Created: May 15, 2021 12:34 PM
Albany County Executive Dan McCoy announced Saturday an increase of 22 new positive coronavirus cases in the county overnight. The county’s total amount of cases now 24,139.
Among the new cases, eight had close contact with positive cases, 14 did not have clear sources of infection at this time and none are healthcare workers or residents of a congregate living setting.
McCoy also announced that there was one new hospitalization overnight, and there are now 13 county residents hospitalized from the virus. There are currently four patients in ICU’s, unchanged from yesterday. There are no new COVID deaths to report, and the death toll for Albany County still stands at 378 since the outbreak began.
Since Friday, 57.7% of Albany County’s population has received at least the first dose, and 49.6% has been fully vaccinated. That compares to the statewide first dose vaccination rate of 49.2%, and full vaccination rate of 40.8%. More information on vaccination rates can be found at the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker at the link here. To date, Albany County has now administered or reallocated a total of 64,378 vaccines.
“We’re nearly at the 50% rate for people fully vaccinated in Albany County and that’s great progress but we’re not where we need to be just yet,” said McCoy. “Experts have said 70% is the number needed to reach herd immunity, so we need to continue to encourage our family, friends and neighbors to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated. Every person who gets a shot helps to protect not only him or herself but the rest of our community.”
Albany County, CDPHP and Focus Churches of Albany are hosting weekly Pfizer vaccination clinics at Emmanuel Baptist Church at 275 State Street in Albany. On Friday, May 21 and Friday, May 28, residents can get vaccinated between 10am and 1pm without an appointment. Those who are eligible include anyone at least 16 years of age. Second doses will be scheduled at the time of the first dose.
Albany County will be administering free Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines Monday through Friday, 9am-3pm, each week at the Albany County Department of Health to individuals 12+ years old. No appointments are needed and walk-ins are welcome. Those 12 to 15 years old 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 at (518) 447-7198 in advance.
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