County Executive Provides Update on COVID-19
Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy announced today with Albany County Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen that there are now 136 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Albany County. Additionally, there are now 576 people under mandatory quarantine and 652 people under precautionary quarantine. With nine individuals now hospitalized since the outbreak began the hospitalization rate for the county now stands at just over 6.6%.
“It cannot be overstated how important it is to abide by county, state and federal guidelines in practicing social distancing. The decisions we make each day ultimately will have an effect tomorrow and could decide someone’s life,” said County Executive McCoy. “As we see the number of positive cases of COVID-19 and the number of individuals hospitalized rising in the county, I hope this will be a wakeup call to everyone and they will help us flatten the curve.”
Today marks Great American Takeout Day across the country. With restaurants closed for service except for takeout and delivery in many states including here in New York, those businesses are suffering. Restaurant associations nationwide have asked everyone to support local eateries by ordering takeout and delivery.
With a number of Red Cross blood drives having been canceled recently and supply running low during the crisis, County Executive McCoy is asking able residents to donate blood by making appointments by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or by going to RedCrossBlood.org.
He also reminded everyone of the new Mental Health Support Line that is now operational for those dealing with stress and anxiety while remaining in their homes. That number is operational seven days a week from 8am to 5pm by calling (518) 269-6634. Anyone experiencing a psychiatric emergency should still call the Albany County Mobile Crisis Team at (518) 549–6500.
If children and families wish to send a message or pictures to residents at Shaker Place Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility who can’t see visitors now, e-cards can be sent to AlbanyCountyKidsCare@albanycountyny.gov. For all COVID-19 questions and concerns, residents are encouraged to use United Way’s 2-1-1 hotline as well as the State Department of Health’s hot line at 888-364-3065.
If you would like to volunteer for the Albany County Medical Reserve Corps to help the response to COVID-19, please visit the below website to register. The Department of Health has a higher demand for especially looking for help answering phones and making calls to residents under quarantine. For additional assistance, you can call the Department of Health’s MRC Coordinator at (518) 447-4610 or register for MRC here.