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

Post Date:06/27/2020 12:26 pm

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy announced today that as of this morning, there have now been 1,888 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Albany County to date, an increase of eight since yesterday. Additionally, there are now 179 people under mandatory quarantine. The five-day average for new daily positive cases remains at 4.8. There are currently 35 active cases of COVID-19. So far, 5,686 individuals have completed quarantine, with 1,853 of them having tested positive and recovered.  

There are currently three individuals hospitalized, down from four yesterday. The hospitalization rate is now 0.15%, which is down from 0.21% yesterday. There is no one currently in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The death toll for Albany County stands at 121 since the outbreak began.

As the Capital Region gets closer to entering Phase 4 of reopening the economy, the County Executive has announced that he is once again distributing two gallons of hand sanitizer to businesses who have filed their health and safety plan affirmation statements. Anyone interested can go to the back of the Times Union Center by taking Market Street, follow the ramp to the right and call (518) 487-2023 when you arrive. This will run Monday through Friday from 8am to 6pm.

Below is next week’s schedule for Albany County’s walk-up COVID-19 mobile testing sites. To date, the partnership with Whitney Young, Jr. Health Center has carried out 2,189 tests throughout the Capital Region. 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: 8:30–10:30am
  • Wednesday: 8:30–10:30am
  • Thursday: 8:30–10:30am

Rotating Locations & Dates for the Week of June 29

The full updated schedule can be found at the Albany County website here.

  • Tuesday, June 30, 9:00-11:00am
    Watervliet Health Center, 1804 Second Ave, Watervliet

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 and the ongoing gun violence in the City of Albany, the Albany County Mental Health Support Line is available seven days a week, now 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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