County Executive McCoy Provides Update on Albany County’s COVID-19 Response | News List

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 yesterday, 72.2% of all Albany County residents have received at least the first dose of the vaccine, and 66.3% have been fully vaccinated. The first dose vaccination rate for the county’s 18+ population is now up to 83.3%. More information on vaccination rates around the state 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-19 in Albany County is now at 30,246 to date, with 60 new positive cases identified since yesterday. The county’s five-day average of new daily positive cases is now up to 99.8. Please note that our overall case count will fluctuate as CommCare records are transferred in and out of the county. Albany County’s most recent seven-day average of percent positive rates is at 3.6% and the Capital Region’s average is 3.8%.

Among the new daily cases of COVID identified in the county, six had close contacts to positive cases, 50 did not have clear sources of infection at this time, one reported traveling out of state and three are healthcare workers or residents of congregate living settings. There are now 566 active cases in the county, down from 567 yesterday. The number of people under mandatory quarantine decreased to 1,179 from 1,192. So far 94,760 people have completed quarantine to date. Of those who completed quarantine, 29,680 of them had tested positive and recovered – an increase of 56 additional recoveries.
County Executive McCoy reported that there were no new hospitalizations since yesterday, and there are still a total of 29 county residents currently hospitalized with the Coronavirus. Seven of those hospital patients remain in ICU’s, up two from yesterday. Unfortunately, there is one new COVID death to report – an individual in their 60’s. The death toll for Albany County now stands at 417 since the outbreak began.

“While the good news is there were no new hospitalizations to report and the number of new positive cases reported today has dropped dramatically, we have another person in their 60’s who has died from the virus. My condolences to the family and friends who are mourning their loss,” said County Executive McCoy. “We need to continue getting more people vaccinated and I’m happy to say that we had a strong turnout at our clinic in Berne yesterday. We have move scheduled and the county department of health on Green Street offers shots on a walk-in basis each weekday.”

Anyone eligible to receive a COVID vaccine booster dose and would like to receive one from the Albany County Department of Health will be required to provide their vaccination card or the Excelsior Pass Plus in order to view the formula type, lot number and date of the inoculation. More information on the booster dose can be found at the New York State website here.

Upcoming Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics:
Monday, October 18, 5pm to 6pm
(Pfizer Booster, 1st 2nd Doses)

Food Not Bombs
Townsend Park, 33 Central Ave, Albany, NY
(Residents are encouraged to register in advance at the Albany County website here)

Saturday, October 23, 12pm to 3pm
(Pfizer Booster, 1st 2nd Doses; Johnson Johnson single dose available)

Albany County’s Fall Fest
Lawson Lake County Park
293 Lawson Lake Road, Feura Bush, NY
(Residents are encouraged to register in advance at the Albany County website here)

Wednesday, October 27, 5pm to 7pm
(Pfizer Booster 1st Doses)

Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School
100 Elbel Court, Albany, New York 12209

Thursday, October 28, 4:30pm to 6:30pm
(Pfizer Booster, 1st 2nd Doses)

Colonie Central High School
1 Raider Blvd, Colonie, NY

Saturday, November 6, 10 am to 12pm
(Pfizer Booster, 1st, 2nd Doses; Johnson Johnson)

Breakfast with Grand Street Community Arts
Corner of Madison Ave. Grand St, Albany, NY

Saturday, November 13, time TBD
(Pfizer Booster, 1st, 2nd Doses)

Black Expo
Albany Capital Center
55 Eagle St, Albany, NY

Albany County continues to deliver vaccines to homebound residents, which includes seniors, disabled individuals, those lacking childcare and those with other accessibility issues. Anyone who would like to schedule a time for a vaccine appointment should call (518) 447-7198.
Residents can also receive free Pfizer and Johnson Johnson vaccines Monday through Friday, 9am – 3pm, each week at the Albany County Department of Health, 175 Green Street. The 12+ population is currently eligible. No appointments are needed and walk-ins are welcome.  Those 12 to 15 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. A follow up second dose clinic will be scheduled at the time of the first dose appointment. Free transportation is available for anyone at least 60 years old (and a caregiver), by calling the County Department for Aging in advance at (518) 447-7198.
For those who would like additional information on vaccinations and vaccination clinics organized by Albany County, please use the link here. Residents who want a shot from a state-run facility should use the state’s website at the link here or call the state vaccine hotline at 1-833-697-4829. Walk-ins are welcome at state-run facilities. For general information on the vaccine, residents can also dial the United Way of the Greater Capital Region’s 2-1-1 hotline or the Albany County Department of Health at (518) 447-4580.

COVID-19 testing continues to be available throughout Albany County and the Capital Region. Help finding a testing site near you can be found at the New York State website here and the Albany County website here.