COVID infection cluster reported at Albany auto dealership

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ALBANY — The Albany County Department of Public Health said Friday it is investigating a COVID-19 infection cluster at an Albany auto dealership.

Health officials advised anybody who had visited DePaula Chevrolet after Sept. 19 to contact the county Department of Health if they have concerns about potential exposure.

The department defines a cluster as three or more infections; it said there are no known instances of customers at the dealership contracting infections there. The county also said it had recommended that the dealership shut down for two weeks.

Officials at DePaula Chevrolet could not be reached for comment for this story Friday.

The county Department of Health has been busy responding to a steady stream of new infections in recent days, including a total of 88 Monday through Thursday alone.

County Executive Daniel McCoy said warned Thursday that with large and sustained infection clusters elsewhere in the state, Albany County residents need to not get complacent with their preventative measures.

“We’ve seen a similar story before, where clusters of high infection rates in New York City and downstate are followed by spikes upstate,” McCoy said. “We don’t need to sound the alarms yet, but we need to take this moment as a warning sign and look at our own data in Albany County: Nearly 150 new positive cases in just one week, the number of residents in the hospital more than doubled over three days and the number of patients in the ICU is ticking up.”

On Friday morning, Albany County reported 26 new infections for a cumulative of 3,151 confirmed cases of COVID-19since March. Also, 997 county residents were under quarantine and eight hospitalized, two of those in intensive care.

Albany County, the most populous county in the Capital Region, has had 135 county residents die of the virus, the most of any Capital Region county.

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