County Executive Provides Update on COVID-19 in Albany County
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Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy announced today with Albany County Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen that there are now 142 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Albany County. Additionally, there are now 557 people under mandatory quarantine and 633 people under precautionary quarantine. With ten individuals now hospitalized, the hospitalization rate for the county now stands at just over 7%.
“As we’ve been expecting, with our test kits being rapidly expended, our ability to test at the community level has slowed down, which is reflected in the latest numbers of positive cases. The lowering rate of increase in positive cases should not give the public a false sense of security, and we continue to encourage everyone to practice social distancing and follow the directives from Governor Cuomo,” said County Executive McCoy. “We’ve now tested over 2,800 individuals in the county, which still does not give us an accurate understanding of how much the virus has spread.”
With a number of American 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. You can make an appointment 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.
While families are home, Albany County departments are also producing short videos to help parents and kids pass the time with everything from arts and crafts and reading to mental health tips and exercise videos. The first video is up today and more will be added throughout the week. You can see them on our AlbanyCountyCares youtube channel which may be accessed through our website.
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.