ALBANY— There are 52 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Albany County as of Thursday, March 19, according to County Executive Dan McCoy.
This marks 11 new cases since yesterday. McCoy did not specify where exactly in the county are these new cases in though. There are also 297 people now under mandatory quarantine and 443 people under precautionary quarantine.
He has warned that as the number of people being tested increases, the number of confirmed cases will increase.
The Albany County Health Department advises that if you have voluntarily quarantined, stay at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you do not, it can and will evolve into a mandatory quarantine that is legally binding.
There are 21 confirmed cases in Saratoga County, as of Thursday, March 19, 18 in Schenectady County, and six in Rensselaer County.
Meanwhile, the Albany County Legislature has postponed the March 24 public hearings on fixing the nickel paper bag fee that it had passed previously but was not done in the appropriate manner and tire burning at the Coeymans concrete plant. The hearings have not yet been rescheduled.
The public hearing on amendments to the 200-24 Capital Program is happening as scheduled on March 24 in the Legislative Chambers at 7:15 p.m. The meeting will be livestreamed and only one speaker will be allowed in the chambers at the same time. If the public wants to weigh in, they can contact the Clerk of the Legislature to provide written comments that will be included in the hearing record. Or, the public can call the clerk at 518-447-7168 to leave a voicemail message which will also be included in the official record.
For more information on CODIV-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html, the state Department of Health’s website at www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus or the county Department of Health’s website at www.albanycounty.com/departments/health/2019-novel-coronavirus.