County Executive McCoy Provides an Update on the COVID-19 Response in Albany County
Announces Week 7 of Albany County Stay Safe Teen Challenge
Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy announced today that as of this morning, there have now been 1,893 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Albany County to date, an increase of three since yesterday. Additionally, there are now 176 people under mandatory quarantine. Under the new state tracking system, there is no longer a precautionary quarantine distinction, and all quarantines are tracked together. The five-day average for new daily positive cases is now 5.4. There are currently 31 active cases of COVID-19. So far, 5,724 individuals have completed quarantine, with 1,862 of them having tested positive and recovered.
There are currently four individuals hospitalized, unchanged from yesterday, and the hospitalization rate remains at 0.21%. There is still one person in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). There have been no new deaths reported since last Wednesday. The death toll for Albany County stands at 121 since the outbreak began.
County Executive McCoy also announced the seventh week of the Albany County Stay Safe Teen Challenge: What’s your favorite dish? Even though takeout has been available during COVID-19 and restaurants are open for limited dining, many have used the time during the quarantine to perfect their favorite home-cooked meals and continue to stay home to prepare them for their families. Post a photo or video of your favorite dish with the hashtag “#AlbanyCountyStaySafe” by Saturday, July 4 at 11:59pm for your chance to win a $25 gift card to a local business. The County Executive also congratulates Week 5 winner, Colin Ingraham, who was celebrating Father’s Day grilling outside.
As the Capital Region gets closer to entering Phase 4 of reopening the economy, the County Executive continues to distribute 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 each week, Monday through Friday, from 8am to 6pm.
Below is this week’s schedule for Albany County’s walk-up COVID-19 mobile testing sites. 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: 8:30–10:30am
- Thursday: 8:30–10:30am
Rotating Locations & Dates for the Week of June 29
- 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 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.