by Deb Riitano, Commissioner of the Albany County Department for Aging to announce a pilot program to re-open congregate meal sites.
McCoy provided an update on the county’s efforts to combat the coronavirus. To date 56.1% of Albany County’s population has received at least the first dose, and 46.8% has been fully vaccinated.
There were 13 new cases announced Monday bringing the total number of cases in the county since the pandemic began to 24,035. There are 179 active cases of the virus in the county.
Among the new cases of Coronavirus, nine had close contact with positive cases, four did not have clear sources of infection at this time, and none are healthcare workers or residents of congregate living settings.
There was 34 recoveries reported since Sunday bringing the total to date to 23,856. There have been 377 deaths reported since the pandemic began.
The County Executive reported that there was one new hospitalization overnight, and there remain 21 county residents hospitalized from the virus. There are currently eight patients in ICU.
The Watervliet congregate meal site at 1501 Broadway will reopen at 75% capacity to start, along with the other sites when they come back online in the future. A staggered schedule will be used for more sites to reopen: Some will open May 17, then more on June 1, and then another on September 1.