County Executive McCoy Provides an Update on the COVID-19 Response in Albany County
Announces Reopening Plan Approved
Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy announced today that as of this morning, there are now 1,451 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Albany County, an increase of 26 over the last 24 hours. The five-day average of daily new positive cases is now at 17.6. Additionally, there are now 852 people under mandatory quarantine and 6 people under precautionary quarantine. To date, 3,727 individuals have completed quarantine, with 957 of them having tested positive and recovered.
Sadly, a county resident passed away overnight – a woman in her 90’s with underlying health conditions. That brings the county’s death toll to 68. With 30 people now hospitalized, the hospitalization rate for Albany County stands at 2.06%, up slightly from 2.03% yesterday. The number of those individuals who are in Intensive Care Units (ICU) is now at seven, up one since yesterday’s briefing.
Albany County Department of Mental Health Director Dr. Stephen Giordano also joined the County Executive for the daily briefing to discuss the expansion of the Mental Health Support Line. Giordano announced Albany County’s Emergency/Disaster Mental Health Response Team (EDMHRT) is an extension of the Mobile Crisis Team and had been answering the Mental Health Support Line.
“The approval of our reopening plan by the Regional Control Room demonstrates that the Capital Region is ready to safely get back to business and establish our new normal once we have completed the metrics. I believe that will be soon as we have shown the state the discrepancies in hospitalization numbers and we will continue to monitor those metrics,” said County Executive McCoy. Click on Reopening Plan to see the details.
“When this virus began impacting our area, we immediately created our Mental Health Support Line for those who needed to talk to someone to share his/her anxiety and feelings at a stressful time. It has been successful with over 275 calls so far and the expansion of family support services,” he continued.
Giordano explained that the EDMHRT is trained in mass casualty events to support families in loss and grief. It has been assisting in handing out cloth masks to mental health agencies.
During the briefing, County Executive McCoy took time to thank Brawn Media for donating N95 masks for staff at Shaker Place Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. They also held a parade outside the nursing home for residents, bringing their dogs as well, and brought cookies for the staff.
The County Executive continues to hear from many people who are interested in contact tracing opportunities with the state.
The schedule for Albany County’s walk-up mobile testing sites this week is below, and is posted on the Albany County website. 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
- Monday: 1:30 – 4:00pm
- Tuesday: 9:00am – 12 noon
- Wednesday: 1:30 – 4:00pm
- Thursday: 1:30 – 4:00pm
- Friday: 9:00am – 12 noon
Rotating Locations & Dates for the Week of May 18
Each week the mobile sites will rotate morning & afternoon testing. The full updated schedule can be found here.
- Monday, May 18, 1:30 – 4:00pm
Watervliet Health Center, 1804 Second Ave, Watervliet
- Tuesday, May 19, 1:30 – 4:00pm
Front of the Rensselaer County Administration Building, 1600 7th Ave, Troy
- Wednesday, May 20, 1:30 – 4:00pm
Capital South Campus, 20 Warren St, Albany
- Thursday, May 21, 9:00am – 12 noon
Watervliet Health Center, 1804 Second Ave, Watervliet
- Friday, May 22, 1:30 – 4:00pm
Front of Rensselaer City Hall, 62 Washington St, Rensselaer
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.