County Executive Provides Update on COVID-19
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Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy announced today with Albany County Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen and County Sheriff Craig Apple, Sr. that there are now 122 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Albany County. Additionally, there are now 490 people under mandatory quarantine and 634 people under precautionary quarantine. With seven individuals being hospitalized since the outbreak, the hospitalization rate for the county now stands at just over 5.7%.
“One of the biggest challenges we face while we work to stop the spread of this virus, is to ensure government continues to function and for county residents to know that we’re there for them. That’s why we will be uploading mental health and exercise videos onto our county website and also why we’re encouraging to fill out their 2020 Census,” said County Executive McCoy. “The Census will decide how over $1.5 trillion in federal funding is allotted to state and local governments and now more than ever people will need to self-report by phone, mail or online.”
On Friday, County Executive McCoy sent a letter to local school superintendents asking for their partnership in finding school nurses and medical professionals that can volunteer at Shaker Place Rehabilitation and Nursing Center and the Albany County Department of Health.
County Executive McCoy also 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 seven 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 or visit http://www.albanycounty.com/mrc