May 25, 2021 Update
May 25, 2021
Chairman’s press release
DWINDLING INFECTION NUMBERS ‘HUGE’
The Columbia County Department of Health recorded no new cases of the virus last Saturday, with one on Sunday and Monday combined, and one as of midday today. The low numbers, said county DOH Director Jack Mabb, are “huge.”
Director Mabb said the low infection rate in the county can be attributed to the county vaccination rate, which stands at 64.4 percent among those who have received at least dose of the vaccine, and the better weather. This constitutes the lowest infection rate in the county in a year, he pointed out.
“We’re getting outside more, and that definitely helps,” said Director Mabb. “Also, we’re nudging closer to that 70 percent vaccination rate. That’s closer to herd immunity than, for instance, we get with the flu shot, which ordinarily about 50 percent of county residents receive.”
Also Tuesday, Director Mabb said vaccinations are being provided today to students aged 12-15 in the New Lebanon Central School District, with the same tomorrow at the Taconic Hills Central School District (3-5 p.m.) and next week at the Germantown Central School District (Thursday, June 3, 4-5 p.m.) and the Hudson City School District (Wednesday, June 2, 10 a.m. to noon).
A vaccination POD for will be held for students aged 12-15 of the Chatham Central School District and the Ichabod Crane Central School District on Wednesday, June 2, from 4-7 p.m. at the Columbia County Fair House in Chatham.
The public and walk up are welcome at all county DOH vaccination PODs. The single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be available for those interested.
Vaccination opportunities are posted on the county DOH website at columbiacountynyhealth.com
ADVISORY: Please note that the numbers distributed in Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Murell’s coronavirus press releases are morning results provided to the county Department of Health via the state reporting system. Updated numbers are issued again by the state in the afternoon, ordinarily past the time this press release is distributed. Consequently, there may be discrepancies in the numbers that appear here versus the final daily numbers shown on the DOH website and elsewhere.
COUNTY DOH SCHEDULES WEEKLY VAX HOURS
Beginning today, May 25, the Columbia County Department of Health every Tuesday will offer weekly COVID-19 vaccinations at its 325 Columbia Street, Hudson location during the hours of 1pm -3:30pm. On the 3rd Tuesday of the month, the hours are 1pm-6pm.
COUNTY VACCINATION RATE
As of Monday, May 24, the Columbia County Department of Health had administered 10,262 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Second doses now number 8,675. The vaccine administered is Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson. Note: J&J – a one dose vaccine — is added as a first shot.
The total number of Columbia County residents by all vaccine providers, as shown on the NYS COVID-19 vaccine tracker website:
28,720 have completed the vaccine series. 32,754 have received at least one dose, or 54.7 percent of the county’s 59,916 population. 64.4 percent of the county’s over-18 population has received at least one shot.
SENIORS & HOMEBOUND RESIDENTS – DO YOU NEED VACCINATION REGISTRATION HELP?
Columbia County Seniors and/or homebound residents in need of assistance getting themselves registered for the COVID-19 vaccine are encouraged to contact the county call center Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The telephone number is 518-697-5560.
COUNTY VACCINATION INFORMATION PHONE LINE
The Columbia County call center dedicated to helping those requiring assistance with vaccine registration is active Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The dedicated telephone number is 518-697-5560.
CORONAVIRUS TESTING SITES (as of 1-8-2021)
New York Testing Sites by appointment only at 888-364-3065 visit http://www.covid19screening.health.ny.gov/; WellNow Urgent Care, 446 Fairview Avenue, Hudson. 518-267- 3496. May be out-of-pocket costs; Columbia County Department of Health, 518-828-3358. Check www.columbiacountynyhealth.com for scheduled walk-up and drive-thru clinics; Greene County Department of Health, by appointment only on Wednesdays from 5-6:30 p.m., 518-719-3600..
Also, Community Care Physicians, Latham. 518-863-3600. 12-7 p.m.; Priority 1 Urgent Care, Guilderland, 518- 867-8040; Whitney Young, Albany, 518-465-4771;
Rite Aid, Colonie, 518-267-3496; CareMount Medical Urgent Care, Rhinebeck, 844-484-6564; CVS-Valatie, 518- 758-2200; CVS-Red Hook, 845-758-9612.
Also, Central Med Urgent Care, 1662 Central Avenue, Albany, 518-240-1456, bills insurance; Walgreens Rapid Testing, 41 Holland Avenue, Albany, 518-426, 2976.
EmUrgentCare locations offer COVID-19 tests for patients without symptoms at the following locations: 98 Wolf Rd., Albany; 11835 US-9W, West Coxsackie; 2976 US-9W, Saugerties; 5 New Karner Rd., Guilderland. The telephone number for all locations is 518-264-9000. Check for out-of-pocket costs.
Price Chopper test locations with testing hours from 7-9 a.m. on Tuesdays: Chatham, Clifton Park, Latham, Troy, Wilton. Other Price Chopper locations and times: Ft. Edward, Tuesday, 7-10 a.m.; Glenmont, Wednesday, 7-10 a.m.; Johnstown, Tuesday, 7-11 a.m.; and Schenectady, Wednesday, 12-2 p.m.
Pine Plains Pharmacy: 2965 Church Street, Pine Plains, 518-398-5588. Monday-Saturday by appointment only.
AT-HOME COVID-19 TEST AVAILABLE
LabCorp currently offers an at-home COVID-19 test at https://www.pixel.labcorp.com/at-home-test-kits/covid- 19-test-home-collection-kit. This test does not detect antibodies or immunity. It is designed to determine active infection with the virus that causes COVID-19.
After completing a short eligibility survey, choose a billing option, which can be through personal insurance, the use of federal funds to cover the cost of this test on your behalf if you’re uninsured, or with a credit card. The test kit will arrive via FedEx. After collecting and returning your sample, the average time to deliver results is one- two days from when your sample is received at the lab, according to LabCorp.
Monetary: Monetary donations intended for the purchase of coronavirus testing kits and much-needed equipment for emergency responders, medical personnel, and others on the front lines of the coronavirus fight are advised to send a check in care of Columbia County, with coronavirus noted in the memo field. The check can be sent to the Columbia County Controller’s Office, 401 State Street, Hudson, NY 12534. All money received is being placed in a dedicated account.
PPE: Those wishing to make donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as N95 masks, face shields, and gowns, are advised to contact the Emergency Management Office at 518-828-1212.
Food: Donations should be directed to the county Office for the Aging (518-828-4258) and local food pantries. Masks: Those wishing to donate cloth masks to the county stockpile may contact the county Emergency Management office at 518-828-1212 or [email protected] Or Supervisor Rob Lagonia at [email protected]
It is the county’s intention to issue accurate information regarding the coronavirus situation under conditions that can change by the minute. For the most up-to-date, accurate information, visit the County Department of Health’s website at https://www.columbiacountynyhealth.com or their Facebook page @:
https://www.facebook.com/Columbia-County-Department-of-Health-469399129790791. The coronavirus website, with up-to-the-minute information, can be located at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home.
Every Friday, the county will issue a press release on the coronavirus situation. The releases can be found on the Columbia County website and the Facebook pages of the Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Health, and the Emergency Management Office.