Coronavirus update – April 9 – County update

COVID-19-Update

We will be posting updates on the COVID-19, Coronavirus as we receive them so please check back often. Please be proactive. Plan ahead. Know the facts. Remember that rumor and misinformation is never our friend, and they spread much faster than a virus.

April 9, 2020 – 8 a.m. – County update

The Saratoga County Department of Public Health today announced that there are 176 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Saratoga County and 11 of those individuals are hospitalized at this time.

Any resident who is in need of assistance to register their home or cell phone for the CodeRED Reverse 911 emergency notification system can contact the Saratoga County COVID-19 Hotline at 518-885-2276 and a representative will help them register.

Yesterday, Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo released a video to residents urging them to take actions that will help stop the spread of COVID-19.

The video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/EI4g3LWl0bk

“Now is not the time for social gatherings,” said Sheriff Zurlo. “If you have to go out, go alone only if the reason for going is essential.”

This message comes after recent reports of gatherings in public areas where individuals are failing to maintain proper social distancing. The Saratoga County Department of Public Health, the New York State Department of Health and the U.S. Center for Disease Control are all advising that individuals practice social distancing and avoid gathering in groups.  The County Department of Public Health is advising residents to wear masks when they go out in public so that those who have the virus but may not have symptoms do not transmit it to others.

April 8, 2020 – 8 a.m. – County update

The Saratoga County Department of Public Health today announced that there are 167 (+4) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Saratoga County and 11 (-4) of those individuals are hospitalized at this time.  The Saratoga County Department of Public Health is reminding everyone to practice social distancing if they are running an essential errand or performing their duties as an essential worker.

In cases where individuals are going outside for exercise or relaxation, it is advised that everyone practice solitary recreational activities and avoid gathering in groups.

April 5, 2020 – 8 a.m. – County update

The Saratoga County Department of Public Health today announced that there are 155 (+5) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Saratoga County and 16 (+0) of those individuals are hospitalized at this time.

The number of testing kits for COVID-19 in the area remains limited. Residents are reminded to contact their primary care provider if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.  A doctor’s order is required in order to receive a COVID-19 test, which are conducted in a clinical setting.  The Saratoga County Department of Public Health does not conduct testing and can only order testing in limited circumstances.

April 4, 2020 – 8 a.m. – County update

The Saratoga County Department of Public Health today announced that there are 150 (+2) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Saratoga County and 16 (-2) of those individuals are hospitalized at this time.  By doing your part, lets hope this trending continues!

The number of testing kits for COVID-19 in the area remains limited.  Residents are reminded to contact their primary care provider if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.  A doctors order is required in order to receive a COVID-19 test, which are conducted in a clinical setting. The Saratoga County Department of Public Health does not conduct testing and can only order testing in limited circumstances.

If you are wearing gloves out in public, don’t touch everything with them and then touch your face, and take them off properly by turning them inside out and properly disposing of them in a waste receptacle.

April 2, 2020 – 8 a.m. – County update

The Saratoga County Department of Public Health today announced that there are 139 +8 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Saratoga County and 19 +1 of those individuals are hospitalized at this time.

For those on the front lines of this war against a virus: Your work will not be forgotten nor the love you have shown others and those you continue to help.   Please stay safe everyone.

April 1, 2020 – 8 a.m. – County update

Saratoga County Residents,

As you surely know, we are living in a challenging time with an uncertain end to this public health crisis caused by the once-in-a-lifetime COVID-19 pandemic. Ensuring the safety of the public and our workforce are key elements of our support and response efforts.

Saratoga County has more than 230,000 residents, and we were the first county in the Capital Region to confirm a case of COVID-19. I can say without hesitation that I’m proud of our workforce in the Department of Public Health and Emergency Services who reacted expeditiously and diligently to implement our emergency response plan and continue to update our Incident Action Plan daily. Since my State of Emergency Declaration, county employees from various departments have been working around the clock – beyond their normal work requirements and schedules – to protect you and your families to the best of our abilities as we work to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on Saratoga County.

As part of that emergency response plan, the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors unanimously authorized a $1 million budget amendment to provide additional support to the Department of Public Health, our first responders, the Sheriff’s Office, the Office of Emergency Services, the 911 Communications Center and other county departments.

More than $750,000 of that funding was budgeted to purchase equipment, tools, and supplies needed by these departments, such as gloves, N95 masks, medical gowns, and face shields. The remaining $250,000 of that allocation was set aside to support staffing needs during this extraordinary time.

While handling this unprecedented public health crisis, our county leadership quickly recognized the need to hire more medical staff in the Public Health Department and this funding enabled us to assure we had the necessary resources to keep you, your family and your neighbors safe. These essential employees are working hard in the emergency operations center and in the community in response to this pandemic, often under stressful and ever-changing conditions to protect you as best as we can.

We have 33 separate departments and employees are working both onsite and remotely to assure that the other county operations such as Social Services, Office for the Aging, the Sewer District, and Department of Public Works, are continuing to provide service to county residents with minimal interruption.

Since declaring a State of Emergency we’ve reduced the county workforce by more than 72% even though the Governor’s executive order only requires a 50% reduction. Our staffing numbers fluctuate daily based on operational needs and currently we have several employees who have tested positive and others who have been quarantined.

In accordance with the resolution adopted by our Board of Supervisors, I hold a weekly meeting of the Chairs of our Law and Finance and Human Resource Committees and County Administration to determine the effectiveness of the current employee matrix, and it is adjusted accordingly to maximize the work we do for you while protecting taxpayer money.

Contrary to what you might read in the news, I want to assure you that the county’s elected officials, County Administrator, Deputy County Administrator, Director of Human Resources, and the Commissioner of Emergency Services have been compensated at their regular salary. The only employees getting time and a half are those who are working in our COVID-19 command center. This group varies day to day but is on average staffed with 40 employees.

As we face daily increases in cases of COVID-19 in the community, our response to the crisis will change to meet the magnitude of the challenges we face. We expect the need to modify our response frequently to address all immediate issues and our workforce needs as well. What I’m committing to you through this letter, is that the Board of Supervisors, under my leadership, will always act in the best interests of the county residents and taxpayers, and with utmost transparency, in order to do what we can to protect you from the spread of COVID-19.

Your Supervisors are here to serve you and will continue to act in your best interest. We are honored and humbled to be elected as your voice and are proud to call Saratoga County home.

Sincerely, Preston Allen Chairman
Saratoga County Board of Supervisors

March 31, 2020 – 8 a.m. – County update

At this time there are 112 confirmed cases of COVID19 in Saratoga County at this time, of those 16 individuals are hospitalized.

There are reports that people are still congregating outdoors, at parks and golf courses in groups. Social distancing cannot be practiced while riding in a golf cart or gathering in groups. The Saratoga County Department of Public Health advises that individuals maintain a physical distance of greater than 6 feet, and refrain from sharing things like drinks or towels.

Updates regarding confirmed cases will be provided daily by the Governor’s office. It’s important that we work together as a community to reduce the spread of the virus and the number of people infected. Everyone should practice physical distancing and self-isolate when they are aware that they’ve come in contact with others who are sick or have since tested positive for COVID-19. Testing is currently limited at area hospitals, and until more tests become available, we must do our best to prevent the spread of illness in our community.

We recommend if anyone has a fever, with cough or experiencing shortness of breath they should contact their health care provider. If you believe you have been exposed or that you have symptoms of COVID-19, CALL YOUR DOCTOR FIRST.  Please do not walk in to your doctor’s office or to the Emergency Room and risk exposing the staff and other patients.

March 30, 2020 – 8 a.m. – County update

The Saratoga County Department of Public Health today announced that there are 112 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Saratoga County at this time. the 112 cases + 4 since yesterday’s report, there are 16 individuals hospitalized that’s an increase of 6.

There are reports that people are still congregating outdoors, at parks and golf courses in groups. Social distancing cannot be practiced while riding in a golf cart or gathering in groups. The Saratoga County Department of Public Health advises that individuals maintain a physical distance of greater than 6 feet, and refrain from sharing things like drinks or towels.

There remains a limited availability of COVID-19 tests available in the region. The number of confirmed cases is not believed to accurately reflect the number of COVID-19 positive cases in the community. It is important that everyone continues to work together to ‘flatten the curve’ and take precautions to protect themselves.

The availability of testing at local hospitals remains limited and the criteria for testing has become more stringent. Residents who are experiencing symptoms should call their doctor, and if the criteria is met, testing will be ordered. Because testing may be delayed, it is important that everyone continue to minimize in-person interaction with others, practice social distancing, practice good hand hygiene and stay home as much as possible.

If you are a person who is over the age of 65 or someone of any age who has a chronic disease or disorder, you are considered to be at high risk and more vulnerable to contracting the virus.

All vulnerable people should adhere to the following rules for personal conduct:

  • remain indoors unless you go outside to do solitary exercise;
  • pre-screen all visitors by taking temperatures;
  • don’t visit households with multiple people;
  • wear a mask in the presence of others;
  • stay six feet away from others; and
  • do not take public transportation, unless absolutely necessary.

Businesses with surplus personal protective gear, such as N95 masks, gloves and gowns, are asked to contact the Saratoga County Office of Emergency Services if they would be able to make a donation to the county’s emergency management team.

Residents can enroll in the county’s CodeRED emergency notification system to receive updates from the county’s Emergency Management Team. To enroll, follow this link: https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BF26DE55718D

HEALTH NURSING CALL CENTER INFORMATION:

  • NYS Novel Coronavirus Hotline: 1-888-364-3065
  • Saratoga County Public Health Services: 518-885-2276: Monday-Sunday 8:00AM-4:00PM

March 29, 2020 – 8 a.m. – County update

The Saratoga County Department of Public Health today announced that there are 108 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Saratoga County at this time. Yesterday, Saratoga County reported 110 cases, but upon investigation we learned that three of those individuals did not live within the county. There is one additional case of COVID-19 reported today. Of the 108 cases, there are 14 individuals hospitalized.

On Friday, March 27th, a 95 year old woman who had tested positive for COVID-19 passed away at Glens Falls Hospital.

There remains a limited availability of COVID-19 tests available in the region. The number of confirmed cases is not believed to accurately reflect the number of COVID-19 positive cases in the community due to the lack of testing. It is important that everyone continues to work together to ‘flatten the curve’ and take precautions to protect themselves and others around them.

There are reports that people are still congregating outdoors, at parks and golf courses in groups. Social distancing cannot be practiced while riding in a golf cart or gathering in groups. The Saratoga County Department of Public Health advises that individuals maintain a physical distance of greater than 6 feet, and refrain from sharing things like drinks or towels

Today, the Saratoga County Office of Emergency Services, Department of Public Health and Sheriff’s Office continue to distribute PPE and hand sanitizer to our frontline healthcare workers and first responders.

The availability of testing at local hospitals remains limited and the criteria for testing has become more stringent. Residents who are experiencing symptoms should call their doctor, and if the criteria is met, testing will be ordered. Because testing may be delayed, it is important that everyone continue to minimize in-person interaction with others, practice social distancing, practice good hand hygiene and stay home as much as possible.

If you are a person who is over the age of 65 or someone of any age who has a chronic disease or disorder, you are considered to be at high risk and more vulnerable to contracting the virus.

All vulnerable people should adhere to the following rules for personal conduct:

  • remain indoors unless you go outside to do solitary exercise;
  • pre-screen all visitors by taking temperatures;
  • don’t visit households with multiple people;
  • wear a mask in the presence of others;
  • stay six feet away from others; and
  • do not take public transportation, unless absolutely necessary.

Businesses with surplus personal protective gear, such as N95 masks, gloves and gowns, are asked to contact the Saratoga County Office of Emergency Services if they would be able to make a donation to the county’s emergency management team.

Residents can enroll in the county’s CodeRED emergency notification system to receive updates from the county’s Emergency Management Team. To enroll, follow this link: https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BF26DE55718D

March 27, 2020 – 8 a.m. – County update

The Saratoga County Department of Public Health today announced that there are 93 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Saratoga County at this time. There are 10 individuals hospitalized +6 from yesterday.

The slower rate of increase in confirmed cases is related to the limited availability of tests in the region, not necessarily a “flattening of the curve.” The virus continues to spread throughout the community, and it is important that everyone continues to take precautions to protect themselves.

The availability of testing at local hospitals remains limited and criteria for testing has become more stringent. Residents who are experiencing symptoms should call their doctor and if the criteria is met, testing will be ordered. Because testing may be delayed, it is important that everyone continue to minimizing in-person interaction with others, practice social distancing, practice good hand hygiene and stay home as much as possible.

 Today, the Saratoga County Office of Emergency Services distributed Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to community partners who are serving seniors and other vulnerable populations. Pictures from today’s distribution are attached.

If you are a person who is over the age of 65 or someone of any age who has a chronic disease or disorder, you are considered to be at high risk and more vulnerable to contracting the virus.

All vulnerable people should adhere to the following rules for personal conduct:

  • remain indoors unless you go outside to do solitary exercise;
  • pre-screen all visitors by taking temperatures;
  • don’t visit households with multiple people;
  • wear a mask in the presence of others;
  • stay six feet away from others; and
  • do not take public transportation, unless absolutely necessary.

Dr. Michael Prezioso, Director of Mental Health and Addiction Services for Saratoga County, has a message for residents who are experiencing stress and anxiety during this pandemic.

“COVID-19 has created the perfect environment for ‘what-if’ thinking: what if I, or someone close to me, gets sick? What if I can’t get groceries or medications? It can be easy to think the worst.

“These thoughts and feelings are normal for the circumstances, though they might look different for different people. But remember, all of us can still ACT:

  • Acknowledge the situation;
  • Commit to new solutions;
  • Take care of yourself!”

Businesses with surplus personal protective gear, such as N95 masks, gloves and gowns, are asked to contact the Saratoga County office of Emergency Services if they would be able to make a donation to the county’s emergency management team.

Residents can enroll in the county’s CodeRED emergency notification system to receive updates from the county’s Emergency Management Team. To enroll, follow this link: https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BF26DE55718D

PUBLIC HEALTH GUIDANCE AND ADVISORIES

Residents should adhere to guidance issued by the State of New York and the public health advisories issued by the Saratoga County Department of Public Health.

Residents who have been advised to self-isolate need to frequently disinfect and sanitize commonly used surfaces; tables, doorknobs, light switches, counter-tops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

Saratoga County Department of Public Health Director Cathi Duncan reminds parents that children home from school should also refrain from congregating in groups and should follow the social distancing recommendations.

 Residents are also reminded that in order to be tested for COVID-19, an order is required from a medical doctor or healthcare provider. Guidelines related to testing criteria are changing as we learn more about the virus. Please consult with your doctor to learn if you meet the criteria required for COVID-19 testing. If you do not have a healthcare provider, you may call the Department of Public Health. If an individual believes they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 they should contact their primary care physician ahead of time to make an appointment.

Residents who have been advised by their doctor to self-isolate and who are showing symptoms of COVID-19 should follow the directions of their doctor, which may include: staying home and self-isolating; using a separate bathroom from household members; staying at least six feet away from other household members; resting; staying hydrated and refraining from having any visitors into the home.

If an individual has questions regarding COVID-19, they can contact the state Department of Health hotline at 1-888-364-3065.

MENTAL HEALTH GUIDANCE

Saratoga County Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services Director Dr. Michael Prezioso urges adults to remember that children have questions too. Parents and guardians should offer reassurance and answer questions in terms that young people will understand. Children will be looking to the adults in their lives to see how worried they should be. Show them how to face challenges with courage, kindness and determination.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

The Emergency Management Team is accepting donations of N95 masks and other medical supplies such as gloves, protective face masks and medical gowns. Any individual or business with access to these resources is asked to call the Saratoga County Office of Emergency Services.

SYMPTOMS AND AVOIDANCE

Symptoms of COVID-19 include: cough, fever, trouble breathing and pneumonia.

While there is currently no vaccine to prevent the virus, these simple steps can help stop the spread of this and other respiratory viruses:

Practice physical distancing and avoid handshakes.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, then use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Weather Synopsis:

Dry start to the weekend with rain overspreading the area from southwest to northeast Saturday afternoon into the evening.  The rain will persist through the remainder of the weekend with unsettled weather expected into early next week.

US Department of Labor Advisory

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has posted additional Questions and Answers regarding implementation of certain provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).   For your reference, the updated information begins with Question #15.

As a reminder, DOL previously issued the following implementation guidance pursuant to the FFCRA:

March 26, 2020 – 8 a.m. – County update

Saratoga County Department of Public Health has issued the following advisory for Saratoga County.

Individuals who are traveling to Saratoga County from the New York City and greater metropolitan area are asked to self-isolate for 14 days on their arrival to our county. During the 14 day period they should monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. We ask that you contact a healthcare provider for further directions, should you experience symptoms of COVID-19; such as fever, cough and shortness of breath.

The Saratoga County Department of Public Health continues to work diligently to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 in our county.

March 25, 2020 – 8 a.m. – County update

The Saratoga County Department of Public Health continues to work diligently to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 in the county.

  • There are 64 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Saratoga County at this time. In some instances, the confirmed cases are family members living within the same residence. The slower rate of increase in confirmed cases is related to the reduced accessibility of tests in the region. The virus continues to spread throughout the community and it’s important that everyone take precautions to protect themselves.
  • The availability of testing at local hospitals remains limited and criteria for testing has become more stringent. Residents who are experiencing symptoms should call their doctor, and if the criteria is met testing will be ordered. Because testing may be delayed it’s important that everyone work together to ‘flatten the curve’ by minimizing in-person interaction with others, practicing social distancing, practicing good hand hygiene and staying home as much as possible.
  • If you are a person who is over the age of 65, or someone of any age who has a chronic disease or disorder, you are considered to be at high risk and more vulnerable to contracting the virus. All vulnerable people need to follow the rules for personal conduct; remain indoors unless you go outside to do solitary exercise; pre-screen all visitors by taking temperatures; don’t visit households with multiple people; wear a mask in the presence of others; stay six feet away from others; and do not take public transportation, unless absolutely necessary.

Dr. Michael Prezioso, Director of Mental Health and Addiction Services for Saratoga County is urging residents to prepare for changes to our daily routines as the community deals with COVID-19 spread. He suggests a great way to cope is to ACT:

  • Acknowledge that you can’t control everything, but focus on what you can!
  • Create and commit to new routines!
  • Take care of yourself and those around you by practicing healthy habits and following guidelines!
    Businesses with surplus personal protective gear used by medical staff such as N95 masks, gloves and gowns are asked to contact the Saratoga County office of Emergency Services if they would be able to make a donation to the county’s emergency management team.

In recent days there have been more than 1,000 new phone numbers enrolled in our Emergency Mass Notification System, CodeRED. Residents can enroll in the county’s CodeRED emergency notification system to receive updates from the county’s Emergency Management Team. To enroll, follow this link: https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BF26DE55718D

PUBLIC HEALTH GUIDANCE AND ADVISORIES
Residents should adhere to guidance issued by the State of New York and the public health advisories issued by the Saratoga County Department of Public Health.

  • Residents who have been advised to self-isolate need to frequently disinfect and sanitize commonly used surfaces; tables, doorknobs, light switches, counter-tops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • Saratoga County Department of Public Health Director Cathi Duncan reminds parents that children home from school should also refrain from congregating in groups and should follow the social distancing recommendations.
  • Residents are also reminded that in order to be tested for COVID-19 an order is required from a medical doctor or healthcare provider. Guidelines related to testing criteria are changing as we learn more about the virus, please consult with your doctor to learn if you meet the criteria required for COVID-19 testing; if you do not have a healthcare provider you may call the Department of Public Health. If an individual believes they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 they should contact their primary care physician ahead of time to make an appointment. Residents who have been advised by their doctor to self-isolate and who are showing symptoms of COVID-19 should follow the directions of their doctor which may include: staying home and self-isolating; using a separate bathroom from household members; staying at least six feet away from other household members; resting; staying hydrated and refraining from having any visitors into the home.
  • If an individual has questions regarding COVID-19, they can contact the state Department of Health hotline at 1-888-364-3065.

MENTAL HEALTH GUIDANCE

Saratoga County Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services Director Dr. Michael Prezioso urges adults to remember that children have questions too. Parents and guardians should offer reassurance and answer questions in terms that young people will understand. Children will be looking to the adults in their lives to see how worried they should be, show them how to face challenges with courage, kindness and determination.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

  • The Saratoga County Emergency Management Team is seeking trained medical professionals to volunteer at the emergency operations center’s hotline. Volunteers will answer calls from residents with questions regarding COVID-19. Trained medical personnel include practicing or retired nurses, doctors, EMS or paramedic personnel.
  • The Emergency Management Team is also accepting donations of N95 masks and other medical supplies such as gloves, protective face masks, and medical gowns. Any individual or business with access to these resources is asked to call the Saratoga County Office of Emergency Services.

March 24, 2020 – Noon – County Facebook Live update

As we shared with you yesterday, Saratoga County conducted a Facebook Live event today with Public Health Director, Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services and two (2) doctors from Saratoga Hospital.  Several questions were answered by the panel that was moderated by Carl Zeilman.  I This event reached well over 5,000 people and the county received positive feedback from many in our communities.  For those that missed the event, the messaging was consistent with what we have been including in our daily media advisories – stay home if you are sick, practice good hand hygiene and social distancing, and help flatten the curve.  The measures we are taking now to reduce the spread are proven to be effective at reducing the spread (and flattening the curve) based on similar experiences with the flu pandemic of 1918.  We have no reported fatalities in the County as a result of COVID-19.

The number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in the county is within the range of 55-57 for today.  Public Health is continually performing investigations of positive test results and in some cases positive cases that are reported for Saratoga County end up being residents located in other counties.  I will report again tomorrow after our morning briefing.

March 23, 2020 – 8 a.m. – County Facebook Live Q & A Monday, 2 p.m.

The Saratoga County Department of Public Health continues to work diligently to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 in the county.

Officials from Saratoga County and Saratoga Hospital will be hosting a Facebook Live event on Monday, March 23, at 2:00 p.m. to answer questions from residents related to COVID-19. The hour-long event will be hosted on the Saratoga County Office of Emergency Services Facebook page, found here: https://www.facebook.com/SaratogaOES/There are 54 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Saratoga County at this time. In some instances, the confirmed cases are family members living within the same residence.

Businesses with surplus personal protective gear used by medical staff such as N95 masks, gloves and gowns are asked to contact the Saratoga County office of Emergency Services if they would be able to make a donation to the county’s emergency management team.

If you are a person who is over the age of 65, or someone of any age who has a chronic disease or disorder, you are considered to be at high risk and more vulnerable to contracting the virus. All vulnerable people need to follow the rules for personal conduct; remain indoors unless you go outside to do solitary exercise; pre-screen all visitors by taking temperatures; don’t visit households with multiple people; wear a mask in the presence of others; stay six feet away from others; and do not take public transportation, unless absolutely necessary.

The availability of testing at local hospitals remains limited and criteria for testing has become more stringent. Residents who are experiencing symptoms should call their doctor, and if the criteria is met testing will be ordered. Because testing may be delayed it’s important that everyone work together to ‘flatten the curve’ by minimizing in-person interaction with others, practicing social distancing, practicing good hand hygiene and staying home as much as possible.

In recent days there have been more than 1,000 new phone numbers enrolled in our Emergency Mass Notification System, CodeRED. Residents can enroll in the county’s CodeRED emergency notification system to receive updates from the county’s Emergency Management Team. To enroll, follow this link: https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BF26DE55718D

March 22, 2020 – 5:30 p.m. – Governor’s update

Mental health is a vital part of public health. To that end, I am calling on psychologists, therapists and other mental health professionals to pitch in and volunteer their services to help with New York’s Coronavirus response. To sign up, visit health.ny.gov/assistance<https://now.ny.gov/page/m/2dedc9d3/5c9b3ce8/464ed810/d50fe00/1608837771/VEsF/?g=BRCVR8Qot1Bcd4NJRhkFv4A>.

The State has identified 2 million N95 masks for purchase and will send 1 million to New York City and 500,000 to Long Island. New York apparel manufacturers are converting their operations to begin manufacturing masks and other medical equipment. Also, the state purchased<https://now.ny.gov/page/m/2dedc9d3/5c9b3ce8/464ed810/d50fe01/1608837771/VEsC/?g=BRCVR8Qot1Bcd4NJRhkFv4A> 6,000 additional critically needed ventilators. We are literally scouring the globe looking for medical supplies. I put out a plea<https://now.ny.gov/page/m/2dedc9d3/5c9b3ce8/464ed810/d50fe1f/1608837771/VEsD/?g=BRCVR8Qot1Bcd4NJRhkFv4A> yesterday asking for help and we’ve been on the phone with all sorts of companies who are really doing great work – I want to thank them all.

The Department of Motor Vehicles is closed for all in-office visits. Today, I signed an Executive Order<https://now.ny.gov/page/m/2dedc9d3/5c9b3ce8/464ed810/d50fe1e/1608837771/VEsA/?g=BRCVR8Qot1Bcd4NJRhkFv4A> to temporarily close DMV offices and shift the DMV to online transactions. License and permit expirations will be extended, so if your driver’s license is about to expire – don’t worry.

Young people: Please stay home. There is significant non-compliance of social distancing rules, especially in parks. I went down to Prospect Park in Brooklyn today to see the situation myself. This is a public health issue. Younger people aren’t invincible: In fact, 54% of New York State Coronavirus cases are ages 18-49<https://now.ny.gov/page/m/2dedc9d3/5c9b3ce8/464ed810/d50fe1d/1608837771/VEsB/?g=BRCVR8Qot1Bcd4NJRhkFv4A>. You shouldn’t be endangering your own health, and you certainly have no right to endanger someone else’s.

Drug therapy trials are on the horizon. NY Health Commissioner Dr. Zucker has recommended trials<https://now.ny.gov/page/m/2dedc9d3/5c9b3ce8/464ed810/d50fe01/1608837771/VEsO/?g=BRCVR8Qot1Bcd4NJRhkFv4A> for new drug therapy to help combat COVID-19. The FDA is acquiring 10,000 doses of Hydroxychloroquine and Zithromax for New York State to use on a trial basis.

Tonight’s “Deep Breath Moment”: Morning show host Kelly Ripa and her husband, Mark Consuelos, donated $1 million<https://now.ny.gov/page/m/2dedc9d3/5c9b3ce8/464ed810/d50fe1c/1608837771/VEsP/?g=BRCVR8Qot1Bcd4NJRhkFv4A> to help my office purchase additional ventilators and to support WIN, the largest provider of shelter for New York City’s homeless families. I can’t thank them enough for their generosity.

March 21, 2020 – 11 a.m. – County Health Department update

The Saratoga County Department of Public Health continues to work diligently to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 in the county.

There are 40 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Saratoga County at this time. In some instances, the confirmed cases are family members living within the same residence.

Businesses with surplus personal protective gear used by medical staff such as N95 masks, gloves and gowns are asked to contact the Saratoga County office of Emergency Services if they would be able to make a donation to the county’s emergency management team.

If you are a person who is over the age of 65, or someone of any age who has a chronic disease or disorder, you are considered to be at high risk and more vulnerable to contracting the virus. All vulnerable people need to follow the rules for personal conduct; remain indoors unless you go outside to do solitary exercise; pre-screen all visitors by taking temperatures; don’t visit households with multiple people; wear a mask in the presence of others; stay six feet away from others; and do not take public transportation, unless absolutely necessary.

The availability of testing at local hospitals remains limited and criteria for testing has become more stringent. Residents who are experiencing symptoms should call their doctor, and if the criteria is met testing will be ordered. Because testing may be delayed it’s important that everyone work together to ‘flatten the curve’ by minimizing in-person interaction with others, practicing social distancing, practicing good hand hygiene and staying home as much as possible.

In recent days there have been more than 1,000 new phone numbers enrolled in our Emergency Mass Notification System, CodeRED. Residents can enroll in the county’s CodeRED emergency notification system to receive updates from the county’s Emergency Management Team. To enroll, follow this link: https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BF26DE55718D

PUBLIC HEALTH GUIDANCE AND ADVISORIES

Residents should adhere to guidance issued by the State of New York and the public health advisories issued by the Saratoga County Department of Public Health.

Saratoga County Department of Public Health Director Cathi Duncan reminds parents that children home from school should also refrain from congregating in groups and should follow the social distancing recommendations.

Residents are also reminded that in order to be tested for COVID-19 an order is required from a medical doctor or healthcare provider. Guidelines related to testing criteria are changing as we learn more about the virus, please consult with your doctor to learn if you meet the criteria required for COVID-19 testing; if you do not have a healthcare provider you may call the Department of Public Health. If an individual believes they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 they should contact their primary care physician ahead of time to make an appointment.

Residents who have been advised by their doctor to self-isolate and who are showing symptoms of COVID-19 should follow the directions of their doctor which may include: staying home and self-isolating; using a separate bathroom from household members; staying at least six feet away from other household members; resting; staying hydrated and refraining from having any visitors into the home.

If an individual has questions regarding COVID-19, they can contact the state Department of Health hotline at 1-888-364-3065.

MENTAL HEALTH GUIDANCE

Saratoga County Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services Director Dr. Michael Prezioso urges adults to remember that children have questions too. Parents and guardians should offer reassurance and answer questions in terms that young people will understand. Children will be looking to the adults in their lives to see how worried they should be, show them how to face challenges with courage, kindness and determination.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

The Saratoga County Emergency Management Team is seeking trained medical professionals to volunteer at the emergency operations center’s hotline. Volunteers will answer calls from residents with questions regarding COVID-19. Trained medical personnel include practicing or retired nurses, doctors, EMS or paramedic personnel.

The Emergency Management Team is also accepting donations of N95 masks and other medical supplies such as gloves, protective face masks, and medical gowns. Any individual or business with access to these resources is asked to call the Saratoga County Office of Emergency Services.

SYMPTOMS AND AVOIDANCE

Symptoms of COVID-19 include: cough, fever, trouble breathing and pneumonia. While there is currently no vaccine to prevent the virus, these simple steps can help stop the spread of this and other respiratory viruses:

  • Practice physical distancing and avoid handshakes.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available then use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

March 19, 2020 – 1:30 p.m. – County Board of Supervisors allocates $1 million to combat spread of virus

The Saratoga County Department of Public Health continues to work diligently to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 in the county. Yesterday, the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors authorized the allocation of $1 million to combat the spread of the virus. This allocation will be dedicated to staffing and supplies necessary to execute the county’s emergency operations plan and support the continuity of county operations.

There are 16 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Saratoga County at this time. In some instances, the confirmed cases are family members living within the same residence.

“It’s important that residents practice physical distancing of greater than six feet and take measures to prevent the spread of the virus. Individuals should avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 people,” said Chairman of the Board and Town of Day Supervisor Preston Allen.

Residents can enroll in the County’s CodeRED emergency notification system to receive updates from the county’s Emergency Management Team.
To enroll, follow this link: https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BF26DE55718D

PUBLIC HEALTH GUIDANCE AND ADVISORIES

Residents should adhere to guidance issued by the State of New York and the public health advisories issued by the Saratoga County Department of Public Health.

Saratoga County Department of Public Health Director Cathi Duncan reminds parents that children home from school should also refrain from congregating in groups and should follow the social distancing recommendations.

 Residents are also reminded that in order to be tested for COVID-19 an order is required from a medical doctor or healthcare provider. Guidelines related to testing criteria are changing as we learn more about the virus, please consult with your doctor or the Department of Public Health to learn if you meet the criteria required for COVID-19 testing. If an individual believes they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 they should contact their primary care physician ahead of time to make an appointment.

Residents who have been advised by their doctor to self-isolate and who are showing symptoms of COVID-19 should contact the Department of Public Health – 518-584-7460.

If an individual has questions regarding COVID-19 they can contact the state Department of Health hotline at 1-888-364-3065.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

The Saratoga County Emergency Management Team is seeking trained medical professionals to volunteer at the emergency operations center’s hotline. Volunteers will answer calls from residents with questions regarding COVID-19. Trained medical personnel include practicing or retired nurses, doctors, EMS or paramedic personnel.

The Emergency Management Team is also accepting donations of N95 masks and other medical supplies such as gloves, protective face masks, and medical gowns. Any individual or business with access to these resources is asked to call the Saratoga County Office of Emergency Services.

SYMPTOMS AND AVOIDANCE

Symptoms of COVID-19 include: cough, fever, trouble breathing and pneumonia.

While there is currently no vaccine to prevent the virus, these simple steps can help stop the spread of this and other respiratory viruses:

  • Practice physical distancing and avoid handshakes.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available then use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

March 18, 2020 – 4 p.m. – Social distancing, other updates

Gov. Cuomo continues to urgently ask New Yorkers to stay at home even if you feel well to limit the spread of this virus and reduce the strain on our health care system. Social distancing will save lives. Here is what else you need to know:

The Attorney General is  suspending state debt collection. New Yorkers with student debt, medical debt and other state-referred debt will have payments frozen for at least 30 days. We’re doing all we can to support those suffering financially due to this pandemic.

A three-way agreement has been reached with the Legislature on a bill guaranteeing job protection and pay for New Yorkers who have been quarantined as a result of COVID-19. The bill also includes a permanent, comprehensive paid sick leave policy.

The State is calling on retired health care professionals, like doctors and nurses, to sign up to be part of a reserve health care staff. We must be prepared for the possibility of a shortage of doctors and nurses. Anyone wishing to sign up should visit this link.

Tonight’s “Deep Breath Moment”: Even though museums have closed, you can tour some of New York’s world-class museums online through Google. Take a look at the Museum of Modern Art’s collection here.

March 18, 2020 – 8 a.m. – SBA loan information

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans will become available as soon as NY State moves through the disaster declaration request process with SBA, which we anticipate happening very soon. When this occurs press releases will be issued announcing the availability of the Economic Injury Disaster Loans with detailed information on the SBA website at www.SBA.gov/disaster. Below is information about this process and program together with the attached factsheet for sharing with the public.

Any Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance declaration issued by the SBA makes loans available to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations in designated areas of a state or territory to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Once a declaration is made for designated areas within a state, the information on the application process for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance will be made available to all affected communities as well as updated on our website: www.SBA.gov/disaster

March 16, 2020 – 8 p.m. -March 17 board meeting cancelled

The 2020-21 budget public hearing and village board meeting scheduled for this Tuesday, March 17 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The DPW is closed to the general public until further notice beginning March 17. If assistance is needed please call DPW Foreman Matt Rifenburgh at 518-301-8955.

March 16, 2020 – 7 a.m.

Saratoga County Department of Public Health has issued the following advisory for businesses and residents in Saratoga County. The purpose of this advisory is to encourage social distancing to combat the presence of COVID-19 within our communities.

“All resident’s should practice social distancing as it has proven to reduce the transmission of the COVID-19 virus from one person to another” said Catherine Duncan, Director of Saratoga County Department of Public Health. “Limiting exposure will prevent a spike in cases that would potentially exceed the healthcare systems capacity to treat patients with or without COVID-19.”

Social distancing includes limiting capacity at public and private gathering spaces, expanding the physical distance between peoples to 6 to 10 feet, avoiding shaking hands or exchanging greeting gestures, hold meetings via video or telephone conference when possible.

The Saratoga County Department of Public Health continues to work diligently, alongside New York State agencies, to contain and mitigate the impacts of COVID-19.

March 16, 2020 – 7 a.m.

The Saratoga County Department of Public Health continues to work diligently to contain and mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 in the county.

There is one more confirmed case of COVID-19 in Saratoga County, an adult  Clifton Park resident. The total number of confirmed cases is four. The Department of Public Health is currently investigating this case.

Offices of the Saratoga County government will be reducing staff to essential personnel only for one week beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. All county office spaces have been cleaned and employees are being reminded to practice social distancing and contribute to the cleaning and disinfection of their work spaces. Beginning Monday, all Saratoga County DMV offices will be by appointment only.  The County Clerk’s Office is also suspending passport services and public searching.

Residents are reminded that in order to be tested for COVID-19 an order is required from a medical doctor, healthcare provider or the county Department of Public Health. If an individual believes they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 they should contact their primary care physician ahead of time to make an appointment.

If an individual has questions regarding COVID-19 they should contact the state Department of Health Hotline at 1-888-364-3065.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include: cough, fever, trouble breathing and pneumonia.

While there is currently no vaccine to prevent the virus, these simple steps can help stop the spread of this and other respiratory viruses:

  *   If you are over 60 years old and/or your health is compromised, avoid attending meeting in groups or large gatherings.
  *   Visit the grocery store or pharmacy at slow hours, where the number of people are reduced.
  *   Practice social distancing and avoid handshakes.
  *   Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available then use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  *   Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  *   Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  *   Stay home when you are sick.
  *   Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  *   Keep a distance of at least 6 feet to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
  *   Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects

March 14, 2020 – 10 a.m.

Saratoga County Department of Public Health has issued the following advisory for businesses and residents in Saratoga County. The purpose of this advisory is to provide residents and businesses with guidance related to the presence of COVID-19 within our communities and continue to offer resources made available by both the state and county health departments.

To limit exposure, the County Department of Public Health is advising that everyone exercise social distancing.

The Interim Guidance for Large Gatherings and Public Spaces During the COVID-19 Outbreak can be read at this link<https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/docs/guidance_for_large_gatherings.pdf>

The public is hereby advised the following:

  • Members of the public who are sick with COVID-19 symptoms (e.g. fever, cough, troubled breathing) or susceptible to infectious illnesses (e.g. older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions, such as lung disease, heart disease, diabetes) should not attend large gatherings.
  • Adhere to the New York State directive on gatherings of 500 people or more
  • Adhere to the New York State directive to reduce capacity of gatherings of fewer than 500 people by 50 percent
  • Businesses should implement a social distancing policy when possible, examples include remote work, contact free delivery, encouraging the use of digital communication, reducing or eliminating in person meetings
  • Residents should practice social distancing and avoid large gatherings when possible
  • Adhere to recommended daily preventative actions that will reduce the risk of getting sick

This guidance is not intended for governmental, medical, educational, retail spaces, or mass transportation facilities, including but not limited to:

Schools, Libraries, Government Buildings, Hospitals, Residential Health Care Facilities, Retail Establishments, including: Grocery Stores and Pharmacies, Public Transit Facilities such as Trains/Railway Stations, Subway Terminals, and Buses and Bus Terminals.

Large gatherings and public spaces within the scope of this guidance include, but are not limited to:

Theaters, Auditoriums, Concerts, Conferences, Worship services, Sporting events, Restaurants, Bars, Gaming establishments, and Physical fitness centers.

The Department of Public Health continues to work diligently, alongside New York State agencies, to contain and mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 in the county.

March 13, 2020 – 3 p.m.

SARATOGA COUNTY – CALL FIRST!

If you believe you have been exposed or that you have symptoms of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), CALL YOUR DOCTOR. Please do not walk in to your doctor’s office or to the Emergency Room and risk exposing the staff and other patients. If you arrive to Saratoga Hospital, you will be directed to a safe entry at a nearby testing location.

For all other questions, call:

NYS Novel Coronavirus Hotline: 1-888-364-3065

Saratoga County Public Health Services:

24-hour emergency line: 518-584-7460

F. (518) 884-4723