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County Executive Provides Update on COVID-19

Post Date:03/22/2020 11:10 am

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Masks by M.N. Bird Co., Watervliet

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy announced today with Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, Sr. that there are now 115 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Albany County. Additionally, there are now 318 people under mandatory quarantine and 634 people under precautionary quarantine. With six individuals being hospitalized, the hospitalization rate now stands at just over 5%.

“While we continue to respond to this pandemic and everyone is forced to make sacrifices, I’m reminded of how New Yorkers rise to the occasion for the greater good of our community. We have seen so many individuals stepping up to the plate, from government officials to companies like M. N. Bird in Watervliet who went above and beyond to make desperately needed protective masks for our healthcare workers at Albany Med. I couldn’t be more proud,” said County Executive McCoy. 

County Executive McCoy 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

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