County Executive McCoy Provides an Update on the COVID-19 Response in Albany County
Joined by State Assembly Delegation to Discuss State and Local Budget Issues
Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy announced today that as of this morning, there are now 1,455 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Albany County, an increase of only 4 over the last 24 hours. The five-day average of daily new positive cases is now down to 16. Additionally, there are now 852 people under mandatory quarantine and 6 people under precautionary quarantine. To date, 3,795 individuals have completed quarantine, with 974 of them having tested positive and recovered.
There have been no new deaths or hospitalizations overnight, leaving the county’s death toll at 68. With 29 people currently hospitalized, the hospitalization rate for Albany County stands at 1.99%, down from 2.06% yesterday. The number of those individuals who are in Intensive Care Units (ICU) is now at six, down one since yesterday’s briefing.
Assembly Members Pat Fahy and John McDonald III joined the County Executive for the daily briefing to discuss the state budget deficit, issues with unemployment claims, the possible need for summer school programming and reopening the Capital Region economy, among other topics.
“It’s no secret that state and local governments across the country are feeling the pinch from diminished sales tax revenues and spending on responses to the COVID-19 outbreak. As President of County Executives of America and the County Executives Association of NYSAC, I’ve heard first hand of the dire situation leaders are facing,” said County Executive McCoy.
“Cutting vital programs or fighting the virus is a false choice, but sadly will become a reality unless the federal government steps up to the plate and approves unrestricted relief to where it’s desperately needed. During this crisis, with the fate of the remainder of the state legislative session being unknown, I want to thank Assembly Members Fahy and McDonald for their first-rate constituent services that they’ve been providing to those struggling to make ends meet during the economic shutdown,” he continued.
County Executive McCoy released the region’s reopening plan yesterday, named Capital Region Forward, which was reviewed and approved by the Capital Region Control Room and he continues to urge residents to review it. By creating a uniform set of restrictions for businesses and the general public, Albany County and the Capital Region will be able to enter Phase 1 of the reopening process soon while protecting workers and customers alike. The full report can be found at the link here.
During the briefing, County Executive McCoy took time to thank US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for securing more than $407,000 in emergency federal funding for Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Center to support ongoing walk-up COVID-19 testing that’s been established through a partnership with Albany County.
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 – 1:30pm – 4pm
• Tuesday – 9am – 12pm
• Wednesday – 1:30pm – 4pm
• Thursday – 1:30pm – 4pm
• Friday – 9am – 12pm
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 at the Albany County website here.
• Monday, May 18, 1:30pm – 4pm
Watervliet Health Center, 1804 Second Ave, Watervliet
• Tuesday, May 19, 1:30pm – 4pm
Front of the Rensselaer County Administration Building, 1600 7th Ave, Troy
• Wednesday, May 20, 1:30 pm – 4 pm
Capital South Campus, 20 Warren St, Albany
• Thursday, May 21, 9am – 12pm
Watervliet Health Center, 1804 Second Ave, Watervliet
• Friday, May 22, 1:30pm – 4pm
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 on the Albany County official website at the following link: COVID-19 Resources & Videos Link