Albany County COVID update, April 23

Albany County

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Officials report that there have been 23,618 cases of COVID among Albany County residents since the outbreak began. Since Thursday, there were 41 new positive cases diagnosed, along with 56 recoveries.

There are 483 current active cases, and the five-day average for new daily positives dropped to 52.8. The county’s seven-day percent positive rate is 2.9%., and the Capital Region’s is now 2.1%.

According to Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, 50.4% of the county received at least a first vaccine dose as of Thursday. McCoy said 36.3% are considered fully vaccinated, compared to the statewide first dose rate of 43%, with full vaccinations at 29.7%.

“Despite making more than 1,200 first doses of the Pfizer vaccine available for our Times Union Center POD yesterday, unfortunately, we were only able to get 319 residents to fill the appointments, including 56 walk-ins. It’s clear we’re hitting a wall, which is why we’re shifting our resources to more community based pop-up clinics, and we’re also launching a new Instagram challenge, ‘#IGotMine,’ encouraging our younger adults to get the shot and spread the message of why they got it by posting it with the hashtag,” said County Executive McCoy.

The newly launched Instagram vaccine challenge launch video is available online:

Among new COVID cases, one lives or works in a health care or congregate setting, 10 had no clear source of infection, and 30 had close contact with positive cases. Mandatory quarantine decreased to 1,159. Of the 75,840 to have completed quarantine so far, 23,135 tested positive and recovered.

McCoy reported three new hospitalizations overnight, totaling 20 county residents hospitalized from the virus. Five of those patients are in the ICU. With no new COVID deaths to report, the county death toll is 374.

In honor of Earth Week, McCoy also announced the winner of the county’s Reusable Bag Design Contest for third through fifth grade students.

“Protecting our natural resources can’t be reserved for a single day or week. However, this was an important opportunity to raise awareness for the need to convert to reusable shopping bags, while also sparking interest in these values in the younger generation who will soon be responsible for taking on the work of environmental protection. There were so many great submissions, but Kylie McGuiness is our winner with her design and slogan, ‘Love, Protect and Reuse.’ Congratulations!” McCoy said.

Kylie’s winning design and slogan will be printed on thousands of reusable bags distributed throughout the community. Kylie and her third grade class at A.W. Becker Elementary will also get a pizza party!

McCoy also and unveiled the county’s first-ever fully electric mower.

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