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95 new positive cases in Albany’s Sept. 21 COVID report

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102 new positive cases Albany County’s Sept. 17 COVID report

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy provided the latest report on the county’s progress on vaccinations and controlling the spread of the Coronavirus. 

As of Monday, September 20, 70.9% of all Albany County residents have received at least the first dose of the vaccine, and 65.1% have been fully vaccinated. The first dose vaccination rate for the county’s 18+ population is now up to 81.9%. 

More information on vaccination rates can be found at the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker at the link here.

County Executive McCoy announced that the total number of confirmed cases of COVID in Albany County is now at 28,088 to date, with 95 new positive cases identified since Monday, September 20. The county’s five-day average of new daily positive cases is now down to 86.6. Albany County’s most recent seven-day average of percent positive rates is down to 4.5%, and the Capital Region’s average rate is now down to 3.9%.

Among the new daily cases of COVID identified in the county, 28 had close contacts to positive cases, 59 did not have clear sources of infection at this time, five reported traveling out of state and three are healthcare workers or residents of congregate living settings.

There are now 536 active cases in the county, up from 496 yesterday. The number of people under mandatory quarantine decreased to 1,119 from 1,126. So far 88,135 people have completed quarantine to date. Of those who completed quarantine, 27,552 of them had tested positive and recovered – an increase of 46 additional recoveries.

The County Executive reported that there were seven new hospitalizations since Monday, September 20, and 40 county residents are now hospitalized with the virus – a net increase of two. There are currently ten patients in ICU’s, up from nine Monday, September 20. There are no new COVID deaths to report, and the death toll for Albany County still stands at 400 since the outbreak began.

“Unfortunately, we’ve seen the number of county residents hospitalized with COVID steadily rise over the last week, and the last time we had 40 people in the hospital at one time was back on March 5. And the latest data is showing that among those hospitalized, 70% are not vaccinated, 5% are partially vaccinated and 25% are fully vaccinated,” said County Executive McCoy.

“On the brighter side of things, we’ve hit another milestone in Albany County, as more than 200,000 of our residents are now fully vaccinated. It’s critical that we continue to build on this momentum and have even more people get vaccinated so we can protect our community by reaching herd immunity,” he continued.

Between September 12 and September 18, a total of 568 new COVID infections were identified by the Albany County Health Department. Of those analyzed, 243 were fully vaccinated, 281 were not and for 44 cases, the vaccination status was unknown or the individual declined to respond. Vaccine status is self-reported by the individual case and provided without regard to the timing of vaccine administration and onset of illness. This data is provisional and subject to change as additional information is received.

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Broncos podcast: Denver, riding four-game losing skid, hosts Washington in must-win Week 8

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Broncos podcast: Denver, riding four-game losing skid, hosts Washington in must-win Week 8


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Ryan O’Halloran has been covering the Broncos for The Post since 2018 and has covered the NFL since 2004. A native of North Dakota and graduate of Kansas State, O’Halloran previously covered the Washington Redskins for eight years, primarily at The Washington Times, and the Jacksonville Jaguars for six years at The Florida Times-Union. He has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors seven times for his work. He was named Colorado Sportswriter of the Year in 2019.

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Logan O’Connor steps into top-six role for Avalanche

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Relentless puck hound Logan O’Connor will further his NHL career by becoming a top-six forward for the Avalanche in Thursday’s game against the Blues in St. Louis. O’Connor, the former University of Denver standout who gave up his senior year in 2018 to sign with the Avs as an undrafted free agent, will be the right winger on Colorado’s second line.

“O.C.” will play with center Nazem Kadri and left wing Gabe Landeskog as the Avs — who rank 22nd in NHL offense through six games — try to improve on their 2.50 goals-per-game clip. Colorado (2-4) has lost three of its last four games but O’Connor has been a bright spot.

“He has been a consistent worker — forecheck, retrieving pucks, keeping pucks alive, hard in the battles to help us come up with pucks and be able to play in the offensive zone (and) discipline with the puck in the neutral zone,” Avs coach Jared Bednar after Wednesday’s practice. “So he’s the guy, for me, that he’s doing all the right things and playing the right way, and that second line — some of our lines — are missing that element. So it’s a good spot for him there. That’s why I have Landy with him there, too.”

J.T. Compher has been dropped to the third line and the struggling Andre Burakovsky was brought up to the first line, trading spots with Landeskog, in an effort to get him going with center Nathan MacKinnon and right winger Mikko Rantanen.

Burakovsky has just a goal and two points in six games, with a minus-5 rating.

“It’s not good enough,” Bednar said of his play.

O’Connor, 25, was a fabulous forechecker and penalty killer at DU, and he has brought those traits to the Avs. He has developed an excellent wrist shot and has shown significant offensive potential.

“I feel as though last year and years past, I’ve had good opportunities but I haven’t exactly capitalized on those chances,” said O’Connor, who is beginning his fourth full pro season. “And I think with my speed I can put myself in good situations. You just have to bear down offensively because goaltending is so good in this league. You’ve got to be deceptive with your shot, change the angle of your shot, and that’s what separates the good goal scores from guys that don’t score as many. So I’m just constantly trying to dial that into my game.”

Apologetic, sort of. Avs defenseman Jack Johnson on Wednesday spoke about his big hit on Vegas’ Keegan Kolesar in the second period of Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to the visiting Golden Knights. Johnson was assessed an interference major and game misconduct for the hit, plus a major for fighting after Vegas forward Nicholas Roy attacked him in response to the hit.

Johnson, who got the better of Roy in the fight, appeared to deliver the big hit on Kolesar before the forward could catch a pass up the boards near the Knights’ bench. The Avs said it could have been an interference minor but the hit itself was clean.

“I thought it was a suicide pass,” Johnson said. “I tried to time it as best as I could and just finish the play at the blueline. Other than that, that’s all I can offer you for obvious reasons.”

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Ravens sign OT Cedric Ogbuehi, a former first-round pick, to practice squad

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Ravens reportedly signing OT Cedric Ogbuehi, a former first-round pick, to practice squad

The Ravens signed offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi to their practice squad Wednesday, giving the team another option along a banged-up offensive line.

Ogbuehi, 29, a first-round draft pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2015, was released Monday by the Seattle Seahawks. He began the season on injured reserve with a biceps injury and played in just one game this year for Seattle, starting at right tackle in a Week 4 win over the San Francisco 49ers. Ogbuehi, who tried out for the Ravens on Tuesday, appeared in eight games and started four last season for the Seahawks.

Ravens right tackle Patrick Mekari hurt his ankle in Sunday’s loss to the Bengals and is unlikely to play in Week 9 against the Minnesota Vikings. Second-year lineman Tyre Phillips took over for Mekari on Sunday but struggled in pass protection. The Ravens, who are on a bye this week, are also without star left tackle Ronnie Stanley (ankle) for the season.

The 6-foot-5, 308-pound Ogbuehi has graded out as a solid run blocker the past two seasons, according to Pro Football Focus. He allowed one sack in Week 4 and gave up just one last season.

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