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Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy today provided the latest update on the county’s progress on vaccinations and controlling the spread of the Coronavirus. As of yesterday, 75.2% of all Albany County residents have received at least their first dose of the vaccine, and 67.5% have been fully vaccinated. The first dose of vaccination coverage for the county’s 18+ population is now up to 84.7%. More information on vaccination rates in the state can be found on the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker on the link here.

County Executive McCoy announced that the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Albany County now stands at 33,757, with 188 new positive cases as of yesterday. The five-day average of new daily positive cases in the province now stands at 115.6. Please note that our total number of cases will fluctuate as CommCare records are transferred within and outside the province. Albany County’s most recent seven-day percent positive rate average is still 5.0% and the Capital Region average rate is now 7.0%.

There are now 649 active cases in the province, up from 611 yesterday. The number of people in quarantine has risen from 1,116 to 1,251. So far, 104,828 people have gone through quarantine. Of those who completed the quarantine, 33,108 of them had tested positive and recovered – an increase of 137 additional recoveries.

County Executive McCoy reported that there have been four new hospitalizations since yesterday and that a total of 39 county residents are currently hospitalized with the coronavirus. Four of those hospital patients are in ICUs, unchanged from yesterday. Sadly, there is one new COVID death to report: a man in his 80s. The death toll for Albany County now stands at 441 since the outbreak began.

“On a day when families come together, it’s sad that another Albany County resident has passed away from COVID-19. My condolences to his family,” County Executive McCoy said. “I had hoped that the virus would now be over and that when families and friends share a Thanksgiving meal, they don’t have to worry about COVID-19. That’s still not the case when we look at the dramatic number of new positive cases reported today. Do the right thing. Protect your loved ones by following the guidelines. When you are indoors, it is best to wear a mask, especially if someone with you has not been vaccinated. Stay six feet apart, cough and sneeze into your arm, and encourage anyone who hasn’t been vaccinated to get a shot. Those who have been vaccinated should be given a booster if it has been six months since that last injection. This is the start of the holiday season. We all need to do what we can to make sure it’s safe for everyone and to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

Upcoming vaccination clinics at school (Please note that all vaccinations are by appointment only. Scheduling of pediatric injections for the 5-11 population is handled by individual schools, directly with parents of students from those particular schools. Pfizer 12+ 1st, 2nd, 3rd and booster vaccinations , as well as Moderna 18+ 1st, 2nd, 3rd and booster shots are also available by appointment):

  • Tuesday 30 November, from 10 am to 12 pm
    • Albany International Airport (exact location unknown)
    • Albany Shaker Rd, Colonie, NY
  • Thursday 2 December, from 4.30 pm to 7 pm
    • Menands Union Free School
    • 19 Wards Lane, Menands, NY
  • Wednesday 8 December, from 4.30 pm to 7 pm
    • Blue Creek Elementary School
    • 100 Clinton St., Latham, NY
  • Monday December 13, from 4.30 pm to 7 pm
    • Guilderland Primary School
    • 2225 Western Ave, Guilderland, NY
  • Tuesday 14 December, from 4.30 pm to 7 pm
    • Stephen & Harriet Myers Middle School
    • 100 Elbel Court, Albany, NY
  • Thursday December 16, from 4.30 pm to 7 pm
    • Sand Creek Middle School
    • 329 Sand Creek Road, Albany, NY

Residents can also receive free Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines (including booster shots) Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, each week at the Albany County Department of Health, 175 Green Street. Apart from Wednesdays, appointments are now mandatory, which can be made on the link here. Anyone who qualifies for a booster dose of COVID vaccine and wishes to receive one from the Albany County Department of Health must present their vaccination card or the Excelsior Pass Plus to view the formula type, lot number, and date of inoculation.

Albany County continues to provide vaccines to homebound residents, including seniors, the disabled, those without childcare facilities, and those with other accessibility issues. Anyone wishing to schedule a vaccine appointment time should call (518) 447-7198.

Residents who want a shot of a state-run facility must purchase the state website at the link here or call the state vaccination hotline at 1-833-697-4829. For general information about the vaccine, residents may also call the United Way of the Greater Capital Region 2-1-1 hotline or the Albany County Department of Health at (518) 447-4580.

COVID-19 testing will continue to be available throughout Albany County and the Capital Region. Help finding a test location near you can be found in New York State website here and Albany . County website here.

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