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

Post Date:06/24/2020 10:01 am

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy announced today that as of this morning, there have been 1,865 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Albany County to date, an increase of one since yesterday. Additionally, there are now 149 people under mandatory quarantine and still no one currently under precautionary quarantine. The five-day average for new daily positive cases is now 3.6. There are currently 24 active cases of COVID-19. So far, 5,637 individuals have completed quarantine, with 1,841 of them having tested positive and recovered.  

There are currently 6 individuals hospitalized, down from 8 yesterday. The hospitalization rate is now 0.32%, which is down from 0.42% yesterday. There is one person in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

“Sadly, I have to report today the passing of a woman in her 70’s with underlying health conditions. While she is the first COVID-related death since June 15, it pains me all the same. My thoughts, prayers and condolences are with her family while they grieve,” said County Executive McCoy. “The latest victim and the 120 others from Albany County are powerful reminders of the gravity of the situation we are in right now, that the decisions we make each day have real consequences. I’m asking everyone to continue to do their part to practice social distancing, wear masks while out in public and get tested if you’re sick so we don’t take any steps backward.”

The death toll is now 121 since the outbreak began. 

To date, the partnership with Whitney Young, Jr. Health Center has carried out 2,162 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, 11am – 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 during the ongoing pandemic, the Albany County COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line is available seven days a week from 8am to 5pm 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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