ALBANY — Montgomery County has made a major breakthrough in its efforts to vaccinate its large elderly population against COVID: 4,000 doses are coming its way.
County Executive Matt Ossenfort said Thursday that four 1,000-dose clinics are planned this month, two in the Amsterdam area and two in St. Johnsville. Details are still being finalized, but all will be reserved for county residents age 65 and older.
Ossenfort and other county officials have expressed frustration about the difficulty in obtaining sufficient supply of the vaccine, and about the difficulty elderly residents have had making appointments to receive it. A long waiting list has been compiled.
Montgomery County has about 9,300 residents age 65 or older, or about 18.9% of its population, according to the most recent U.S. Census estimate.
As of Thursday, 8,511 of the county’s 49,200 total residents have been vaccinated, a state database indicates.
The vaccination effort is a joint effort of the Montgomery County Office for Aging, Kinney Drugs and AgingNY, which represents the state’s 59 area agencies on aging.
OTHER COVID NEWS
In other COVID-related developments Thursday:
- The region’s largest hospital reached the one-year mark in caring for people with COVID. Albany Medical Center’s
- infectious disease unit, which was created in the early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, admitted its first COVID patient March 4, 2020.
- The 1,100-plus doses of vaccine to be administered to Schenectady County residents age 65 and older at a special event at Rivers Casino on Sunday are all spoken for. Those who didn’t get an appointment there are urged to make an appointment at the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany.
- The number of COVID tests administered in New York state now equals more than two for each of the state’s 19.45 million residents. The 270,089 tests administered Wednesday brought the cumulative total in the past year to 38,897,265. Thursday’s tests undoubtedly pushed the total north of 39 million. Of those, 1,657,777 tested positive.
- Sixty more COVID-related deaths were reported, bringing the official state death toll to 38,796. None of the new victims lived in the Capital Region or Mohawk Valley.
- The seven-day average COVID-positive test rate stood at 3.1% statewide, 1.9% in the Capital Region and 1.5% in the Mohawk Valley. At the county level, the rate was Albany 1.9%, Fulton 3.9%, Montgomery 3.3%, Rensselaer 1.4%, Saratoga 2.3%, Schenectady 1.9%, Schoharie 1.8%.
- Statewide, 5,077 COVID-positive people were hospitalized, including 118 in the Capital Region and 77 in the Mohawk Valley.