County’s COVID-19 death toll rises to 366

— From the Albany County dashboard

Cases of COVID-19 in Albany County sharply decreased after the post-holiday high in January but have now leveled off at a rate higher than last summer and greater than the apex last May.

ALBANY COUNTY — For the first time in two weeks, another Albany County resident has died of COVID-19.

A man in his sixties succumbed to the disease on Friday, Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy reported in a release on Saturday morning.

This brings the county’s COVID-19 death toll to 366.

It was nearly a year ago, on March 28, that McCoy announced the county’s very first death from COVID-19.

The first death was of a man in his seventies. McCoy said then of the death, “It’s not easy … It’s a blow to the stomach. My heart goes out to the family … The most vulnerable population is going to be hit.”

He stressed that people over the age of 70 should stay home. 

“We are reporting a large number of new positive cases,” McCoy said in Saturday’s release, urging residents — as he frequently does — to continue to wear masks, socially distance, and wash their hands frequently.

He reported 74 new COVID-19 cases in the county since Friday.

With vaccination ramping up, there is a nationwide slowdown in COVID-19 testing.

“COVID-19 tests are available and we need people to continue to be tested as we strive to get more people vaccinated,” said McCoy in the release.

As of Saturday afternoon, according to the state’s vaccine tracker, 28.7 percent of New Yorkers have received a first dose of vaccine while 15.8 percent have completed a vaccine series.

For Albany County, the tracker says 35.8 percent of the county’s 307,117 have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

The 74 new COVID-19 cases in Albany County brings the county’s total of confirmed cases to 22.068.

Of the new cases,  57 did not have clear sources of infection identified, 14 had close contact with someone infected with the disease, two reported traveling out of state, and one was a health-care worker or resident of a congregate setting.

The five-day average for new daily positives has increased to 66.4 from 61.6. There are now 547 active cases in the county, up from 516 on Friday.

The number of Albany County residents under quarantine increased to 1,345 from 1,298. So far, 70,149 residents have completed quarantine. Of those, 21,521 had tested positive and recovered. That is an increase of 38 recoveries since Friday.

There were three new hospitalizations overnight, and there are now 33 county residents hospitalized from the virus. There are currently two patients in intensive-care units, down from four on Friday. 

Statewide, as of Friday, as a seven-day rolling average, the infection rate is 3.4 percent, according to the state’s dashboard.

For Albany County, also as of Friday, as a seven-day rolling average, the infection rate is 2.1 percent.

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