Albany County Coronavirus Update, Sunday, October 17



Albany County

ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – Albany County Director Dan McCoy provided the latest report on the county’s progress on vaccination and controlling the spread of the coronavirus.

Yesterday, 72.2% of all residents of Albany County received at least the first dose of the vaccine and 66.3% were fully immunized. The first-dose vaccination rate for the county’s population aged 18 and over is now 83.3%. More information on vaccination rates in the state can be found on the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker at the link here.

County Director McCoy announced that the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Albany County is now 30,246 as of today, with 60 new positive cases identified as of yesterday. The county’s five-day average of new daily positive cases is now 99.8. Please note that our overall case count will fluctuate as CommCare cases are transferred in and out of the county. Albany County’s most recent seven-day positive rate percentage average is 3.6% and the capital region average is 3.8%.

Of the new daily COVID cases identified in the county, six have had close contact with positive cases, 50 had no clear sources of infection at this time, one said he had traveled out of state, and three are health workers or residents of collective living spaces.

The health official says there are now 566 active cases in the county, up from 567 yesterday. The number of people in mandatory quarantine has increased from 1,192 to 1,179. So far, 94,760 people have completed quarantine to date. Of those who completed quarantine, 29,680 of them had tested positive and recovered – an increase of 56 more recoveries.

County Director McCoy reported that there had been no new hospitalizations since yesterday, and that there are still a total of 29 county residents currently hospitalized with the coronavirus. Seven of those hospitalized patients remain in intensive care units, up to two since yesterday. Sadly, there is one new COVID death to report – an individual in his 60s. The death toll in Albany County now stands at 417 since the outbreak began.

“While the good news is that there have been no new hospitalizations to report and the number of new positive cases reported today has dropped significantly, we have another person in their 60s who has died from the virus. My condolences to the family and friends who mourn their loss, ”County Director McCoy said. “We need to continue to vaccinate more people and I am happy to say that we had a high turnout at our clinic in Bern yesterday. We have a move scheduled and the Green Street County Health Department offers walk-in injections every day of the week. “


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