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

Celebrates the Capital Region Reopening Tomorrow with Needed Contact Tracers Having Been Identified

Post Date:05/19/2020 12:43 pm

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy announced today that as of this morning, there are now 1,481 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Albany County, an increase of 3 over the last 24 hours. The five-day average of daily new positive cases is now at 16.6. Additionally, there are now 764 people under mandatory quarantine and 5 people under precautionary quarantine. To date, 3,906 individuals have completed quarantine, with 1,013 of them having tested positive and recovered. 

Sadly, an Albany County resident passed away overnight – a woman in her 70’s who was a resident of Shaker Place Rehabilitation and Nursing Center and had underlying health issues. That brings the county’s death toll at 70. With 30 people currently hospitalized, the hospitalization rate for Albany County stands at 2.02%, up slightly from 1.96% yesterday. The number of those individuals who are in Intensive Care Units (ICU) is now at three, down two since yesterday’s briefing. County Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen joined the County Executive for the daily announcement.

“It has been a long and difficult 68 days since the first two cases of COVID-19 were discovered in Albany County, and untold pain and suffering has been felt by our families who have lost loved ones, and even more who have lost their jobs, their savings and senses of purpose. The Capital Region economy reopening tomorrow is an exciting turning point in this fight against the pandemic without a doubt, and I want to thank everyone who have sacrificed so much to get us here, including the 430 contact tracers who have joined our efforts,” said County Executive McCoy. 

“However, we are not out of the woods yet, and I ask each of our residents from our eight partner counties to be vigilant and cautious as we enter Phase 1 to prevent another surge of infections. The Reopening Action Plan that we developed, if followed by businesses and the public, will allow us to safely transition into Phase 2 and so on and continue to get even more of our hardworking families back to work without risking the lives of our most vulnerable,” he continued.

Capital Region Forward: Our action plan for safely reopening businesses and reinvigorating the economy

The County Executive released the region’s reopening plan on Saturday, 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, along with a business pledge to follow the guidelines, 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. 

Teen Challenge

The County Executive was also joined by New York Giants running back Dion Lewis, AT&T’s Kristin Duffy and Albany PAL’s Thomas Brockley to launch an initiative to help kids stay safe during this pandemic and yet be creative so they aren’t bored and looking for ways to mass gather. It’s called #AlbanyCountySafeSafe which will challenge  13-18 year olds weekly to submit a video or photo on Instagram showing how they are meeting the challenge and staying safe. Twenty entries each week will be randomly selected and given $25 gift cards for local businesses. One entry per person per week due by midnight that Saturday. This week’s challenge is MOVE IT! Teens need to show how they are exercising/staying physically fit while maintaining social distancing. A new challenge will be issued each Monday. 

The remaining schedule for Albany County’s walk-up mobile testing sites this week is below, and is posted on the county website. The schedule is based on demand and mobile site locations are updated weekly based on that need. 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

  • 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 here.

  • 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. 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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