May 7, 2021 Update

Friday, May 7, 2021
From the Columbia County Board of Supervisors
As of midday Friday, the Columbia County Department of Health had recorded eight new positive cases of COVID19. There were 10 new cases on Wednesday, and 14 cases Thursday. There are currently no county residents hospitalized as a result of the virus.
County DOH Director Jack Mabb today said that Columbia County appears “unique” regarding the rate of those who are returning to receive their second dose of the vaccine. Other counties are experiencing a 10-20 percent rate of non-returnees, he said.
Looking ahead, Director Mabb said the DOH plans to conduct more vaccine at various locations around the county. “It’s valuable for us to do PODs in underserved areas,” he said. Director Mabb added that if the Pfizer vaccine receives approval for those aged 12 and up, approximately 2,000 county school students, would be eligible. The six county school districts will be canvassing parents to determine the interest level.
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.
According to information compiled by Columbia Comeback ( As of today, hair salons, barber shops, and other personal care services expand to 75 percent capacity. Over the past two weeks, movie theater capacity was increased to 33 percent, and the capacity for museums, aquariums, zoos, and botanical gardens was increased to 50 percent. Graduation ceremonies, depending on event size and location, will be allowed with limited capacity. Also, catered events can resume at residences above the state’s residential gathering limit of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, provided the events are staffed by a professional licensed caterer, permitted by the respective locality or municipality, and strictly adhere to health and safety guidelines, including social and event gathering limits, masks, and social distancing. Guidance for dancing among attendees at catered events will be aligned with neighboring states, replacing fixed dance zones for each table with social distancing and masks.
Looking ahead, beginning Saturday, May 15, casinos and gaming facilities can increase capacity from 25 percent to 50 percent, offices can increase capacity from 50 percent to 75 percent, and gyms and fitness centers outside of New York City can increase capacity from 33 percent to 50 percent.
Beginning Monday, May 17, the 12 a.m. curfew for outdoor dining areas will be removed. Also, the 1 a.m. curfew will be removed for catered events where attendees have provided proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test result.
On Wednesday, May 19, large scale arenas and event venue capacity will increase to 25 percent, and large-scale outdoor event venues can increase spectator capacity from 20 percent to 33 percent.
Beginning Monday, May 31, the 12 a.m. curfew for indoor dining areas will be removed, and the 1 a.m. curfew for all catered events will be removed.
Columbia County seniors 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.
Homebound county residents with no computer and no ability to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine are advised to contact the county call center Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for registration assistance. The telephone number is 518-697-5560.
The Columbia County Department of Health has introduced a dedicated telephone number for those inquiring on their vaccination eligibility: 518-697-5560. The line is active Monday through Fridayfrom 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This phone line provides general info about vaccine availability in Columbia County. It does not determine eligibility for the vaccine. To check on vaccination distribution procedures and other vaccine-related information, residents may to consult the New York State Department website at
The Columbia County Department of Health does not have the authority to define vaccination categories.
New York Testing Site, University at Albany. By appointment only at 888-364-3065
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 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.
LabCorp currently offers an at-home COVID-19 test at
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.
The flu vaccine will be offered by appointment only at the regularly scheduled immunization clinic every Tuesday from 1-3:30 p.m. at Columbia County Department of Health at 325 Columbia Street, Hudson. An evening immunization clinic is also available on the third Tuesday of each month from 4-6 p.m. All clinics are by appointment only. The flu vaccine is the best protection we have from the flu and its complication, and has become even more critical in the time of COVID-19. Talk to your doctor before getting the flu shot if you have ever had a serious allergic reaction to eggs or a previous flu shot, or have a history of Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
The DOH accepts the following insurance plans: Blue Shield of North East New York, CDPHP, Fidelis, Medicare Part B, MVP, Medicaid, and United Health Care. Other senior plans may be billed, including some Blue Cross Blue Shield plans. If you are uninsured or underinsured, you may be eligible for a lower fee or no fee for the flu vaccine. All others are expected to pay a fee of $42 for the flu vaccine, with the exact cash amount or checks accepted. Debit or credit cards are not accepted.
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]
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. If no one answers, leave a message and someone will return the call.
Food: Donations should be directed to the county Office for the Aging (518-828-4258) and local food pantries.
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
or their Facebook page @: The state’s coronavirus website, with up-to-the-minute information, can be located at The county will issue a press release on the coronavirus situation Monday, and Thursdays. 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.

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