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Albany County Exec: We'll Open When It's Safe

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Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Albany County are up.
There are now 1,386 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, an increase of 11 over Tuesday.

One county resident died overnight, bringing the death toll to 62.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy says as soon as the region meets all seven of Governor Andrew Cuomo's metrics, the economy can begin reopening.

"We're not gonna open up if it's not safe. And the control room and a lot of guidance from Dr. Whalen and her staff at the health department, if the numbers start to go up, I hate to say it, we'll shut down again."

The five-day average of daily new positive cases in Albany County dropped to 15.4, and Wednesday was the third consecutive day of decreasing daily numbers.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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