ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy held a COVID-19 briefing with Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen on Friday at 10:30 a.m. They announced that they’ve gone through over 40,000 vaccines, and urged caution ahead of Easter.
“Since our last briefing, we’ve been able to administer or reallocate over 7,000 additional vaccines throughout our community, and after today’s second dose POD at the Times Union Center, our total number will break 40,000. This is a major milestone and something we can all be proud of,” said McCoy.
McCoy said there have been 22,440 confirmed COVID cases among Albany County residents, with 45 new positive cases and 59 recoveries since Thursday. The five-day average for new daily positives is 64.8, and there are 568 current active cases in the county.
As of Thursday, 38% of Albany County received at least a first dose, and 23.5% have received the full vaccine dose. The State’s first dose rate is 31%, and its full vaccination rate is 18.5%.
“And while we’re making progress on vaccinations, we need to be mindful that COVID is still a threat, especially ahead of Easter Sunday gatherings. Please celebrate only with your immediate household or small groups this year. This will allow us to keep new infections and hospitalizations under control, and ensure we’re heading into the summer months in a strong position,” McCoy continued.
Among the new cases, one traveled out of state, 15 had close contact with other positives, and 29 had no clear source of infection. Mandatory quarantines grew to 1,538. Of the 71,512 to have completed quarantine so far, 21,872 tested positive and recovered.
McCoy reported five new hospitalizations overnight, totalling 21 residents currently hospitalized from the virus. Four of those are in the ICU, and the county death toll is 366.