Albany County COVID-19 update: February 22

Albany County

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – County Executive Daniel McCoy held a COVID-19 press briefing on Monday, February 22 at 10:30 a.m. He was joined by Albany County Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen.

Dr. Whalen delivered the “happy news” that 2,900 doses of the vaccine that were delayed by winter weather arrived in the county Monday morning. Their second-dose clinic that was supposed to be last week has been rescheduled for this Wednesday at the Times Union Center.

“We will be sending out information for those that were due that second dose of vaccine via email,” Dr. Whalen said, “people will be getting robocalls, and will be posting it on our website.”

Two other clinics, one for first doses and another for second doses, will be held Thursday at the Times Union Center. Albany County is focused on vaccinating those in the 1b eligibility group and people with comorbidities.

“[For] the first dose [clinic], we anticipate that we will release the link to sign up tomorrow at 5:00, as we have done in previous weeks,” Dr. Whalen explained.

The weather delay is still holding up over 1,000 doses for the county, though.

“We are still looking to get the 1,300 doses that we were scheduled to get last week, and we received information over the weekend that we could anticipate those late this week,” Dr. Whalen said.

Once those 1,300 get here, the county will look to schedule another POD.

County Executive McCoy reported the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Albany County has now climbed to 20,048 to date, an increase of 58 new positive cases. No new deaths were reported and the death toll for Albany County still stands at 345 since the outbreak began. Sixty-two people are currently hospitalized with the virus. Eight people are in the ICU. The five-day average for new daily positives has increased slightly to 71 from 70.6.

The County Executive reported that among the new cases of COVID-19, 14 had close contact with positive cases, 40 did not have clear sources of infection at this time, and four are healthcare workers or residents of congregate settings.

Health official say there are now 569 active cases in the county, down from 592 Sunday. The number of people under mandatory quarantine decreased dramatically to 1,519 from 1,644. So far, 62,496 people have completed quarantine. Of those who completed quarantine, 19,479 of them had tested positive and recovered. That is an increase of 58 recoveries since Sunday.

“Those who are looking to get a shot at the Washington Avenue Armory should utilize our pre-registration tool to get their name on the list if they are eligible. As we continue to get our residents vaccinated and with our 7-day average for percent positive rates dropping down to 1.6%, I’m happy to see more businesses getting the green light from the state to reopen soon, as well as allowing for visitation to resume at nursing homes,” said Albany County Executive McCoy.

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