Albany County coronavirus update, May 7

Albany County

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Albany County Executive Dan McCoy held a COVID briefing Friday morning.

He was joined by County Health Commissioner Dr. Whalen, along with County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center Director Karen Ziegler to announce a new program to protect children from sexual abuse.

McCoy gave an update on the county’s progress fighting coronavirus. To date, 55.3% of the county’s population has received at least their first does of the vaccine. The county has 44.4% of residents full vaccinated. Albany County has now administered or reallocated 60,991 first and second doses of the COVID vaccine.

McCoy also announced 23 new cases of COVID since Thursday bringing the total number of cases to 23,973 since the pandemic began. Albany County’s most recent seven-day average of percent positive rates is down to 1.2%, and the Capital Region’s rate is now at 1.3%.

Among the new cases of coronavirus, four had close contact with positive cases, 17 did not have clear sources of infection at this time, and two are healthcare workers or residents of congregate living settings. There are 209 active cases in the county as of Friday.

The county noting 23 additional recoveries Friday bringing the total to 23,764. It was reported that there were two new hospitalizations overnight, and there are now 26 county residents hospitalized from the virus.

The County Executive announced a new collaboration between the Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center (CVSVC) and the Albany County Department of Recreation called “Athletes are Children First.” CVSVC Director Karen Ziegler says the program will educate staff, children and youth on sexual abuse and ways to report and prevent it.

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