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

Announces No New Daily Positive Cases for First Time & No New Deaths in One Week

Post Date:06/23/2020 1:07 pm

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy announced today that as of this morning, there have been 1,864 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Albany County to date, remaining the same since yesterday. Additionally, there are now 147 people under mandatory quarantine and still no one currently under precautionary quarantine. The five-day average for new daily positive cases is now 4.6. There are currently 25 active cases of COVID-19. So far, 5,630 individuals have completed quarantine, with 1,839 of them having tested positive and recovered. That brings the recovery rate to 98.6%. 

There have been no new COVID-19 related deaths reported since last Tuesday, keeping Albany County’s total at 120 since the outbreak began. There are currently 8 individuals hospitalized, up from 7 yesterday. The hospitalization rate is now 0.42%, which is up slightly from 0.37% yesterday. There is one person in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The County Executive was joined by County Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen to discuss some of the additional data from the County COVID-19 Dashboard Tracker and the New York State Department of Health COVID-19 Tracker.

“One of the hardest things I’ve had to do during this crisis is to announce that we’ve lost another county resident to the virus, knowing that loved ones cannot properly say good bye,” said County Executive McCoy. “Today, I’m proud to report that not only have we not had a COVID-related death in over a week, for the first time since the outbreak began here on March 12, we didn’t have a single new positive case. This, along with a percent positive down to 4.8%, leaves me hopeful as we get closer to Phase 4 on July 1 and getting even more people back to work.”

As of June 21, there were 42,772 people tested in Albany County, with 2,060 of them having tested positive for COVID-19. That’s an additional 5,900 people tested in just over a week. The percent positive has dropped down to 4.8% from 5.5% on June 13. Those in the 20 to 29 age bracket continue to lead all others in terms of total positive cases of COVID-19 with 326. They are followed by 50 to 59 year-olds who have a total of 311 positive cases in the age group. 

County Executive McCoy also took time to discuss some of the recently released guidelines for the reopening in Phase 4, which includes higher education, entertainment, recreation and arts. Colleges and technical schools will have to develop and submit their reopening plans to be reviewed. For SUNY and CUNY schools, they will submit theirs to the Chancellor’s Office, but private college and universities will have to submit their plan to the New York State Department of Health. Plans will include reopening of campuses, monitoring health conditions, containing potential transmission of the virus, and a shutdown strategy in case of a serious outbreak. Institutions of higher education will also have to address class sizes, utilizing a combination of in-person classes and virtual lessons. You can find the full guidelines for higher education here.

To date, the partnership with Whitney Young, Jr. Health Center has carried out 2,145 tests throughout the Capital Region. This week’s schedule for COVID-19 testing can be found below. 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

• Wednesday – 8:30am – 10:30am 
• Friday – 8:30am – 10:30am 

Rotating Locations & Dates for the Week of June 22
The full updated schedule can be found at the Albany County website here.

• Thursday, June 25, 9am – 1pm 
Times Union Center, 51 South Pearl Street, Albany 

County Executive McCoy continues to highlight the testing site in Albany County at Priority 1 Urgent Care, which 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 encourages 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.

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