ALBANY - Albany County now has had 166 people test positive for COVID-19, including a 2-month-old child, Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy said Thursday morning
The Thursday numbers were up from 142 the previous day, though McCoy cited a lack of available testing kits impacting the numbers.
He called on the state and federal government to get kits to the area so testing can move forward.
Overall, the 166 cases range in age from the 2-month-old baby to 90, McCoy said. Fifteen were hospitalized as of Thursday morning, a rate of about nine percent of cases. Seven were under ICU care, including one in pediatric ICU, McCoy said.
"This is affecting us a little bit different than we've seen overseas because it was usually 60 and up," McCoy said. "This is hitting a younger population for whatever reason here and I cannot tell you why."
McCoy called it vitally important that the public understands the virus can hit all age groups.
Thursday's Albany County press briefing:
The county had 566 people under mandatory quarantine and 247 under precautionary quarantine.
Officials also highlighted their Mental Health Support line for those dealing with stress and anxiety while remaining in their homes. The number is 518-269-6634 and is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The county also continues to look for anyone who was at Victory Bible Church, 21 Hackett Blvd., Albany, on Sunday, March 15 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Anyone who was there then should remain at home under precautionary quarantine until March 29. They should also contact the Albany County Department of Health immediately at 518-447-4580.