Albany County confirms 81 new positive COVID-19 cases overnight

Albany County confirms 81 new positive COVID-19 cases overnight

WNYT Staff
Updated: April 17, 2021 10:18 AM
Created: April 17, 2021 10:16 AM

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy announced Saturday an increase of 81 new positive coronavirus cases in the county overnight. The total amount of cases now 23,296.

Among the new cases, 26 had close contact with positive cases, 50 did not have a clear sources of infection at this time, one reported traveling out of state, and four are healthcare workers or residents of congregate living settings.

There were nine new hospitalizations overnight and 34 county residents are now hospitalized from the virus. There are currently six patients in ICU’s, unchanged from Friday. There are no new COVID-related deaths to report, and the death toll for Albany County still stands at 369 since the outbreak began.

“We haven’t had as many new hospitalizations in one night since February 4th when we reported twelve new hospitalizations. I hope this is an anomaly since we had been seeing fewer new hospitalizations daily,” said McCoy. “However, I am pleased that there are so many vaccination clinics today serving high school students including sites in Colonie and Voorheesville and another first dose clinic at Capital District Latinos as well as second dose clinic at the Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch of the Albany Public Library.”

As of Friday, 47.9% of Albany County’s population has received at least the first dose, and 33.9% has been fully vaccinated. That compares to the statewide first dose vaccination rate of 40.2%, and full vaccination rate of 27%. To date, Albany County has administered or reallocated 51,046 first and second doses. The county alone has administered 32,479 doses at the vaccination clinics at the Times Union Center and Albany Capital Center.

For those who would like additional information on vaccinations and vaccination clinics organized by Albany County, please use the link here. Those who would like to pre-register for a vaccination through the county’s pre-registration tool, should use the link here. Residents who want to sign up for a shot at a state-run facility based on their eligibility should use the state's website at the link here or call the state vaccine hotline at 1-833-697-4829. For general information on the vaccine and eligibility, residents can also dial the United Way of the Greater Capital Region’s 2-1-1 hotline.

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