Albany County COVID update, May 3

Albany County

ALBANY COUNTY, 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 54.2% of Albany County’s population has received at least the first dose, and 41.5% has been fully vaccinated. That compares to the statewide first dose vaccination rate of 46.5%, and full vaccination rate of 34.9%.

County Executive McCoy announced that the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Albany County has now climbed to 23,891 to date, an increase of 13 new positive cases since Sunday. The five-day average for new daily positives decreased to 27.2 from 29.2. Albany County’s most recent seven-day average of percent positive rates is still at 1.6%, and the Capital Region remains at 1.5%.

Among the new cases of coronavirus, eight reportedly had close contact with positive cases, five did not have clear sources of infection at this time, and none are healthcare workers or residents of congregate living settings.

Health officials say there are now 262 active cases in the county, down from 282 Sunday. The number of people under mandatory quarantine decreased to 620 from 658. So far, 77,478 people have completed quarantine. Of those who completed quarantine, 23,629 of them had tested positive and recovered. That is an increase of 25 recoveries since Sunday.

The County Executive reported that there was one new hospitalization overnight, and there are 22 county residents hospitalized from the virus – a net increase of one. There are currently six patients in ICU’s, unchanged from Sunday. There were no new COVID-related deaths reported, and the death toll for Albany County still stands at 375 since the outbreak began.

For the briefing, the County Executive was joined by City School District of Albany Superintendent Kaweeda Adams and Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District Superintendent Dr. Brian Bailey to report on their progress in stopping the spread of COVID and getting faculty and students vaccinated.

“I’ve been proud to have Albany County partner with these two school districts to get students and staff vaccinated, especially since we know certain parts of the City of Albany and the Town of Coeymans have some of the lowest vaccination rates in the entire county. The faster we can get more students vaccinated, the faster we can get all students back into classrooms where they belong,” said County Executive McCoy.

“We’re constantly looking for new ways to make it as easy as possible for residents to get vaccinated, and today I’m happy to announce that our walk-in vaccination clinics at the County Department of Health have been expanded through the rest of the week. If we get enough interest from the community, we will look to continue them even further into the future,” he continued.

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