ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy announced that the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Albany County is now at 55,097 to date, with 1,526 new positive cases identified since yesterday. 

As of Friday, 79.7% of all Albany County residents have received at least the first dose of the vaccine, and 72.3% are now fully vaccinated. The first dose vaccination rate for the county’s 18+ population is now up to 88.4%. More information on vaccination rates around the state can be found at the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker.

Albany County’s most recent seven-day average of cases per 100,000 is at 231.6 (average percent positivity rate of 19.3%) and the Capital Region’s average of cases per 100,000 is at 237.9 (average percent positivity rate of 18.9%). The county’s seven-day average of new daily positive cases is now up to 1,203.7. The latest results may be found using the state tracker.

County Executive McCoy reported that there were 21 new hospitalizations since Friday, and there are now 119 county residents currently hospitalized with the COVID. Sixteen of those hospital patients are in ICU’s. There are no new COVID deaths to report and the death toll for Albany County stands at 484 since the outbreak began.

“Another day of disturbing numbers with new daily positives over 1500 and more than 20 new hospitalizations,” said County Executive McCoy. “The best way to stop these trends is to get vaccinated, to wear masks indoors with others, stay six feet apart, cough/sneeze into your elbow and wash your hands frequently.”

County Executive McCoy continues to encourage residents to submit the positive results of at-home COVID testing on the county website, and they should use the online submission link, or visit the Albany County website.

Residents can receive free Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines (including booster shots) Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., each week at the Albany County Department of Health, 175 Green Street. Aside from Wednesdays, appointments are now required, which can be made at the link here.  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.

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 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. For general information on the vaccine, residents can also dial the United Way of the Greater Capital Region’s 2-1-1 hotline or text their zip code to 898-211 or call 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.