Albany County reports two young COVID-19 patients hospitalized – Times Union

ALBANY — Albany County said Thursday that among 40 residents hospitalized for coronavirus, two of them are under the age of 25.

County Executive Dan McCoy used the news as another opportunity to urge the public to continue to take the virus seriously. 

“While our average percent positive rates have steadily declined over the last three weeks from a recent high of 4.8 percent, we’re still seeing far too many residents in the hospital with COVID right now, including two people who are younger than 25 years old,” he said. “And sadly, another county resident has lost their life to complications from the virus. My condolences go out to the family and loved ones who are grieving.”

McCoy said the most recent victim was a person in their 60s, raising the county’s known death toll from the disease to 408 since the pandemic began.

It’s unclear whether the person was vaccinated or not. The county has declined to release that information when announcing individual deaths, citing privacy concerns.

Albany County confirmed 95 new cases of coronavirus and seven new hospitalizations among residents overnight. A total of 40 county residents are currently hospitalized with the virus — a net increase of five overnight.
“We all need to be cautious with how the continued spread of the virus is impacting not only unvaccinated individuals and those with weakened immune systems, but our hospital system as well, especially as we continue to deal with a healthcare worker shortage,” McCoy said. “Please do your part by getting the shot if you haven’t yet, and wear a mask indoors whenever possible.”