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County Executive McCoy Provides an Update on the COVID-19 Response in Albany County

Announces $10,000 Grant to Stop Abuse at Gymnastics Clubs

Post Date:05/15/2020 12:32 pm

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy announced today with County Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen that as of this morning, there are now 1,425 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Albany County, an increase of 27 over the last 24 hours. The five-day average of daily new positive cases is now at 16. Additionally, there are now 852 people under mandatory quarantine and 16 people under precautionary quarantine. To date, 3,646 individuals have completed quarantine, with 936 of them having tested positive and recovered. 

Sadly, a county resident passed away overnight – a woman in her 80’s with underlying health conditions. That brings the county’s death toll to 67. With 29 people now hospitalized, the hospitalization rate for Albany County stands at 2.03%, down slightly from 2.14% yesterday. The number of those individuals who are in Intensive Care Units (ICU) is now at six, up two since yesterday’s briefing.

Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center Director Karen Ziegler also joined the County Executive for the daily briefing to discuss the $10,000 grant awarded to Albany County in order to prevent abuse, sexual and otherwise, in local gymnastics clubs. The “Athletes are Children First” pilot program was created by the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and will allow the Crime Victims Center and the County Department for Children, Youth and Families to offer training to club staff, coaches and parents on best practices to prevent abuse, as well as outreach and support. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the first training was pushed back to the fall and the program’s rollout will be in 2021. 

“As we take steps to get closer to reopening the Capital Region economy, it is important that we have a plan in place that will protect residents in each of the four phases in their daily lives. While we have some time before children sports teams restart, it’s also critical that we continue to look for ways to improve our society as a whole,” said County Executive McCoy. 

“What was revealed during the sex abuse scandal involving Larry Nassar and the US Gymnastics Team was shocking and disturbing and something no child should ever have to go through. I’m proud that we were one of seven regions to be selected for this grant will help us make that a reality by utilizing our own child protection experts to educate coaches and gymnastic clubs in order to spot abuse and report it,” he continued.

During the briefing, County Executive McCoy took time to share a letter sent to him from a family member of a Shaker Place Rehabilitation and Nursing Center resident. She writes that her family, “is deeply grateful for all that you've done and continue to do for our uncle. It gives us such a happy heart to hear that he has recovered from the virus. We recognize that it is the exceptional care he receives from each and every one of you, coupled with help ‘from Above,’ which enabled him to pull through this challenge. The timely, open and frequent communication through texts, phone calls, email and FaceTime gives us peace of mind; during a time when we cannot visit him ourselves.”

The County Executive says he’s heard from many people who are interested in contact tracing opportunities with the state. You can access that information here at this link.

The remaining schedule for Albany County’s walk-up mobile testing sites this week is below, and a new schedule will be posted to the Albany County website soon. The schedule is based on demand and mobile site locations are updated weekly based on that need. To date, 1,198 people have been tested at the mobile/walk-up sites in Albany County. All testing is by appointment only, after being screened for symptoms over the phone. To be screened, please call (518) 465-4771. 

Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Center - 920 Lark Drive, Albany

  • Friday: 1:00 – 4:00pm

Rotating Locations & Dates for the Week of May 11
Each week the mobile sites will rotate morning & afternoon testing. The full updated schedule can be found here.

  • Friday, May 15, 1:30 – 4:00pm
    Whitney Young Troy Health Center, 849 2nd Ave, Lansingburgh

County Executive McCoy continues to highlight the latest testing site in Albany County at Priority 1 Urgent Care that is now also providing antibody testing, located in Hamilton Square at 2080 Western Avenue in Guilderland. The partnership was made possible by Albany County supplying the facility with critical personal protective equipment for the staff and supplemental test kits. Testing will be reimbursed by an individual’s health insurance, and will be done by appointments only after patients come in to be screened for expanded CDC symptoms. Priority 1 is also now doing antibody testing. To schedule an appointment, you can call (518) 867-8040.

County Executive McCoy also encouraged those who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms to register for the drive-thru community testing site at Rite Aid, 1863 Central Avenue in Colonie. Over 650 tests have been given there. Testing is free for those who are eligible based on CDC guidelines and are at least 18 years old. It’s available between 9am and 5pm, seven days a week by appointment only. Registration is now available at www.riteaid.com. Tests will be conducted from within an individual’s car with self-swab nasal tests and with the help of a pharmacist.

For those experiencing stress, anxiety or depression while confined to their homes for extended periods of time, the Albany County COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line is available seven days a week from 8am to 8pm at (518) 269-6634. Anyone experiencing a psychiatric emergency should still call the Albany County Mobile Crisis Team at (518) 549–6500. The 24-hour sexual assault hotline number is (518) 447-7716.

The County Executive continues to offer online videos on coping, crafts and reading, AAU karate, exercise, proper use of personal protective equipment and more.

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