coronavirus

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.

On Monday, two different groups wrote to Governor Andrew Cuomo, urging change on vaccine distribution.

“It will be through due diligence and science that this decision will be made,” said Albany County Health Commissioner of whether high-risk sports will be allowed.

Counties with populations of at least 200,000 — Albany County has about 320,000 residents — were eligible to apply for federal funds to help landlords, County Executive Daniel McCoy said as he praised county staff for turning around an application in just three days.

“When it comes to this vaccine, access has to be fair all across the board,”said Governor Andrew Cuomo. “We’re working with 300 churches to distribute the vaccine. We’re working with public housing authorities all across the state.”

The CDC study says this about the implications for public-health practice: “Additional implementation of effective mitigation activities at colleges and universities with in-person instruction could minimize on-campus COVID-19 transmission and reduce county-level incidence.” Those were the sort of strategies addressed by three higher-education leaders in Albany County.

On Friday, three more New York cases of the high transmissible B.1.1.7 variant of COVID-19, first identified in the United Kingdom, were announced.

This brings the state’s tally to 25.

Two of the new cases are in Westchester and one in Kings County, said Governor Andrew Cuomo at his press briefing on Friday.

Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy

Health-care workers are to be vaccinated in hospitals, essential workers are to be vaccinated by city and county health departments or through unions, and people 65 or older are to be vaccinated by pharmacies and mass sites run by the state.

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