Albany Co. announces new partnership to ease hospital strain as cases reach new record high

Sam Hesler & WNYT Staff
Updated: January 12, 2021 05:27 PM
Created: January 12, 2021 01:50 PM

Albany County is reporting another single-day record of 351 new coronavirus cases.

Sadly, another two people have died.

County Executive Dan McCoy continues to express concern with the county's hospitalization rate. With the county reporting 15 new hospitalizations overnight, there are now 155 people in the hospital.

McCoy says hospital bed availability stands at about 25% and ICU availability is at about 19%.

Because of this, the county is launching a new initiative with St. Peter's to help ease the burden on hospitals in the region.

The county recently completed renovations at Shaker Place Nursing Home, which means that there is an empty tower available that is separate from the new nursing home.

The building houses about 160 beds and has a separate ventilation system and entrance from the rest of Shaker Place.

The tower, which would ease the burden on hospitals, will be run by St. Peter's staff and would care for COVID-19 patients who are no longer infectious but may need additional care.

County Executive McCoy really stressed this new imitative will not put Shaker Place residents at risk, as everything even down to the food and cleaning supplies will be separate from this building.

While they aren't moving any people there now, the president of St. Peter's Health Partners says this is an incredible resource.

Hear more about how much it will help by watching the video of Sam Hesler's story.


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