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County Executive McCoy Provides an Update on the COVID-19 Response in Albany County

Discusses Latest Coronavirus Data and Efforts to Bring Contact Tracers Online

Post Date:05/18/2020 12:11 pm

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy announced today that as of this morning, there are now 1,478 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Albany County, an increase of 23 over the last 24 hours. The five-day average of daily new positive cases is now at 18.4. Additionally, there are now 827 people under mandatory quarantine and 6 people under precautionary quarantine. To date, 3,885 individuals have completed quarantine, with 995 of them having tested positive and recovered. 

Unfortunately, an Albany County resident passed away overnight, bringing the county’s death toll to 69. With 29 people currently hospitalized, the hospitalization rate for Albany County stands at 1.96%, down slightly from 1.99% yesterday. The number of those individuals who are in Intensive Care Units (ICU) is now at five, down one since yesterday’s briefing. County Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen joined the County Executive for the daily briefing. 

“The Governor announcing the Capital Region has met six of the seven metrics for reopening is welcome news, especially now that our Reopening Action Plan is finalized. I’ve been loud and clear about the discrepancies that existed between our hospital data and I’m happy the situation has been resolved,” said County Executive McCoy. “The Governor has reassured us that the State will be bringing the required contact tracers on board, and I look forward to working with him, as well as county and municipal leaders in to make it a speedy process to bring us into Phase One of reopening safely.”

During the briefing, the County Executive highlighted the different age groups with the most infections on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard Tracker. According to the most recent data, the 50 to 59 age group continued to lead with 263 positive cases, then followed close behind by the 20 to 29 age group with 254 positive cases. To date, 17,226 county residents have been tested for the virus and 1,579 have tested positive. The percent positive results of all those who have been tested in the county has now dropped down to 9.2%. The highest number of infections continues to be in the 12203 zip code in the City of Albany.

County Executive McCoy also encouraged those who are available and able to apply to become a contact tracer through the New York State Contact Tracing Initiative. Prospective candidates will have to meet certain eligibility criteria, take an online course and pass a short test. For more information, please use this link.

The County Executive released the region’s reopening plan on Saturday, named Capital Region Forward, which was reviewed and approved by the Capital Region Control Room and he continues to urge residents to review it. By creating a uniform set of restrictions for businesses and the general public, along with a business pledge to follow the guidelines, Albany County and the Capital Region will be able to enter Phase 1 of the reopening process soon while protecting workers and customers alike. The full report can be found at the link here. 

The schedule for Albany County’s walk-up mobile testing sites this week is below, and is posted on the Albany County website. The schedule is based on demand and mobile site locations are updated weekly based on that need. All testing is by appointment only, after being screened for symptoms over the phone. To be screened, please call (518) 465-4771. 

Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Center - 920 Lark Drive, Albany

• Monday – 1:30pm – 4pm 
• Tuesday – 9am – 12pm 
• Wednesday – 1:30pm – 4pm 
• Thursday – 1:30pm – 4pm 
• Friday – 9am – 12pm

Rotating Locations & Dates for the Week of May 18
Each week the mobile sites will rotate morning & afternoon testing. The full updated schedule can be found at the Albany County website here.

• Monday, May 18, 1:30pm – 4pm
Watervliet Health Center, 1804 Second Ave, Watervliet

• Tuesday, May 19, 1:30pm – 4pm
Front of the Rensselaer County Administration Building, 1600 7th Ave, Troy

• Wednesday, May 20, 1:30 pm – 4 pm
Capital South Campus, 20 Warren St, Albany

• Thursday, May 21, 9am – 12pm
Watervliet Health Center, 1804 Second Ave, Watervliet

• Friday, May 22, 1:30pm – 4pm 
Front of Rensselaer City Hall, 62 Washington St, Rensselaer

County Executive McCoy continues to highlight the latest testing site in Albany County at Priority 1 Urgent Care that is now also providing antibody testing, located in Hamilton Square at 2080 Western Avenue in Guilderland. The partnership was made possible by Albany County supplying the facility with critical personal protective equipment for the staff and supplemental test kits. Testing will be reimbursed by an individual’s health insurance, and will be done by appointments only after patients come in to be screened for expanded CDC symptoms. Priority 1 is also now doing antibody testing. To schedule an appointment, you can call (518) 867-8040.

County Executive McCoy also encouraged those who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms to register for the drive-thru community testing site at Rite Aid, 1863 Central Avenue in Colonie. Testing is free for those who are eligible based on CDC guidelines and are at least 18 years old. It’s available between 9am and 5pm, seven days a week by appointment only. Registration is now available at www.riteaid.com. Tests will be conducted from within an individual’s car with self-swab nasal tests and with the help of a pharmacist.

For those experiencing stress, anxiety or depression while confined to their homes for extended periods of time, the Albany County COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line is available seven days a week from 8am to 8pm at (518) 269-6634. Anyone experiencing a psychiatric emergency should still call the Albany County Mobile Crisis Team at (518) 549–6500. The 24-hour sexual assault hotline number is (518) 447-7716.

The County Executive continues to offer online videos on coping, crafts and reading, AAU karate, exercise, proper use of personal protective equipment and more on the Albany County official website at the following link: COVID-19 Resources & Videos Link

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