ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Officials say there have been 23,839 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among Albany County residents since the outbreak began, with 29 new positives since Thursday. County Executive Dan McCoy says there were also 59 recoveries since Thursday.
The five-day average for new daily positives is 32, and there are now 316 active cases in the county. The county’s most recent seven-day average of percent positive is 1.7%, compared to the Capital Region’s 1.6% average.
McCoy reported that, as of Thursday, 53.2% of the county population has gotten at least a first vaccination dose. He said that 40% of the county is considered fully vaccinated. Statewide, the first dose vaccination rate is 45.6%, with a full vaccination rate of 33.4%.
“We continue to struggle to fill our vaccine clinics at the Times Union Center, despite opening it up to walk-ins and stepping up our outreach efforts. Unfortunately, we were only able to provide 264 first doses [on Thursday], including 16 for those without appointments,” McCoy said County Executive McCoy.
Kathy Leyden, CDPHP Vice President for Community Engagement, joined McCoy and Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen for the briefing. They unveiled a new CDPHP mobile vaccination van to distribute vaccines. Staff from Albany County and CDPHP will conduct outreach and operate pop-up clinics throughout the Capital Region.
“I’m proud of this latest initiative we’re announcing with a trusted healthcare provider like CDPHP. We will be able to bring the vaccine directly to underserved communities across the county and the region, and have health experts on hand who can educate anyone who may be hesitant to get the shot. In fact, we’ve already started at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Albany today,” McCoy said.
Among new COVID cases, one lives or works in a health care or congregate setting, 11 had no clear source of infection, and 17 had contact with other positives. Mandatory quarantines increased to 747. Of the 77,033 people to have completed quarantine so far, 23,523 tested positive and recovered.
McCoy reported three new hospitalizations overnight, totaling 24 county residents currently hospitalized from COVID. There are six patients in the ICU. With no new deaths to report, the Albany County death toll is 375.