ALBANY —County Executive Dan McCoy said he is working with the other seven counties in what is considered the Capital Region area to formulate a reopening plan to submit to the governor’s office.
During his daily briefing on Wednesday, May 6 he said the report will be up on the county website and submitted to the state for review by Monday.
Earlier this week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined the parameters necessary for different regions of the state to reopen. None of the regions met all seven conditions.
The Capital Region — which includes Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Washington, Warren, Green and Columbia counties — fell short on a 14-day decline in hospitalizations, the number of tests being conducted and the number of contact tracers.
The four areas it met were the number of deaths in a hospital, new hospitalizations, the percentage of total beds available and the percentage of ICU beds available.
McCoy said the plan will be on the county website by Monday. Details were not immediately available but he said earlier this week he is working with hospitals to determine where the patients were coming from and if they were all Capital Region residents.
Phase I of “unpausing” New York is set to begin on May 15 in the regions that meet all seven criteria. The businesses slated to open in Phase I include construction, manufacturing and some retail with curb side pickup.
Meanwhile, two more Albany County residents died from Tuesday to Wednesday — a woman in her 70s and a woman in her 80s who had underlying health conditions.
One of the fatalities was a resident of Shaker Place, the sixth resident of the county’s nursing home.
There are now a total of 53 fatalities in Albany County. All but two were older than 60 and all but one had underlying health issues.
As of Wednesday, there were 1,252 confirmed cases in Albany County, up 16 from Tuesday. There are 1,093 under mandatory quarantine, up 14, and eight under precautionary quarantine, up four.
That number is expected to spike in the coming days as nursing home cases, which are reported to the state, are filtered down to the county Health Departments.
Albany County is, by far, testing more than any other county in the Capital Region area and more than most counties in upstate. Because of that, it also has more cases than most counties in upstate.
McCoy said there is an average of 20.2 new cases per day.
As of Wednesday, there were 2,862 who completed quarantine and 674 who have recovered.
There are 32 Albany County residents people hospitalized as of Wednesday, for a rate of 2.6 percent, down slightly from Tuesday. There are eight people in the ICU.
Statewide the number of hospitalizations continues to decline, the number new cases is dropping, the number of people on a ventilator is dropping. There were also 232 people who died from Tuesday to Wednesday, bringing the total fatalities statewide to more than 19,600 with the vast majority in New York City, Long Island and Westchester County.
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