Former NFL player named community health development coordinator in Albany County COVID update

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ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – Albany County Manager Dan McCoy was joined by former NFL player Dion Lewis during a COVID-19 update. Lewis was appointed as the County’s Community Health and Wellness Development Coordinator to help build trust with residents and connect them to services.

“We have a great opportunity because Dion is a role model, especially with young men, and one of the lessons we’ve learned over the past 22 months in the face of COVID is that some people can be skeptical of people. government,” McCoy said. “Dion is a credible messenger and can help us break through these barriers.”

“I wanted to come back and share my passion for giving back to my community — to a city that has helped me become the man I am today,” Lewis said. “A lot has changed here since I was younger, and not everything is good. I want to do everything I can to make a difference and reach people who need their faith restored. This will be my job of motivating and informing the community of all the resources the county has and could benefit from.

During the COVID update, McCoy announced another COVID death – a man in his 60s. The death toll in Albany County now stands at 440 since the start of the pandemic.

“It is another sad day as I report the loss of another Albany County resident to COVID-19 and send my condolences to their families. It is important that we remember what it was like the situation around this time last year, before the holiday season, because we know that was when we saw an alarming spike in infections and soon after, hospitalizations and deaths,” said said McCoy.

The county has reported 115 new positive COVID cases and 103 recoveries since Tuesday. The county’s five-day average of daily new positive cases is 104.2. There have been eight new hospitalizations in the county and 41 residents are now hospitalized with COVID. Four patients are in intensive care.

As of Tuesday, 75% of all Albany County residents received at least the first dose of the vaccine and 67.5% were fully vaccinated. The first-dose vaccination rate for the county’s population 18 and older is 84.6%.

Upcoming school vaccination clinics

  • November 30 from 10 a.m. to noon at Albany International Airport (exact location TBD).
  • December 2 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Menands Union Free School
  • December 8 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Blue Creek Elementary School in Latham
  • December 13 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Guilderland Elementary School
  • December 14 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Stephen & Harriet Myers Middle School in Albany
  • December 16 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Sand Creek Middle School in Albany

All vaccinations are by appointment only. Pediatric injection planning for the 5-11 year old population will be handled by individual schools directly with parents. Pfizer 12+ 1st, 2nd, 3rd and booster shots, as well as Moderna 18+ 1st, 2nd, 3rd and booster shots will also be available by appointment.

Residents can also receive free Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson vaccines Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., each week at the Albany County Health Department, 175 Green Street. Apart from Wednesday, appointments are now mandatory and can be made on the Albany County website.

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