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County Executive Provides Update on COVID-19; Announces Distribution of N95 Masks to EMS and Hospitals

Post Date:03/21/2020 11:54 am

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Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy announced today with County Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen that there are now 89 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Albany County. There are now 386 people under mandatory quarantine and 571 people under precautionary quarantine.

County Executive McCoy also announced that the Albany County Department of Health was able to hand out N95 masks that are critically needed:

“I am happy to say that because Albany County had prepared in advance that we were able to distribute five thousand N95 masks to our EMS personnel across the county as well as to St. Peter’s Hospital and Albany Medical Center,” said County Executive McCoy. “We continue to applaud Governor Cuomo for telling the federal government that these masks, gowns, Clorox wipes, and test kits remain in short supply and we need more.”

He reminded everyone of the new Mental Health Support Line that is now operational for those dealing with stress and anxiety while remaining in their homes. That number is operational 7 days a week from 8am to 5pm by calling (518) 269-6634. Anyone experiencing a psychiatric emergency should still call the Albany County Mobile Crisis Team at (518) 549–6500.

If children and families wish to send a message or pictures to residents at Shaker Place Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility who can’t see visitors now, e-cards can be sent to AlbanyCountyKidsCare@albanycountyny.gov.

For all COVID-19 questions and concerns, residents are encouraged to use United Way’s 2-1-1 hotline as well as the State Department of Health’s hot line at (888) 364-3065.

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. The Department of Health has a higher demand for especially looking for help answering phones and making calls to residents under quarantine. For additional assistance, you can call the Department of Health’s MRC Coordinator at (518) 447-4610:

http://www.albanycounty.com/mrc

County Executive McCoy with Albany County DPW workers as they head into Albany County DOH to help.

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