“We’ve learned a lot about how to care for patients with COVID so, when they come in, when we first diagnose them, we give them a cocktail of treatments right out of the gates,” Venditti said, naming  remdesivir, an antiviral medication; convalescent plasma, using blood from people who have recovered from COVID-19; and dexamethasone, a corticosteroid medication.

Albany County Executive Danieil McCoy

ALBANY COUNTY — In its 39th week of coping with COVID-19, Albany County broke several records more than once, and the county executive, Daniel McCoy, announced nine deaths from the disease, starting with five last Thursday.

With a continuing surge in COVID-19 cases, the county’s health department is deluged with calls and is experiencing a backlog, its commissioner said. She urged residents who test positive for the virus to look at guidance for isolation on the department’s website, and residents who have been exposed to COVID-19 to look for guidance on following quarantine protocols.

The county’s $719.3 million spending plan for next year is down significantly from this year’s adjusted budget, which is now set to be $747.3 million — up about $14 million from what was originally proposed around this time last year.

Anthony Fauci

ALBANY COUNTY — Governor Andrew Cuomo today directed the state’s health department to begin the surge-and-flex protocol that will have all hospitals expand their bed capacity by 25 percent to handle surges of COVID-19.

Albany County announced 143 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, continuing a recent trend of over100 new cases a day.

Judy Carey Nevin, right, says kindness and compassion are important to her. “Kindness is so easy and it’s free,” she says on this week’s podcast.

ALBANY COUNTY — Leaders from nearby Rensselaer and Schenectady counties joined Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy, a Democrat, at his Saturday morning press conference to present a united front in the battle against COVID-19.

Governor Andrew Cuomo

Since the springtime surge of COVID-19, the length of hospital stays for COVID patients has been more than cut in half, says the governor, and the death rate of hospitalized patients has gone from 23 percent to 8 percent.

“It’s not going to get better in any likelihood between now and Christmas,” said Albany County Health Commissioner Elizabeth Whalen of surging COVID cases. “It’s likely that we will continue to see cases increase and that they will result in increased hospitalizations and unfortunately increased deaths in the county. The only way we can prevent this from happening is from individual behavior.”