Albany County COVID update, September 3

Albany County

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Health officials reported 97 new COVID-19 cases in Albany County since Thursday. This brings the county up to 26,800 cases to date.

The county’s five-day average of new daily positive cases is now 78.8. Health officials say there are now 516 active cases in the county and there were 76 recoveries since Thursday.

Of the 97 positive cases, 23 were in close contact with someone who tested positive, four reported traveling out of state, seven are healthcare workers or residents of congregate living and 63 didn’t know how they were exposed.

Health official say there were three new hospitalizations since Thursday, and 25 county residents are currently hospitalized. There was one new COVID death.

“We know that the best way to protect ourselves is to get a COVID-19 vaccination. Sadly, we’ve lost another Albany County resident to the virus and again, I offer my condolences to all of the families whose loved ones have died from COVID-19,” said County Executive Daniel McCoy. “Everyone needs to remain vigilant, follow CDC guidelines and consider the health and safety of others.”

As of Thursday, 69.7% of all Albany County residents have received at least the first dose of the COVID vaccine and 63.9% have been fully vaccinated.

Albany County delivers vaccines to homebound residents including seniors, disabled individuals, those lacking childcare and those with accessibility issues. Anyone who would like to schedule a time for a vaccine appointment should call (518) 447-7198.

Albany County residents can receive free Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Albany County Department of Health, 175 Green Street. No appointments are needed and walk-ins are welcome.

County Executive McCoy held a COVID briefing this morning with Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen and City School District Superintendent Kaweeda Adams. Check out the press conference above.

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