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Every time Jay Tyler, Guilderland’s emergency medical services director, has put in a request for 100 doses of COVID-19 vaccine — the minimum amount that can be asked for — the answer has been the same: The super-cold cupboards are bare.

We urge our legislators to set aside politics and work to see that substantive problems raised by the attorney general are dealt with. Nursing-home owners should not be able to profit from government money meant to help their elderly residents, and staffing levels should be adequate to maintain good care.

For the first time in over two months, Albany County announced a number of new COVID-19 cases on Monday morning that was under 100.

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A total of 945 people were tested, including students, faculty, and staff at all seven buildings and only four of those people tested positive for COVID-19.

Statewide, 17 percent of hospital workers are Black but only 10 percent of hospital workers who took the COVID-19 vaccine were Black. The state is launching an advertising campaign targeted to Black New Yorkers to build trust in the vaccine.

“We have to toe the line until we get through the worst of this,” said Albany County Health Commissioner Elizabeth Whalen.

“You propose on Valentine’s Day and then you can have the wedding ceremony March 15, up to 150 people. People will actually come to your wedding because you can tell them with the testing it will be safe,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo, announcing reopening plans on Friday.

Albany County’s infection rate is now at 6.9 percent.

ALBANY COUNTY — The county has opened a Civil Service portal for people to apply for local government jobs: albany-portal.mycivilservice.com.

Governor Andrew Cuomo praised President Joe Biden’s recent implementation of testing international travelers. “These new strains are 30 percent to 70 percent more transmissible. That’s a problem and that’s why you’ll see those numbers going up,” Cuomo said.

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