Albany County COVID update, April 19

Albany County

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Albany County Executive Dan McCoy held a briefing Monday to report on the county’s efforts to administer the COVID vaccine and control the spread of the coronavirus.

As of Sunday, it was reported that 48.9% of Albany County’s population has received at least the first dose, and 34.7% has been fully vaccinated. That compares to the statewide first dose vaccination rate of 41.4%, and full vaccination rate of 28.1%. Albany County has now administered or reallocated 52,151 first and second doses of the vaccine to date.

The County Executive announced that the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Albany County has now climbed to 23,407 to date, an increase of 42 new positive cases since Sunday. The five-day average for new daily positives has increased to 64.8 from 64.6. Albany County’s most recent 7-day average of percent positive rates is now up to 2.9%, and the Capital Region’s is now at 2.3%.

Among the new cases of Coronavirus, 13 reportedly had close contact with positive cases, 26 did not have clear sources of infection at this time, three reported traveling out of state, and none are healthcare workers or residents of a congregate living setting.

Health officials say there are now 531 active cases in the county, down from 550 Sunday. The number of people under mandatory quarantine decreased to 1,029 from 1,048. So far, 75,161 people have completed quarantine. Of those who completed quarantine, 22,876 of them had tested positive and recovered. That is an increase of 62 recoveries since Sunday.

County Executive McCoy announced that there were three new hospitalizations overnight and 30 county residents are now hospitalized from the virus – a net increase of one. There are currently nine patients in ICU’s, up from seven Sunday. Sadly, there was one new COVID-related death reported – a woman in her 40’s. The death toll for Albany County now stands at 372 since the outbreak began.

For the briefing, the County Executive was joined by County Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen and Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus to discuss coordinated efforts on the COVID-19 response and encourage those who are eligible to get vaccinated.

“Sadly, Albany County has lost yet another resident to COVID-19, the third death in only two days. This alarming uptick, along with an increase in the number of people being hospitalized, needs to be our motivation to get more people vaccinated and to continue following the health guidelines until we reach herd immunity,” said County Executive McCoy. “Having received another allotment of over 3,500 Pfizer doses, our next vaccination clinic at the Times Union Center will be this Thursday. I’m hopeful we can get these appointments filled with anyone who is eligible, especially our teenagers and those in their 20’s who are largely driving our new infection numbers.”

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