ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Albany County has seen an uptick in coronavirus numbers. Albany County Executive Dan McCoy held a COVID briefing Monday morning, the first since September 2. The county reports 526 current cases, with 54 new positive cases identified since Sunday. That’s 30,866 confirmed cases of COVID to date.
“In the last couple of months, we have really took a turn for the worse,” said County Executive McCoy. Since the COVID vaccine has become available in New York, Albany County has been pushing to get more shots in arms. So far, 72.4% of county residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine. That percentage may seem high, but local officials say we can do better.
The County Executive warns that we’re not heading in the right direction, and if numbers continue to rise, he says he’ll take further action. “Not saying we can’t go back and we can’t do a shutdown, but there are measures I will take in place if this continues to go forward—I’ll have no choice, so this is kind of a plea for everyone out there, please, no one wants any mandates.”
County Executive McCoy reported that there were two new hospitalizations since Sunday, and there are now a total of 40 county residents currently hospitalized with the Coronavirus. Nine of those hospital patients are in ICUs, unchanged from Sunday. There are no new COVID deaths to report, and the death toll for Albany County still stands at 421 since the outbreak began.
“Increasing our vaccination numbers is going to make sure we’re going to get back to normal,” said Dr. Elizabeth Whalen, Albany County Public Health Commissioner. Local health officials say the vaccine will help end the pandemic, the county already has plans in place if the 5 through 11-year-old age group is eligible for the vaccine in the coming weeks.
The county has reached out to several local pediatrician offices to help with vaccination and to also have these health professionals speak with concerned parents. “We will be conducting vaccination clinics at schools—we will be again working with our pediatric providers and family practitioners to make sure that the vaccine can get out and is available to all that desire for this important age group,” says Dr. Whalen.
This week, there are COVID vaccine clinics on Wednesday and Thursday in Albany County. They’re doing Pfizer boosters and first doses at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Then, at Colonie Central High on Thursday, they’re again offering Pfizer from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Take a look at the complete briefing from McCoy and Whalen below:
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