Albany County reports 172 new cases; McCoy announces new state guidance for vaccine distribution

WNYT Staff
Created: January 18, 2021 01:53 PM

Albany County is reporting another 172 new cases of coronavirus. Sadly, they also say three more people died.

Another 22 people were hospitalized, bringing the number to a new high of 180 patients, including 16 in the ICU.

The hospital bed capacity in the county is at 25%. 

Meanwhile, County Executive Dan McCoy announced new guidance from the state to the counties.

County health departments will handle vaccinations for first responders, including fire, police and EMS. They will also handle teachers and daycare workers, grocery, transit, and homeless shelter workers.

Regular citizens will not be vaccinated at county sites.

The United Way or 2-1-1 hotline will be helping take pressure off the state vaccine hotline. Those dispatchers can help elderly New Yorkers understand the vaccine process.

Learn about how the pharmacies will now be helping a lot more with the overall vaccination process by watching the video.


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