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            Coronavirus live updates: Albany Med gets OK for experimental treatment

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            Total COVID-19 cases:

            • 161,779 in New York state, including 7,067 deaths
            • 462,135 in the U.S., including 16,513 deaths
            • 1,596,496 worldwide, including 95,506 deaths. 354,006 recovered

            Note: The number of positive confirmed cases is cumulative and includes people who have recovered as well as those who died.

            Explore charts showing the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S. and across the globe

            Flu fatalities 2018-19 season:

            • U.S.: 34,157 (75% were 65 and older)

            Additional resources:

            • Here are the latest.

            Friday's coronavirus updates:

            Thursday: Times Union launches coronavirus Facebook group

            The coronavirus pandemic has changed the world as we know it. What can we do to help each other? In this place, we’d like to share and hear your stories about people doing what they can to help others during these difficult times. We also want to support area businesses by providing a forum for them to share news and other information with the community. .

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            Thursday: More than 1,000 cases reported in the Capital Region

            There are more than 700 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the greater Capital Region. Below is a breakdown of known case counts, hospitalizations, recoveries and deaths, as reported by local counties or the state.

            • Albany County: 365 cases, 34 hospitalized, 11 deaths
            • Columbia County: 76 cases, 6 hospitalized, 31 recovered, 4 deaths
            • Fulton County: 14 cases
            • Greene County: 25 cases
            • Montgomery County: 18 cases, 1 death
            • Rensselaer County: 102 cases, 9 hospitalized, 5 deaths
            • Saratoga County: 176 cases, 11 hospitalized, 5 deaths
            • Schenectady County: 167 cases, 85 hospitalized, 8 deaths
            • Schoharie County: 12 cases
            • Warren County: 33 cases
            • Washington County: 20 cases, 1 death

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            Thursday: Albany Med to use experimental therapy

            Albany Med is among the first hospitals in the country体彩app官方网站 to obtain Food and Drug Administration approval to use convalescent blood plasma therapy to experimentally treat critically ill patients who are infected by COVID-19.

            Convalescent plasma therapy — or plasma from a survivor of an infectious disease — is the same treatment used during the 1918 flu pandemic, the hospital said.

            Albany Med is seeking plasma donors for further research. Read more

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            Thursday: Schenectady County closings

            Schenectady County announced it will close the Plotter Kill and Indian Kill preserves until further notice.

            The household hazardous waste collection scheduled for May 8 has been canceled.

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            Thursday: Stewart's employee in South Troy store tests positive

            Rensselaer County's Health Department are urging customers or others who visited the store at 8 Vandenburg Ave. between March 27 and 31 to call the health department at 518-270-2655 if they show any symptoms. The county says the employee lives in Albany County.

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            Thursday: Demand for power down in NYC

            The Rensselaer-based New York Independent System Operator  released an of virus outbreak-related impacts showing energy demand is down across the New York Control Area, with certain zones experiencing more dramatic drops in load than others.

            Demand reductions are largest in the morning, particularly in New York City. For weekdays during the period of March 30 – April 3, reductions in electric consumption there approached 18% during the 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. hours. Overall, New York City hourly demand for that week ranged from 2% to 18% below typical demand levels. Beyond the city, reductions in electric consumption compared to typical demand levels ranged from 1% during the 12 a.m. hour to 12% during the 7 a.m. hour.

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            Read more of Thursday's developments here