NY’s COVID-19 cases still ebb, but caution still urged

New York conducted just over 73,000 COVID-19 tests on Friday, with less than one percent coming back positive, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Saturday.

Patient hospitalizations are at 908, a drop of 43 people. The number of people in the ICU dropped by 14. However, new patients admitted to the hospital increased by 16, bringing the total to 78.

Cuomo said in his daily update statement he was encouraged by the numbers, but implored people to still be cautious.

As if to hammer home that point, another statement from the governor’s office soon afterward said Cuomo directed the Health Department to investigate potential COVID-19 exposure at a high school graduation ceremony in Westchester County after someone who had recently traveled to Florida and then attended the ceremony began showing symptoms and tested positive for COVID-19.

Since then, four more who attended the ceremony and had contact with the first positive case tested positive. The governor also issued a new executive order that makes New York employees who voluntarily travel to high-risk states after June 25 ineligible for COVID-19 paid sick leave.

Albany County

County Executive Dan McCoy’s office on Saturday released information about where people can get diagnostic and antibody testing,

There is a testing site at Priority 1 Urgent Care, which is now also providing antibody testing, located in Hamilton Square at 2080 Western Avenue in Guilderland. To schedule an appointment, call (518) 867-8040.

There is also a drive-thru community testing site at Rite Aid, 1863 Central Avenue in Colonie. Testing is free for those who are eligible based on CDC guidelines and are at least 18 years old.

It’s available between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., seven days a week by appointment only. Registration is now available at www.riteaid.com. Tests will be conducted from within an individual’s car with self-swab nasal tests and with the help of a pharmacist.

There have now been 1,888 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Albany County to date, an increase of eight since Thursday. There are now 179 people under mandatory quarantine. The five-day average for new daily positive cases remains at 4.8. There are currently 35 active cases of COVID-19. So far, 5,686 people have completed quarantine, with 1,853 of them having tested positive and recovered.

There are currently three individuals hospitalized, down from four yesterday. The hospitalization rate is now 0.15%, which is down from 0.21% Thursday. There is no one in an ICU. The death toll for Albany County stands at 121 since the outbreak began.

Schenectady County reported five new cases.