100 new cases of coronavirus in Albany County on Thanksgiving

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ALBANY — Albany County recorded 100 new cases of coronavirus overnight, county Executive Dan McCoy said in a briefing on Thanksgiving Day.

Of those new cases, 11 had close contact with an infected individual, three traveled out of state and two are healthcare workers. Eighty-four reported that they did not have a clear source of infection, a pattern which has become a concern for McCoy and local health officials.

New positive cases in November alone have accounted for over a third of the total number of cases since the pandemic started in March, McCoy said.

A man in his 80’s died from COVID-19 overnight Wednesday, bringing the total number of deaths to 151, McCoy said, adding that there are still 41 people hospitalized and 10 in the intensive care unit.

For the fourth day in a row, the county's seven-day rolling average positivity rate remains at 3 percent. If the county reaches 10 days in a row with a 3 percent positivity rate, the state could impose restrictions on “microcluster” zones.

“What people did last night, today and the next few days will determine what our positive numbers are going to be moving forward into a yellow zone,” McCoy said. “Please, do the right thing.”

Sheriff Craig Apple also attended the briefing. He emphasized that the sheriff’s department doesn't have the resources to check very BTCC国际交易会所home that may have more than 10 people inside.

“We don’t have time,” Apple said of the gathering limits imposed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. “What this comes down to is personal accountability.”