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

Discusses State Small Business Loan Fund & Announces New Virtual NARCAN Training

Post Date:05/23/2020 11:52 am

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy announced today that as of this morning, there are now 1,625 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Albany County, an increase of 6 over the last 24 hours. Additionally, there are now 906 people under mandatory quarantine and 3 people under precautionary quarantine. To date, 4,187 individuals have completed quarantine, with 1,153 of them having tested positive and recovered.

With 28 people currently hospitalized, the hospitalization rate for Albany County stands at 1.72%, up slightly from 1.66% yesterday. There is currently one person in an Intensive Care Unit, unchanged from yesterday.

Kema’s Kreations founder and owner Kema Maxwell joined the County Executive to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed her business and impacted her in recent months. Maxwell was laid off from her full-time job and was able to transition her own business from sewing bags to making face masks. She has received a $20,000 grant from the Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region and employs two people. Her masks may be found at www.kemaskreations.com

The County Executive also talked about Governor Cuomo’s recently announced $100 million loan fund for small businesses that will open for pre-applications at noon on May 26. Find out more about the New York Forward Loan Fund.

While the thirty reported overdoses linked to fentanyl-laced crack cocaine did not involve Albany County residents, the county has seen a small uptick in the number of overdoses compared to last year’s numbers. In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, County Executive McCoy announced today that the county’s monthly free Opioid Overdose Prevention Training sessions in partnership with Project SAFE Point have been postponed and will now be offered weekly via ZOOM. Every Tuesday at 11am participants can learn how to spot the signs of an overdose and how to use the overdose-reversing antidote NARCAN. Accessing free NARCAN kits will be addressed during the training.

The County Executive also announced that Shaker Place Rehabilitation and Nursing Center is receiving $675,000 in federal funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act that will ensure the county facility continues to offer the highest level of care to residents during these challenging times.

NY Forward Business Reopening Safety Plan Templates do not need to be submitted to the state. They do however need to be completed and kept on the premises for all businesses, including the essential businesses that have been operating throughout the shutdown. The plan must include how owners will implement state mandated guidelines to stop the spread of the virus, including the stockpiling of PPE, maintaining six feet of social distance, and ensuring hand hygiene, health screenings and proper protocols if an employee tests positive for COVID-19. The Business Reopening Lookup Tool will allow owners to look up whether or not their business is eligible to reopen and also access the industry specific health and safety criteria one must follow.

Next week’s schedule for Albany County’s walk-up mobile testing sites is below and is posted on the county website. To date, 1,377 people have gotten tested at the Albany County sites. 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

  • Tuesday: 9:00am – 12noon
  • Wednesday: 1:30 – 4:00pm
  • Thursday: 1:30 – 4:00pm
  • Friday: 9:00am – 12noon

Rotating Locations & Dates for the Week of May 26

Each week the mobile sites will rotate morning & afternoon testing. The full updated schedule can be found here.

  • Tuesday, May 26
    • 9:00am – 12noon: Watervliet Health Center, 1804 Second Ave, Watervliet
    • 1:30 – 4:00pm: Front of the Rensselaer County Administration Building, 1600 7th Ave, Troy
  • Wednesday, May 27
    • 1:30 – 4:00pm: Capital South Campus, 20 Warren St, Albany
  • Friday, May 29
    • 9:00am – 12noon: Watervliet Health Center, 1804 Second Ave, Watervliet
    • 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. 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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