ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy and Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen held a briefing on COVID numbers. They recognized National Public Health Week and honored health care workers.
The officials say there have been 22,780 confirmed cases of COVID among Albany County residents, with 65 new positives since Wednesday. In that same period, there were also 74 recoveries. The five-day average for new daily positives is 58.8, and Albany County’s most recent 7-day average positivity rate is 2.2%. There are 511 current active cases in the county.
On vaccinations, McCoy reported that 41.8% of the local population have received a first vaccine dose, and that 28% are considered fully vaccinated. The state numbers are lower, with first-doses at 34.4%, and full vaccinations at 21.7%.
McCoy also warned about rising infections being concentrated among teens and 20-somethings: “Looking at the COVID data from over the last two months, you quickly realize that new infections are concentrated in teenagers and 20-year-olds. Between February 12 and April 6, new positive cases among those between the ages of 10 and 19 and those in their 20’s, each rose by at least 23%. For 20-year-olds, that’s an additional 993 new infections over that time period, and 153 new positives in just the last eight days,” he said.
“This really highlights how important it was to expand vaccine eligibility to all adults and the need for us to get these age groups, including our college students, vaccinated. Even though they likely won’t get very sick or be hospitalized, they’re still getting infected and spreading the virus, which is only prolonging the pandemic,” McCoy continued.
Among new cases, three traveled out of state, three live or work in a health care or congregate setting, 15 had close contact with other positives, and 44 had no clear source of infection. Mandatory quarantines grew to 1,248. Of the 72.889 to have completed quarantine so far, 22.269 tested positive and recovered.
With five new hospitalizations overnight, there are 26 county residents hospitalized from the virus. Seven of them are in the ICU. With no new deaths to report, Albany County’s death toll remains 366.
During the briefing, McCoy and Whalen also took time to honor the sacrifices of health care workers, who have been indispensable in the county’s fight against COVID. They created a YouTube video to give thanks: