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Health officials: Two Albany County coronavirus cases confirmed; Albany's St. Patrick's Day Parade cancelled

Health officials: Two Albany County coronavirus cases confirmed; Albany's St. Patrick's Day Parade cancelled

Health officials: Two Albany County coronavirus cases confirmed; Albany's St. Patrick's Day Parade cancelled
Dr. Elizabeth Whalen, Albany County health commissioner, speaks with reporters at a briefing Thursday morning on the county’s fi
Photographer: John Cropley/Business Editor

ALBANY — Two people have now tested positive for COVID-19 in Albany County County officials confirmed Thursday as they announced the cancellation of this weekend's scheduled St. Patrick's Day parades.

The patients are a University at Albany student in his early 20s who lives off campus and a Guilderland resident in her 30s. Both are recovering at home, Albany County officials said during a briefing Thursday morning.

They said that while confirmed cases had been almost inevitable, and are not a cause for panic, the fact that neither patient had traveled recently is a cause for concern, because they would have contracted the infection locally.

Precautionary measures were stepped up as a result. City officials are cancelling the permits for both St. Patrick’s Day parades scheduled for Saturday in Albany. County officials have limited visitation to the county jail and county nursing home.

Further limitations and precautionary measures are entirely possible but impossible to predict, County Executive Daniel McCoy said, as the situation is evolving by the hour.

He and county Heath Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen could not even provide a current number of quarantined people in the county Thursday morning, as that is changing while county health personnel research the people who have had close contact with the two local COVID-19 patients. As of Wednesday evening, they said, 25 people countywide were in mandatory or precautionary quarantine.
 

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