November 5, 2021 Update

Columbia County Chairman’s press release
Last Wednesday, county DOH recorded 26 new cases of COVID-19 among county residents, with 10 on Thursday, and nine as of midday today.
There are currently six individuals hospitalized, and one individual in the ICU.
All vaccination opportunities are posted on the county DOH website at
The Columbia County Department of Health will hold vaccination clinics for local schools at the following times. The clinic will be held at the school unless otherwise noted.
Monday, November 15: Taconic Hills, 3-6 p.m., and Hudson, 4-7 p.m.
Tuesday, November 16: Germantown, 4-7 p.m., and New Lebanon, 4-7 p.m.
Wednesday, November 17, at the Chatham Firehouse: Both Chatham and Ichabod Crane from 3-6 p.m.
The Columbia County Department of Health has announced that a booster clinic will be held 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, November 6, at Columbia-Greene Community College.
Next week, on Friday, November 12, a clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, also at the college. On Saturday, November 13, at the Hudson fire station, a clinic will be held from 9-11 a.m.
On Thursday, November 18, the hours are 4-6 p.m., and on Friday, November 19, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Both clinics will be at the college.
These are all Moderna booster clinics.
For those who are interested in receiving the J&J or Pfizer booster, please contact the county DOH at 518-828- 3358.
Those who fall in the following four categories are eligible for the Pfizer or Moderna booster six months after their initial series of vaccines:

 65 years and older
 Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
 Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
 Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings
All vaccination opportunities are posted on the county DOH website at
As of Saturday, October 30, the Columbia County Department of Health had administered 11,226 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Second doses now number 9,507. The vaccine administered is Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson. Note: J&J – a one dose vaccine – is added as a first shot.
Third shots (Moderna/Pfizer) administered now number 200.
The total number of Columbia County residents by all vaccine providers, as shown on the NYS COVID-19 vaccine tracker website:
37,872 have completed the vaccine series. 41,555 have received at least one dose, or 69.4 percent of the county’s 59,916 population.79.3 percent of the county’s over-18 population has received at least one shot.
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.
COVID-19 TESTING SITES (as of 8-2-2021)
Those seeking testing are advised to contact the site for insurance eligibility and testing hours.
New York State DOH, 888-364-3065. CMH Copake Rapid Care, call for appointment, 518-329-3902. CMH Valatie Rapid Care, call for appointment, 518-758-4300. WellNow Urgent Care, Hudson, 518-267-3496. CVS-Valatie, call for appointment, 518-758-2200. Pine Plains Pharmacy, online preregistration required, 518-398-5588. CareMount Medical Urgent Care, Rhinebeck. CVS-Red Hook, call for appointment, 845-758-9612.
Also, Community Care Physicians, Latham, 518-863-3600. Whitney Young, Albany, 518-465-4771. Priority 1 Urgent Care, Guilderland, 518-867-8040. Rite Aid-Colonie, 518-240-1456. Central Med Urgent Care, Albany, 518- 240-1456. Walgreens Rapid Testing, 518-426-2976. EmUrgentCare, Albany, Saugerties, West Coxsackie, Guilderland, 518-264-9000 for all locations.

On Tuesdays between the hours of 1 to 3:30 p.m., the Columbia County Department of Health offers COVID-19 vaccinations at its 325 Columbia Street, Hudson location. Every third Tuesday of the month, the immunization clinic runs from 1-6 p.m. Walk-ins are accepted but appointments are strongly encouraged.

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.

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.
LabCorp currently offers an at-home COVID-19 test at 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.
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 coronavirus website, with up-to-the-minute information, can be located at Every Tuesday and 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.

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