ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – 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 Friday, November 12, 73.7% of all Albany County residents have received at least the first dose of the vaccine, and 67.2% have been fully vaccinated. The first dose vaccination rate for the county’s 18+ population is now up to 84.3%. More information on vaccination rates around the state can be found at the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker.
County Executive McCoy announced that the total number of confirmed cases of COVID in Albany County is now at 32,456 to date, with 96 new positive cases identified since Friday, November 12. The county’s five-day average of new daily positive cases is now up to 104.2.
Please note that the 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 rate is now up to 4.3% and the Capital Region’s average is at 5.2%.
Among the new daily cases of COVID identified in the county, 25 had close contacts to positive cases and 71 did not have clear sources of infection at this time. There are now 605 active cases in the county, down from 616 Friday, November 12.
The number of people under mandatory quarantine decreased to 1,175 from 1,198. So far 101,493 people have completed quarantine to date. Of those who completed quarantine, 31,851 of them had tested positive and recovered – an increase of 101 additional recoveries.
County Executive McCoy reported that there were five new hospitalizations since yesterday, and there are now a total of 32 county residents currently hospitalized with the Coronavirus. Eight of those hospital patients are in ICUs, unchanged from Friday, November 12. There are no new COVID deaths to report, and the death toll for Albany County still stands at 433 since the outbreak began.
Residents can also receive free Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines (including booster shots) Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., each week at the Albany County Department of Health, 175 Green Street. No appointments are needed and walk-ins are welcome. 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.
Those 12 to 15 years old who would like a COVID vaccine shot 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.
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.
For those who would like additional information on vaccinations and vaccination clinics organized by Albany County, go to the Albany County website. 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 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.