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Albany County officials say COVID hospitalizations are trending upwards

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ALBANY COUNTY (WRGB) - - - Albany County Executive Dan McCoy provided an update Wednesday morning on the county’s efforts to administer the COVID vaccine and control the spread of the virus. 

County Executive McCoy announced that the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Albany County has now climbed to 21,854 to date, an increase of 60 new positive cases since Tuesday. The five-day average for new daily positives has decreased to 58.6 from 59.6.

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There are now 488 active cases in the county and the number of people under mandatory quarantine has increased to 1,230 from 1,201.

There were six new hospitalizations overnight, and there are now 30 county residents hospitalized from the virus – a net increase of two. There are now three patients in ICU’s, down from four Tuesday. 

“After dropping to a low in COVID hospitalizations we hadn’t seen since October 28, unfortunately the number of county residents in the hospital is starting to move in the wrong direction. In the last six days, we’ve gone from 21 current hospitalizations to 30,” said County Executive McCoy. 

There are no new COVID-related deaths to report, and the death toll for Albany County still stands at 365 since the outbreak began.

“With the presence of the highly contagious U.K. and now the Brazilian variants in New York, we need to keep our guards up and make sure we don’t see this worrying trend continue. Please continue to wear a mask, socially distance, cough and sneeze into your elbow, and get tested. We still need to use these practices until we can get more people vaccinated," added McCoy.

The most recent data shows that 33.5% of Albany County’s population has received at least their first dose, and 16.8% has been fully vaccinated, compared to the state’s first dose rate of 26.5%.

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