The Albany County Department of Health issued a statement Monday afternoon strongly recommending the wearing of masks "in indoor public spaces, including private businesses."
Here's the complete release from the department:
"Due to the rising COVID-19 positivity rate, in large part due to new variants, the Albany County Department of Health is issuing an official public health advisory strongly recommending all residents, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks in indoor public spaces, including private businesses. In addition, we encourage residents to complete their primary COVID-19 vaccine series (if they haven’t already), get boosted when eligible, test when not feeling well or potentially exposed—including after traveling or attending events—and to contact a healthcare provider following testing positive to discuss eligibility for treatments.
Residents can receive free Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines (including booster shots) Monday through Friday, 9am - 3pm, each week at the Albany County Department of Health, 175 Green Street. Aside from Wednesdays, appointments are required and can be made at the link here. Anyone eligible to receive a COVID vaccine booster dose and would like to receive one from the Albany County Department of Health will be required to provide their vaccination card or the Excelsior Pass Plus in order to view the formula type, lot number and date of the inoculation.
Albany County continues to deliver vaccines to homebound residents, which includes seniors, disabled individuals, those lacking childcare and those with other accessibility issues. Anyone who would like to schedule a time for a vaccine appointment should call (518) 447-7198.
Residents who want a shot from a state-run facility should use the state's website at the link here or call the state vaccine hotline at 1-833-697-4829. For general information on the vaccine, residents can also dial the United Way of the Greater Capital Region’s 2-1-1 hotline or text their zip code to 898-211 or call the Albany County Department of Health at (518) 447-4580."