Albany County COVID update, March 15

Albany County

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Albany County health officials report 21,336 confirmed COVID cases among residents since the pandemic began, an increase of 57 new positive cases since Sunday. Sixty-five individuals have also been listed as recovered since Sunday. The five-day average for new daily positives is 52.4, and there are 498 active cases in the county.

Among the new cases, four live or work in a health care or congregate setting, 22 had contact with other positives, and 31 had no clear source of infection. The number of mandatory quarantines dropped to 1,191. Of the 67,430 people to have completed quarantine so far, 20,838 tested positive and recovered.

There are no new COVID deaths to report overnight, and the death toll for Albany County remains 365. With four new hospitalizations overnight, 29 residents are currently hospitalized from the virus. Of those, 4 are in the ICU.

“I’m proud of the progress we continue to make on the vaccination front. So far, Albany County has been able to administer, distribute and reallocate nearly 16,600 first doses and more than 4,200 second doses. This has contributed to the county’s nearly 28% first dose vaccination rate. We’ll be able to grow that number with the 500 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine heading our way that will help us vaccinate homebound seniors,” said Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy.

Natasha Pernicka from the Food Pantries for the Capital District joined McCoy for Monday’s COVID briefing to discuss the ongoing issue of food insecurity during the pandemic, especially within an economy weakened by shutdowns.

“The worst of the pandemic is over and the economy is slowly but surely being reopened, but the Food Pantries have been and will continue to be an important partner for tackling food insecurity. This organization helped tens of thousands of county residents over the last year, and our lower-income residents unfortunately will likely feel the effects of the weakened economy for years into the future. That’s why we need to get nonprofit workers and volunteers vaccinated, and I encourage anyone who’s able to donate or volunteer themselves,” McCoy said.

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