Albany County COVID update, April 16

Albany County

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Officials say there have been 23,223 confirmed cases of COVID among Albany County residents since the outbreak began. Since Thursday, 68 new positive cases were reported, along with 53 recoveries.

“While we continue to make progress in getting Albany County vaccinated,” said Albany County Executive Dan McCoy during Friday’s briefing, “we’re seeing our numbers begin to slow down. It’s critical we constantly look for new ways to make it easier to get vaccinated, and part of that will be making it easier to get authorization to vaccinate. I’m calling on the State to loosen the restrictions on this process so every doctor and every doctor’s office that wants to be certified, can do so quickly and easily.”

The five-day average for new daily positives is 52.6, and there are 482 active cases in the county. The most recent 7-day average of positive rates is 2.4%, compared to the Capital Region’s 2.2%.

As of Thursday, 47.3% of Albany County received at least a first vaccination dose, with 33.3% considered fully vaccinated. For comparison, the statewide first dose rate is 39.6%, and the full vaccination rate is 26.4%.

Among new cases, one traveled out of state, one lives or works in a health care of congregate setting, 21 reported contact with other positives, and 45 had no clear source of infection. Those under mandatory quarantine grew to 907. Of the 74,666 people to have completed quarantine so far, 22,741 tested positive and recovered.

There were three new hospitalizations overnight, and 29 Albany County residents are hospitalized from the virus. Six of those patients are in the ICU. With no new deaths to report, the county death toll remains 369.\

McCoy and Health Department Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen also honored outgoing Director of the New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services, William J. Leahy. McCoy says Leahy fought for historic changes in state funding for adequate public defense in Albany County.

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