September 28, 2021 correction

Chairman’s press release


For the past seven days, the Columbia County Department of Health has recorded 121 new cases of COVID-19 among county residents. That number includes 16 cases as of midday today, 21 for Sunday-Monday, 14Saturday, 26 Friday, 30 on Thursday, and 14 last Wednesday.
There are currently three hospitalized individuals.
County DOH Director Jack Mabb noted that the in-county infection positivity rate stands at 6.77 percent today.
Also Tuesday, Director Mabb indicated that county DOH has revised its approach to COVID-19 testing: “In the face of the recent surge in demand for testing at the county DOH we must refocus the use of our limited testing resources on helping us uncover family, business and school clusters that will help slow the spread of the variant. We just don’t have the test kits to keep up with the pace of testing in recent weeks. Individuals who are asymptomatic are being encouraged to go to community test sites.”
Vaccination opportunities are posted on the county DOH website at
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.

As of Monday, September 27, the Columbia County Department of Health had administered 11,153 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Second doses now number 9,446. 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 13.
The total number of Columbia County residents by all vaccine providers, as shown on the NYS COVID-19 vaccine tracker website:
36,734 have completed the vaccine series. 40,436 have received at least one dose, or 67.5 percent of the county’s 59,916 population.77.3 percent of the county’s over-18 population has received at least one shot.

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 location.

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 Fridayfrom 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The telephone number is 518-697-5560.
he 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: ThosewishingtomakedonationsofPersonalProtectiveEquipment(PPE),suchasN95masks,faceshields, 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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