Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy today provided the latest update on the county’s progress in vaccinating and controlling the spread of the coronavirus. As of yesterday, 81.5% of all Albany County residents have received at least the first dose of the vaccine and 74.5% have now completed their initial series of vaccinations. Among the eligible population, 63.9% have now received the booster shot. More information on vaccination rates in the state can be found on the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker at the link here.
County Executive McCoy announced that the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Albany County has now reached 72,137 as of today, with 149 new infections identified since yesterday and 504 new infections since the last update. of Tuesday. The county’s seven-day average of daily new positive cases has now fallen to 153.1 from 189.8. Please note that our overall case count will fluctuate as CommCare cases are transferred in and out of the county.
Albany County’s most recent seven-day average of COVID cases per 100,000 population has now fallen to 41.8 (with an average percentage positive rate of 12.0%), and the Capital Region per 100,000 has now fallen to 41.9 (with an average percentage positive rate of 10.6%). The latest data and trends can be found on the Status Tracker here.
McCoy County Executive reported there were eleven new COVID hospitalizations since yesterday and 26 new total hospitalizations since Tuesday’s update. There are now 45 county residents currently hospitalized with the coronavirus. Of those hospitalized patients, there are now seven currently in intensive care units, up from the last five reported. Unfortunately, there is one new COVID death to report since the last update – a man in his 80s. The death toll in Albany County now stands at 563 since the outbreak began.
“Unfortunately, we have lost another county resident to complications from COVID since Tuesday, and I extend my sympathy to his loved ones,” County Executive McCoy said. “As we begin the holiday weekend and people travel and congregate, I encourage you to remember the precautions outlined by the CDC if you are indoors, and to get vaccinated and boosted if you are not. haven’t already.”
Due to New York State’s closure of its virtual call center, there will be an unknown margin of error in reporting our COVID case data, as residency discrepancies and double counting of cases may occur. The problem of data accuracy is compounded by the lack of reporting of home test results, which has been an ongoing issue since Omicron began. As we previously reported, hospitalizations and deaths are the preferred metrics that many healthcare professionals continue to use; however, if you use the daily case count as a tool to make your personal decisions, please do so knowing that there is a margin of error in this report.
McCoy County Executive continues to encourage residents to submit positive COVID home test results on the county’s website, and they should use the online submission link here, or visit the county’s website. Albany here.
Residents can receive free Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines (including boosters) Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., each week at the Albany County Health Department, 175 Green Street. Outside of Wednesdays, appointments are mandatory and can be made on the link here. Anyone eligible to receive a booster dose of the COVID vaccine and wishing to receive one from the Albany County Health Department will need to provide their vaccination card or the Excelsior Pass Plus in order to see the type of formula, the number of batch and date of inoculation. .
Albany County continues to provide vaccines to residents confined to their homes, including the elderly, people with disabilities, those without child care and those with other accessibility issues. Anyone wishing to make an appointment for a vaccination appointment should call (518) 447-7198.
Residents who wish to be vaccinated at a state-operated facility should use the state’s website at the link here or call the state’s vaccine hotline at 1-833-697- 4829. For general information about the vaccine, residents can also call the United Way of the Greater Capital Area 2-1-1 hotline or text their zip code to 898-211 or call the County Health Department. ‘Albany at (518) 447-4580.
COVID-19 testing continues to be available throughout Albany County and the Capital Region. You can find help finding a testing site near you on the New York State website here and on the Albany County website here.