Albany County has hit an important milestone when it comes to getting residents vaccinated.

Officials say as of Wednesday, 70 percent of all county residents have now received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 64.2% now fully vaccinated against the virus. This comes as 48 new cases were reported in the county in the last 24 hours.

The infection rate remained flat at 4.6%, which is in line with the Capital Region's overall rate. Hospitalizations in the county are up to 29, with six people currently in intensive care.

County Executive Dan McCoy says health officials continue to see a higher rate of unvaccinated residents requiring hospitalization due to the virus, and is calling on any remaining unvaccinated residents to get their shot as soon as possible.