Albany leaders hold COVID-19 conference, re-instate mask mandate

Published: Aug. 4, 2021 at 10:03 AM EDT
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ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Albany and Dougherty County leaders held a press conference Wednesday morning regarding COVID-19.

Albany Mayor Bo Dorough said the city’s mask mandate is back in effect after reaching the threshold for reinstating the mandate.

Dr. James Black, Phoebe Putney Health System medical director of emergency services, addressed the delta variant of the coronavirus.

“This virus has gotten smarter,” Black said.

Black said a COVID-19 vaccine is the best source of protection against the virus. He encouraged those that are unvaccinated to “stop waiting.”

Dougherty County Commission Chairman Chris Cohilas emphasized how the vaccine protects you.

Cohilas said there have been some breakthrough infections where vaccinated people still contract the virus.

But, he said the statistics and research shows you are less likely to get seriously sick or die from COVID-19 if you have the virus.

“While we know it’s not 100 percent effective all the time, we absolutely know that those people who do get the virus who have been vaccinated, have far better outcomes than those who do not,” Cohilas said.

The commission chairman also said he believes the more our community is vaccinated, the faster we can go about our normal, everyday lives.

Dougherty County Health Department Director Vamella Lovett said all three COVID-19 vaccines are offered at the health department.

COVID-19 Press Conference

COVID-19 Press Conference - 8/4/2021

Posted by Dougherty County Georgia Government on Wednesday, August 4, 2021

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