The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY)

Al­bany County re­ports 100 new cases; one newdeath

- By Nicholas Buonanno nbuo­nanno@dig­i­tal­first­ As­sis­tant Se­nior Ed­i­tor Albany · Albany County · Colt McCoy

On Thanks­giv­ing Day, Al­bany County Ex­ec­u­tive Daniel McCoy an­nounced that the num­ber of con­firmed cases of COVID-19 in Al­bany County has now climbed to 5,367 to date, an in­crease of 100 new pos­i­tive cases since Wed­nes­day.

An­other county res­i­dent passed away due to com­pli­ca­tions from the virus. He was a man in his 80s who did not live in a nurs­ing home or other con­gre­gate set­ting. Al­bany County’s death toll is now 151 since the out­break be­gan.

“Sadly, I have to re­port that an­other Al­bany County res­i­dent has lost his life to this virus and his fam­ily is griev­ing on this holiday,” McCoy said. “I un­der­stand the loss that all the fam­i­lies of the 151 peo­ple­who have died in­Al­bany County fromCOVID-19 are feel­ing. I knowthatwe’re ask­ing peo­ple to make sac­ri­fices for Thanks­giv­ing, but we are ask­ing this to pro­tect those peo­ple for which we are thank­ful.

“We don’t want any­one to get sick and maybe die from this virus be­cause you spread it dur­ing your Thanks­giv­ing din­ner.”

Of­fi­cials note that our over­all case count will fluc­tu­ate as the Com­mCare records for col­lege stu­dents are trans­ferred to the county in which they are iso­lat­ing for their daily mon­i­tor­ing and then trans­ferred back to Al­bany County for the fi­nal case count.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the num­ber of peo­ple un­der­manda­tory quar­an­tine jumped to 2,714 from 2,452. The five- day aver­age for new daily pos­i­tives de­creased to 90.6 from 93. There are now 949 ac­tive cases in the county, up from 918 yes­ter­day.

So far, 21,785 peo­ple have com­pleted quar­an­tine. Of those who com­pleted quar­an­tine, 4,418 of them had tested pos­i­tive and re­cov­ered. Among the new pos­i­tive cases, 11 had close con

tact with pos­i­tive cases, three re­ported trav­el­ing out of state, 84 did not have a clear source of in­fec­tion at this time and two are health­care work­ers or res­i­dents of con­gre­gate set­tings – though not from Shaker Place Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and Nurs­ing Cen­ter.

There were no new hos­pi­tal­iza­tions to re­port overnight, while the num­ber of county res­i­dents cur­rently hos­pi­tal­ized from the virus re­mains at 41. There are still 10 pa­tients in the ICU (In­ten­sive Care Unit), and the hos­pi­tal­iza­tion rate is now 0.76%.

The county ex­ec­u­tive was joined by Al­bany County Sher­iff Craig Ap­ple who also asked peo­ple to abide by the guide­lines to keep oth­ers safe and to think about those who have lost jobs, who are strug­gling to put food on the table or who are alone.

“Be cour­te­ous,” Ap­ple said. “It’s the holiday season, andwe’re all try­ing our best to get through this, so we’re just ask­ing for a lit­tle bit of pa­tience.”

“Do the right thing,” McCoy added. “Here’s your chal­lenge, wear a mask, cough into your arm, clean your hands, stay six feet apart, do the right stuff, and [then] we won’t have to do this ev­ery day, and you won’t have to see me [dur­ing daily coro­n­avirus brief­ings].”

Ahead of Black Fri­day, Small Busi­ness Satur­day and Cy­ber Mon­day, McCoy en­cour­aged res­i­dents to stay safe while shopping local, and con­sider pa­tron­iz­ing busi­nesses on their online plat­forms or us­ing curb- side pickup. Down­town Al­bany Busi­ness Im­prove­ment District has a list online of ways to shop with­out go­ing into the phys­i­cal lo­ca­tions. The Lark Street Busi­ness Im­prove­ment District is also host­ing its Lark Street Holiday Mar­ket on Satur­day.

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