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County Executive McCoy Provides Update on COVID-19 and Announces Policy Changes to Protect Seniors

Post Date:03/18/2020 12:07 pm
Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy today provided an update on the situation surrounding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) alongside County Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen and Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, Sr. 

There are now 41 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Albany County, and it was discovered last night that one of those individuals is an Albany County Sheriff’s Deputy. There are also 126 people under mandatory quarantine and 441 people under precautionary quarantine.

“As I’ve said time and time again, this situation is rapidly evolving and we in government are adapting on the ground in real time. While we know it’s not only the older population who can spread the virus and could be in danger, all levels of government are taking steps to protect seniors, including the transition our senior congregate restaurant program, ‘Go and Dine,’ to order and pick up only,” said County Executive McCoy.

“Building on that, we’ve cut county staffing by over 54%, excluding our 24-hour facilities some of which that are on the frontlines of this pandemic. Those include our Department of Health, the Sheriff’s Office, the Albany County Correctional Facility, Albany County Water Purification District and Shaker Place. We also understand that staying at home for long periods of time can be difficult and we continue to look at ways to connect residents with mental health services remotely,” he continued. 

If you are placed under precautionary quarantine, the County Health Department warns that it is absolutely essential that you abide by those guidelines and remain in your home to prevent the spread of this virus. If you do not, it can and will be changed to a mandatory quarantine that is legally binding.

If you would like to volunteer for the Albany County Medical Reserve Corps to help the response to COVID-19, please visit the below website to register. For additional assistance, you can call the Department of Health’s MRC Coordinator at (518) 447-4610:



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