Two more county residents dead of COVID-19 as cases swell

ALBANY COUNTY — Two more county residents have died of COVID-19 — a man in his sixties and a man in his eighties.

Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy announced the deaths — bringing the county’s death toll from the coronavirus disease 2019 to 142 — in a press release on Saturday morning.

McCoy also announced 27 new cases of the virus, bringing the county’s total to 3,603. Of the new cases, 10 had close contact with someone infected with the illness, five reported traveling out of state, nine did not have a clear source of infection identified at this time, and three are health-care workers or live in a congregate setting.

Currently, 1,343 county residents are under quarantine, up from 1,331. The five-day average for new daily positives increased to 27.4 from 26.8. There are now 184 active cases in the county, down from 187 on Friday.

So far, 16,229 county residents have completed quarantine. Of those, 3,419 had tested positive and recovered.

Two more county residents were hospitalized overnight with 24 hospitalized altogether; one of them is in an intensive-care unit. The hospitalization rate has decreased to 0.66 percent.

“Our positive numbers have been increasing, our hospitalizations continue to go up, and now we’ve seen two more deaths,” said McCoy in the release. “We need to be vigilant and follow the guidance to stop the spread. That means wearing a mask properly, covering your nose and mouth, coughing and sneezing into your elbow, frequent hand sanitizing, social distancing and avoiding large gatherings.”

 

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    Health-care workers are to be vaccinated in hospitals, essential workers are to be vaccinated by city and county health departments or through unions, and people 65 or older are to be vaccinated by pharmacies and mass sites run by the state.

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