Emily De Vito & WNYT Staff
Updated: November 24, 2020 01:20 PM
Created: November 24, 2020 01:18 PM
Albany County has seen more than 1,600 positive coronavirus cases since the start of the month.
There are 101 new cases of coronavirus in Albany County since Monday. Of those, 79 do not have a clear source of infection. There are 43 people are in the hospital, with 12 patients in the ICU.
County Executive Dan McCoy and Albany County Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen say they realize they sound like broken records. However, they said it's clear by these numbers they need to repeat themselves because they fear we could be headed toward another shut down.
McCoy says people need to make changes if they want to avoid the Capital Region going into a yellow zone, which would cause some restrictions.
This is the third day the county has had more than a 3% positivity rate.
McCoy stressed once again the importance of cooperating with contact tracers so they can do their job and stop the spread.
Dr. Whalen wanted to make one more plea ahead of thanksgiving for people to not gather in large groups.
Whalen said just because you got tested before seeing family does not mean it's safe.
She said you can't test your way out of this, so you should only be spending the holiday with people in your immediate household.
She fears the rising number of cases will create a surge in the hospitals.
Hear more of Whalen's concerns heading into Thanksgiving, and misconceptions she says people might have by watching the video of Emily De Vito's story.
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