Coronavirus update – May 26 – 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.

May 26, 2020 -8 a.m. – County Update

  • The Saratoga County Department of Public Health Services today announced that there are total of positive confirmed 462 (+1) individuals.
  • At this time just 4 (-/+) of those individuals are hospitalized
  • The County was dealing with 50 (↓) active cases on Friday, no report over the weekend.
  • There have been 398 (↑) individuals who have recovered
  • There have been 281 (↓) persons currently in isolation or quarantine as of Friday.
  • The total number of positive cases reported in the Town of Stillwater is 10.
  • The number of fatalities in the county remains at 15.
  • A link to the newly updated data dashboard can be found at the top of the Saratoga County Department of Public Health Services’ COVID-19 website, located here.
  • The total number New Yorkers newly hospitalized as of 5/24 was 237 (↑). The net changes in hospitalizations and intubations have both been running negative for weeks now. That means fewer people are going on ventilators and getting admitted to hospitals.
  • The number of daily fatalities in the state was 96 (↑) on May 24th, with a 3 day average below 100.
  • All of the numbers continue to go in the right direction, we need to keep being smart so that doesn’t change.

FACEBOOK LIVE EVENT

Officials from Saratoga County and community partners will be hosting a Facebook Live event on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 10:00 a.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 and feature:

Peter P. Bardunias – Senior Vice President, Community Advancement, Capital Region Chamber

  • Shelby Schneider – President & CEO, Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership 
  • Todd Shimkus – President, Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce

Community members can submit questions in advance or view the stream here.

REOPENING PLANS AND PROCEDURES

As Phase One begins our reopening in the Capital Region and across New York State, there are key elements to keep in mind. Proceed with caution, reason and patience.

In order to best ensure a safe and sustainable reopening, Saratoga County Public Health recommends the following elements be part of any reopening strategy: 

  • All large gathering limitations should be maintained as far as possible into the latter part of the year to avoid super-spreader events and to provide time to evaluate appropriate density limitations to reduce the risk of disease. 
  • Social distancing and disinfection must continue to be practiced on an ongoing basis. Businesses should share their creative solutions and best practices that they employ to protect their employees, customers and the public. 
  • Saratoga County Public Health will continue, and expand as necessary, our contact tracing and targeted isolation and quarantine efforts to minimize the spread. 
  • All reopening activities should be coordinated between local, state and regional governments, while still retaining the local health infrastructure and authority need to respond quickly to locally emerging public health threats.

Proceeding with caution and following the continued guidance and reopening plans will allow us to proceed forward. We have witnessed the negative impact of the virus in other regions around the world when social distancing ended too soon. No one wants to go backwards in our efforts to return to an open state.

OVERDOSE PREVENTION

The Capital Region is seeing an increase in drug overdoses. Naloxone is an emergency medicine that can stop an opioid overdose. It has proved lifesaving in many of these incidents. If you know someone who uses heroin or other opioid drugs, you should have naloxone available and be trained to use it. Visit our website for more information about acquiring naloxone.

If you or someone you care about needs help, there are options:

  • The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services(OASAS) HOPEline: 1-877-846-7369 or TEXT: HOPENY (467369)

SAMHSA’s National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP | TTY: 1-800-487-4889, also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service. It is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups and community-based organizations.

May 23, 2020 -8 a.m. – County Update

The Saratoga County Department of Public Health Services today announced the most current stats* on COVID-19 in Saratoga County.

  *   Confirmed cases of COVID-19: 449
  *   Deaths: 15
  *   Hospitalizations: 4

*Please note that we are not able to provide updates on active cases, recovered cases and total tests during the holiday weekend. Those numbers will be updated on Tuesday.

Memorial Day Weekend

As we all head outside to enjoy and celebrate Memorial Day Weekend, there are a few important things to remember. It is still recommended that you maintain social distance and wear a mask or face covering while in shared public spaced.

Here are a few different ways you can celebrate safely:

  *   Get Outdoors – Go for a hike, bike, walk or have a picnic with your household while still maintaining social distance from others
  *   Game Night – Take on a puzzle or pull out a board game.
  *   Drive-in Movies – Local drive-in movie theaters have opened with some new rules. Be sure to visit their websites for more information before attending.
  *   Outdoor Cookout – Order from your favorite restaurant or start up the grill and have a family barbeque at home with the members of your household.
  *   Driveway Chalk Art – Thank our veterans and honor Memorial day by making patriotic driveway chalk art for everyone to see on their walks.

Remember to be safe, maintain social distance and help protect all of our loved ones this holiday weekend.

May 21, 2020 -10 a.m. – County Update

  • The Saratoga County Department of Public Health Services today announced that there are total of positive confirmed 436 (+2)  individuals.
  • At this time just 4 (-2) of those individuals are hospitalized
  • The County is dealing with 64 (-6)active cases
  • There have been 358 (+9) individuals who have recovered
  • There are 327 persons currently in isolation or quarantine.
  • The total number of positive cases reported in the Town of Stillwater is 10.
  • The number of fatalities in the county remains at 15.
  • A link to the newly updated data dashboard can be found at the top of the Saratoga County Department of Public Health Services’ COVID-19 website, located here.
  • The total number New Yorkers newly hospitalized as of 5/20 was 246 and has steadily declined since April 12thThe net changes in hospitalizations and intubations have both been running negative for weeks now. That means fewer people are going on ventilators and getting admitted to hospitals.
  • The number of daily fatalities in the state was 105 on May 20th Single-day deaths are at a three day average of 107.
  • All of the numbers continue to go in the right direction, we need to keep being smart so that doesn’t change.

EFFORTS TO REOPEN

What businesses should consider prior to reopening

The Capital Region has started the reopening process. This will take place in phases, and not all businesses will be allowed to reopen immediately. A breakdown of the businesses that are included in each phase can be found here.

As we begin phase one, it is important that businesses have their safety plans in place. Templates can be found here.

Every business should be thinking about the following things:

  • Physical spacing and incorporating distancing where possible
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Health screening process for employees
  • Cleaning protocols and supplies
  • Log of people in the building (employees and visitors)

MASK INFORMATION

As we begin to reopen, it is important to continue wearing a mask when out in public. There is a proper way to put on, wear and take off a face mask or covering. The CDC has provided a flyer you can find here on best practices. Remember that children under two years old should not wear a face mask for safety reasons. If you need to make a face covering, you can view the CDC website here for instructions on how to make a homemade face covering.

Additionally, reusable masks have been distributed to each municipality in the county, and residents can contact their local Town or City Hall to see if they are still available.

May 19, 2020 -4 p.m. – County Update

  • The Saratoga County Department of Public Health Services today reported that there are total of positive confirmed (432) individuals (+4) from yesterday
  • At this time 6 (-/+) of those individuals are hospitalized
  • The County is dealing with 73 (+1) active cases
  • The total number of positive cases reported in the Town of Stillwater has remains at 10 (+1) total.
  • The number of fatalities in the county has increased by one to 15.  This is the first death reported since April 30th.
  • A total of 338 residents of the county are in isolation or quarantine.
  • A link to the newly updated data dashboard can be found at the top of the Saratoga County Department of Public Health Services’ COVID-19 website, located here.
  • The total number New Yorkers newly hospitalized as of 5/18 was 335 and has steadily declined since April 12th.  The net changes in hospitalizations and intubations have both been running negative for weeks now.  That means fewer people are going on ventilators and getting admitted to hospitals.
  • The number of daily fatalities in the state has dropped to 105, with single-day deaths have been below 200 for since May 10th.
  • All the numbers are going in the right direction, we need to keep being smart so that doesn’t change.

FACEBOOK LIVE EVENT

Officials from Saratoga County and community partners will be hosting a Facebook Live event on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 10:00 a.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 and feature:

Aric Butts RN, BSN – Registered Nurse, Saratoga Hospital

Craig Hayner – Saratoga County Clerk

Cathleen Medick, RN, BSN – Director of Patient Services, Saratoga County

Dr. Michael Patton – Superintendent, Saratoga Springs City School District

Community members can submit questions in advance or view the stream here.

EFFORTS TO REOPEN

What businesses should consider prior to reopening

The Capital Region is on the cusp of starting the reopening process. This will take place in phases, and not all businesses will be allowed to reopen immediately. A breakdown of the businesses that are included in each phase can be found here.

As we begin to open Phase I, it is important that businesses have their safety plans in place. Templates can be found here.

Every business should be thinking about the following things:

  • Physical spacing and incorporating distancing where possible
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Health screening process for employees
  • Cleaning protocols and supplies
  • Log of people in the building (employees and visitors)

May 18, 2020 -8 a.m. – County Update

  • The Saratoga County Department of Public Health Services today announced that there are total of positive confirmed (429) individuals (+1) from yesterday
  • At this time 6 (-/+) of those individuals are hospitalized
  • The County is dealing with 72 (+/-) active cases
  • Additional statistics will be updated on Monday
  • The total number of positive cases reported in the Town of Stillwater has remains at 9 (+2) total.
  • The number of fatalities in the county has increased by one to 15.  This is the first death reported since April 30th.
  • A link to the newly updated data dashboard can be found at the top of the Saratoga County Department of Public Health Services’ COVID-19 website, located here.
  • The total number New Yorkers newly hospitalized as of 5/17 was 373 and has steadily declined since April 12th.  The net changes in hospitalizations and intubations have both been running negative for weeks now.  That means fewer people are going on ventilators and getting admitted to hospitals.
  • The number of daily fatalities in the state has dropped to 106, with single-day deaths have been below 200 for since May 10th.
  • All the numbers are going in the right direction, we need to keep being smart so that doesn’t change.

FACEBOOK LIVE EVENT

Officials from Saratoga County and community partners will be hosting a Facebook Live event on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 10:00 a.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 and feature:

  • Aric Butts RN, BSN – Registered Nurse, Saratoga Hospital
  • Craig Hayner – Saratoga County Clerk
  • Cathleen Medick, RN, BSN – Director of Patient Services, Saratoga County
  • Dr. Michael Patton – Superintendent, Saratoga Springs City School District

Community members can submit questions in advance or view the stream here.

EFFORTS TO REOPEN

The state has released its plan for reopening. It includes metrics that regions must meet before reopening can begin, the Capital Region has finally met all 7 metrics but is still in need of tracers. The metrics can be found here.

The Capital Region is on the cusp of starting the reopening process. This will take place in phases, and not all businesses will be allowed to reopen immediately. A breakdown of the businesses that are included in each phase can be found here.

While the county is looking forward to seeing our businesses open again, we cannot get there without everyone’s help as we continue to flatten the curve. It’s important to remember that the number of positive cases keeps increasing, and we must continue to take precautionary steps to mitigate the spread.

  • Practice social distancing. Stay home as much as possible, even if you feel well. COVID-19 spreads through speaking, coughing and sneezing. Wear a face mask as a barrier from respiratory droplets. Avoid unnecessary appointments. Social distancing includes:
    • Not shaking hands, hugging or kissing when greeting people;
    • Limiting visitors;
    • Maintaining at least a six-foot distance from others;
    • Avoiding gatherings; and
    • Working at home, whenever possible
  • Wash your hands frequently. Cover your cough and sneezes. Use a tissue or your elbow. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Take caution with at-risk individuals. Avoid visiting anyone who is most at risk, including the elderly and people with underlying health conditions.  Call and offer to help with groceries and to pick up other needed items. Drop off without having a face-to-face contact.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. COVID-19 can survive for a long time on surfaces where the droplets land, and can be picked up when you touch that surface and then touch your face.  Use hand sanitizer immediately after touching common surfaces when out in public.

May 15, 2020 -8 a.m. – County Update

  • The Saratoga County Department of Public Health Services today announced that there are total of positive confirmed (414) individuals (+6) from yesterday
  • At this time 6 (-1) of those individuals are hospitalized
  • The County is dealing with 72 (+4) active cases
  • There have been 328 (+2) individuals who have recovered
  • with 299 (+26) currently in isolation or quarantine.
  • The total number of positive cases reported in the Town of Stillwater has remains at 9 (+2) total.
  • The number of fatalities in the county remains at 14.
  • A link to the newly updated data dashboard can be found at the top of the Saratoga County Department of Public Health Services’ COVID-19 website, located here.
  • The total number New Yorkers newly hospitalized as of 5/13 was 420 and has steadily declined since April 12thThe net changes in hospitalizations and intubations have both been running negative for weeks now. That means fewer people are going on ventilators and getting admitted to hospitals.
  • The number of daily fatalities in the state has finally dropped below 200 to 157 on May 13th Single-day deaths have been below 200 for since May 10th.
  • All of the numbers are going in the right direction, we need to keep being smart so that doesn’t change.

Efforts to reopen

The state has released its plan for reopening. It includes metrics that regions must meet before reopening can begin, the Capital Region has met 5 of the 7 metrics. The metrics can be found here.  The eight-county region now has just two metrics left out of the seven established by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as pre-conditions for reopening — those two metrics have to do with a decline in hospitalizations and also a decline in hospital deaths.

The New York governor issued a new executive order late Thursday extending “New York State on PAUSE” to May 28. The statewide stay-at-home order, which also closed non-essential businesses and banned social gatherings, initially began in March and was scheduled to expire Friday the 15th. The new order also extends Cuomo’s emergency powers until June 13, “unless later extended or amended by a future Executive Order.” It should be noted that medical offices can stay open during the coronavirus pandemic, with the only restrictions on dentists and chiropractors, who must limit to emergency visits.

May 14, 2020 -8 a.m. – County Update

  • The Saratoga County Department of Public Health Services today announced that there are total of positive confirmed (408) individuals (+4) from yesterday
  • At this time 7 (-2) of those individuals are hospitalized
  • The County is dealing with 68 (+1) active cases
  • There have been 326 (+/-) individuals who have recovered
  • with 325 (+7) currently in isolation or quarantine.
  • The total number of positive cases reported in the Town of Stillwater has remains at 7 total.
  • The number of fatalities in the county remains at 14.
  • A link to the newly updated data dashboard can be found at the top of the Saratoga County Department of Public Health Services’ COVID-19 website, located here.
  • The total number New Yorkers newly hospitalized as of 5/13 was 420 and has steadily declined since April 12th.  The net changes in hospitalizations and intubations have both been running negative for weeks now. That means fewer people are going on ventilators and getting admitted to hospitals.
  • The number of daily fatalities in the state has finally dropped below 200 to 157 on May 13th Single-day deaths have been below 200 for since May 10th.
  • All of the numbers are going in the right direction, we need to keep being smart so that doesn’t change.

Efforts to reopen

The state has released its plan for reopening. It includes metrics that regions must meet before reopening can begin, the Capital Region has met 56 of the 7 metrics. The metrics can be found here.  The eight-county region now has just two metrics left out of the seven established by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as pre-conditions for reopening — those two metrics have to do with a decline in hospitalizations and also a decline in hospital deaths.

Cloth masks available to County residents

The Saratoga County Office of Emergency Services has provided reusable cloth masks to each municipality in the county. Residents in need of a cloth mask should contact their Town or City Hall for one.

Additionally, residents can attend one of two cloth mask distribution events on Friday, May 15 from 10:00 a.m. until noon, or until supplies run out. The locations are:

Town of Malta — Malta Town Hall, 2540 Route 9

City of Saratoga Springs — Saratoga Springs High School Parking Lot, 1 Blue Streak Blvd.

May 10, 2020 -8 a.m. – County Update

  • The Saratoga County Department of Public Health Services today announced that there are total of positive confirmed (398) individuals (+1) from yesterday reported with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Saratoga County and 6 (+2) of those individuals are hospitalized at this time.  [remember this is a cumulative total since tracking began]  There have been 304 individuals who have recovered, with 360 currently in isolation or quarantine.
  • There has been no change in the total number of positive cases reported in the Town of Stillwater, that number remains at 6.  The number of fatalities in the county remains at 14.   
  • A link to the newly updated data dashboard can be found at the top of the Saratoga County Department of Public Health Services’ COVID-19 website, located here.
  • The total number New Yorkers hospitalized at this time as of 5/9 was 521 a decrease of 51 from the previous day and has steadily declined for 28 days since April 12th.  The number of daily fatalities in the state has remained flat for the last 7 days at approximately 224.

Efforts to reopen

The state has released its plan for reopening. It includes metrics that regions must meet before reopening can begin. The metrics can be found here.

Saratoga County is stressing that businesses cannot reopen until an Executive Order from the Governor allows it.  The County continues to take action to address the Governor’s plan to reopen New York, working with the other counties in the region to reach the metrics.  Once the reopening begins, it will take place in phases, and not all businesses will be allowed to reopen right away.  The phases are outlined here.

Testing

New York State Department of Health has opened up diagnostic and/or serological testing for individuals who are employed as a healthcare worker, first responder or other essential worker who directly interacts with the public while on the job.  Testing must be authorized by a healthcare provider.  Saratoga Hospital drive-thru and the Capital District Mobile Testing Center at SUNY Albany (Colonial Quad – immediately adjacent to the Washington Ave Entrance) are available by appointment only.

  • It is important to note that there may be a false sense of security when looking at these numbers by municipality.
  • The COVID-19 virus is widespread throughout our county, and the numbers are deceiving due to the lack of testing, which should improve as we learn more about this strain of virus.
  • There is no way to capture the individuals who have the virus and do not show any signs or symptoms.  An asymptomatic person can still spread the virus to others.
  • It is especially important to continue to wear a face covering when out in public and keep greater than six feet from one another.
  • As always, clean and disinfect common surfaces, wash your hands and use hand sanitizer frequently.

If you are going to be tested this is the test you will want to have, being the most reliable.  Just remember the sooner we rush back to “normal” the sooner the 2nd wave will come.  No generation since WWII has experienced the limitations we are now experiencing.  Once we open the flood gates it will take 3 to 4 weeks before we see an uptick of cases and hospitalizations.  The one consensus we have is uncertainty and we as Americans are not used to profound uncertainty.

May 4, 2020 -8 a.m. – County Update – Facebook Live event May 6, 10 a.m.

As of today’s report from the County Health Department, there are 75 confirmed positive active cases in the County, there are a total of 364 residents that have been confirmed positive since the end of March.  The number of positive active confirmed cases has decreased by 10 since last week.  There are 34 suspected positive with 161 in Mandatory Quarantine and 5 in Precautionary Quarantine.  Current hospitalizations remain steady at 11 and there have been 14 deaths attributed to the virus.

Statewide there has been a decrease in the daily number of newly hospitalized to a level not seen since March 23rd.   The cumulative total number of statewide hospitalizations has dropped below 10,000 to a level not seen since the end of March.  The number of new deaths has also dropped to a level not seen since the end of March.

Facebook Live event

Officials from Saratoga County and community partners will be hosting a Facebook Live event on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 10:00 a.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 and feature:

  • Frank McClement – Director of Veterans Service Agency
  • John Stewart – COVID-19 survivor, Saratoga Springs Firefighter and Office of Emergency Services Deputy EMS Coordinator
  • Dr. Oliver Robinson – Superintendent of Shenendehowa Central School District
  • Gregory Connors – U.S. Government Affairs at GlobalFoundries

Community members can submit questions in advance or view the stream here.

COVID-19 While Improving is Still Widespread

  • As you may have seen, the Saratoga County Department of Public Health Services has posted data in a more comprehensive way on its website, including breakdowns of positive cases by municipality.
  • It is important to note that there may be a false sense of security when looking at these numbers by municipality. It is clear that the COVID-19 virus is widespread throughout our county, and the numbers are deceiving due to the lack of testing.
  • There is no way to capture the individuals who have the virus and do not show any signs or symptoms. An asymptomatic person can still spread the virus to others. It is especially important to continue to wear a face covering when out in public and keep greater than six feet from one another. As always, clean and disinfect common surfaces, wash your hands and use hand sanitizer frequently.

May 3, 2020 -7:30 a.m. – County Update – Masks to be handed out May 5

Covid-19 washable masks will be handed out on a first come, first serve basis, outside in front of the Village of Stillwater Clerks Office, 1 School St., on Tuesday, May 5, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

May 1, 2020 -8 a.m. – County Update

The are a total of 355 reported cases in the County since tracking began.  That is an increase of 6 total cases.  There are 81 (-5) active confirmed positive cases, 39 (+11) suspected positive, 119 (+12) on mandatory quarantine and 4 on precautionary quarantine.  The number currently hospitalized is 11 (+1), and there have been 14 (+/-) fatalities attributed to COVID-19.

The difference between the active reported cases by the County and the number of cases reported by the state is 277 cases.  As I have said all along, no one has been subtracting the number who have recovered and are not testing positive.  Although the NYS DOH attributes the tally to the individual County Health Departments, the numbers do not match.

The number of newly hospitalized in the state increased slightly today, by 21.  The daily number of fatalities fell below 300 for the first time since March 29th.

The County reports that there have been 7 reported cases in the Town of Stillwater during the reporting period.

The county dashboard is located at: https://www.saratogacountyny.gov/wp/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Data_Dash.pdf

If you haven’t already heard, schools including colleges and universities in New York state will remain closed through the end of this academic year due to the pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today.  There will be no in-person classes, but remote learning will continue.  The provision of summer school classes will be decided at the end of May.

April 28, 2020 -8 a.m. – County Update

According to a report from the State Health Department and the governor’s office as of 2PM this afternoon it is reported that there are 343 (+12) positive cases, with 11 (+2) hospitalized.  The death toll in the county remains at 12.

The number of hospitalizations per day in the state continues to decrease and has done so since April 4th and is now under 1,000 total.  The total number hospitalized in the state has also decreased and has done so since April 12th.  While the death toll continues to rise, the number of new deaths daily in the state has decreased daily since April 14th.

What is disturbing is the reporting is not consistent and it seems that information is not emanating from a single source which is a mortal sin in the Emergency Management world.  Its all relative and the numbers are close.  The most important fact is the numbers continue to go down.  A website containing all of the up to date information with “official” numbers as they are released by the DOH and the Governor’s Office at https://www.syracuse.com/coronavirus-ny/

Saratoga County is #23 out of 62 Counties in the State relative to the number of positive cases reported.  The greatest number is Queens with 49,929 positives and the least is Hamilton Co. with 3 positives.

April 27, 2020 -8 a.m. – County Update

On Sunday it was reported that Saratoga County now has 330 confirmed cases, up 14 from yesterday.  [I have noted that it seems to spike on the weekends]  We also need to remember that testing may be revealing additional cases.  The death toll in the county has increased by 1 to a total of 12.  The number of hospitalizations per day in the state continues to decrease and has done so since April 4th.  The total number hospitalized in the state has also decreased and has done so for 13 days.  While the death toll continues to rise, the number of new deaths in the state has also decreased since April 14th.

April 24, 2020 -1 p.m. – Notice to Mariners

Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, the Canal Corporation has suspended all non-essential construction and maintenance activities, therefore the New York State Canal system will not open for through navigation of the locks on May 15th as previously announced. However, to support the Canal’s continued use as a prime recreational waterway, the Canal Corporation is currently evaluating operational options to ensure New Yorkers will have access to the Canal system, if even potentially on a regional basis, this season. We recognize that this is an extraordinarily difficult time and are sensitive to potential hardships Canal stakeholders, as well as many other New Yorkers, may experience. The situation with COVID-19 is ever-evolving and we are trying to adapt our plans accordingly. Future updates will be posted through our Notice to Mariners program. We appreciate your patience.

For updates and information, please visit Canals.NY.gov or follow us on Facebook or Twitter

April 23, 2020 -8 a.m. – County Update

As of this morning, we have 293 positive cases, 10 hospitalizations (2 patients were discharged yesterday), and 4 on vents.

In other news, Public Health is working with staff from the Planning Department and are developing a dashboard of COVID related data for Saratoga County similar to what Johns Hopkins uses (cases by zipcode, charts and graphs displaying case counts, testing, etc.).

April 22, 2020 -8 a.m. – County Update

The Saratoga County Department of Public Health Services today announced that there are 290 (+13) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Saratoga County and 12 (+1) of those individuals are hospitalized at this time.

Officials from Saratoga County hosted a Facebook Live event this morning to answer questions from residents related to COVID-19. The hour-long event was hosted on the Saratoga County Office of Emergency Services Facebook page and community members can re-watch the stream here.

Face masks must be worn IF individuals are out in public and especially while doing essential shopping for groceries or at the pharmacy.

They must also be worn if individuals are:

  • In a situation where one is unable to maintain a six-foot distance
  • Traveling in a public or private transportation carrier or for hire-vehicle (i.e., bus, train, taxi, Uber, Lyft)

April 21, 2020 – noon – County update – Facebook Live event April 22

The Saratoga County Department of Public Health Services today announced that there are 272 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Saratoga County and 13 of those individuals are hospitalized at this time.

Facebook Live event

Officials from Saratoga County will be hosting a Facebook Live event on Wednesday, April 22,  at 10:00 a.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 and feature:

  • Jennifer McCloskey, Director of Employment and Training
  • Dr. Michael Prezioso, Commissioner of Mental Health and Addictive Services
  • Tina Potter, Commissioner of Social Services

Community members can submit questions in advance or view the stream here.

April 18, 2020 – 8 a.m. – County update

The Saratoga County Department of Public Health Services today announced that there are 259 (+6) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Saratoga County and 11 (-3) of those individuals are hospitalized at this time. The Department also confirmed the county’s eighth and ninth deaths from COVID-19 — a 61-year-old male from Clifton Park and a 77-year old male from Mechanicville.

The importance of masks and how to make your own

Earlier this week, Governor Cuomo released a new Executive Order declaring that anyone who is out in public must wear a mask if social distancing is not possible.

That being said, the Department of Public Health Services is aware of mask shortages.  The CDC has a helpful resource on its website outlining how to wear a mask and instructions on how to make a homemade mask.  That link can be accessed here. Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing. Be sure to wash your homemade mask often.

April 17, 2020 – 8 a.m. – County update – Poster Contest

The Saratoga County Department of Public Health Services today announced that there are 253 (+7 much better!!) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Saratoga County and 14 (+/-) of those individuals are hospitalized at this time.  The Department is also saddened to report the county’s seventh death from COVID-19 — a 91-year-old female.

Poster Contest for Students

Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo (R,C,I) today announced a COVID-19 poster contest for students in grades K-12 in Saratoga County. The theme is ‘What Saratoga County First Responders Mean To Me.’

Students of all ages from Saratoga County are invited to participate in designing a poster illustrating what a Saratoga County first responder means to them. Artists should consider incorporating one of the following:

  • Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office
  • Saratoga County Public Health
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Fire Departments

Posters must be received by Monday, May 18, 2020.

Twelve winners will be selected from the submissions and invited to participate in an awards ceremony at an upcoming Saratoga County Board of Supervisors meeting.   

All posters submitted will be placed on display in the public area of the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa and throughout the Saratoga County Municipal Building. The twelve winning posters will be placed on display in the Supervisors Boardroom located in the County Municipal Building, 40 McMaster Street, Ballston Spa. 

Those who wish to enter the contest can mail their completed poster (on any size paper) to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, New York 12020 or e-mail their submission to sheriff@saratogacountyny.gov.

They are also encouraged to share their artwork via Facebook and Instagram, tagging the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office @SaratogaSheriff.

Students or their parents should include the artist’s first and last name, age and grade and school. Submissions should include an email or phone number.

Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office staff members will choose the best entry.

The contest provides a creative and fun way for students to depict positive influences that first responders are leaving on the community working to stop the spread of COVID-19. By designing posters, students help to highlight the important work of our emergency responders in Saratoga County.

The importance of masks and how to make your own

Earlier this week, Governor Cuomo released a new Executive Order declaring that anyone who is out in public must wear a mask if social distancing is not possible.

The Department of Public Health is encouraging all individuals to wear a mask any time they are out in public. That being said, we are aware of mask shortages. The CDC has a helpful resource on its website outlining how to wear a mask and instructions on how to make a homemade mask. That link can be accessed here. Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing. Be sure to wash your homemade mask often.

Remember that with cloth masks, if you can hold cloth up to the light and readily see through it your mask will not help you.  Most homemade masks are two layers of material with a pocket in between.  In that pocket goes filter material, which can be a cut out HVAC filter, coffee filter, dairy filter or some other filter material.

Other reminder that if you are out walking – be seen with hi visibility clothing, vest or some other brightly colored piece of clothing.

April 14, 2020 – 7 a.m. – County update

The Saratoga County Department of Public Health today announced that there are 229 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Saratoga County and 15 of those individuals are hospitalized at this time.

To date, the County has discharged 121 individuals from isolation. Of these individuals, 104 were confirmed positives and 17 were presumed positive. A total of 614 have been discharged from quarantine.

The sixth county death, which was reported on Sunday, was an 86-year-old male who spends his winters in New Jersey and died there.

The importance of masks and how to make your own

The Department of Public Health is encouraging all individuals to wear a mask any time they are out in public. That being said, we aware of mask shortages. The CDC has a helpful resource on its website outlining how to wear a mask and instructions on how to make a homemade mask. That link can be accessed here.

Social distancing and quarantine

The Saratoga County Department of Public Health is reminding people to continue to practice physical distancing and limit interaction with others. The virus can spread from one person to another, even if the carrier is asymptomatic. Minimizing interactions between people will help prevent the spread and flatten the curve.

If you know you have been exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, do not wait for the phone call from the Department of Public Health. Immediately go home and self-quarantine from others. Quarantine is a way to help limit the spread of a contagious disease and is meant to keep a person separate from others before illness sets in. We know that the virus can be spread up to 48 hours before symptoms appear. That is why it is crucial to practice social distancing and wear a mask in public.

Do not run out to get tested right away after an exposure because the virus takes a while to incubate before a test will read positive. Should a test be taken too early, it will read negative but could give a false sense of security due to the time it takes for the virus to incubate. It can take anywhere from two to 14 days for the virus to read as positive on a test. Even if the test is done early, you will need to remain in quarantine for 14 days.

As a reminder, some people never get symptoms, and some have only mild symptoms, like loss of taste or smell. Not everyone gets a fever. The Department of Public Health is here to answer your questions. Follow all the recommendations from the County, State and Federal health departments as no one is exempt from getting this virus. Stay home and stay safe!

April 11, 2020 – 8 a.m. – County update

The Saratoga County Department of Public Health today announced that there are 210 (+16+) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Saratoga County and 12 (+2) of those individuals are hospitalized at this time.

Saratoga County Department of Public Health is reiterating its message that people continue to practice physical distancing and limit interaction with others during this holiday weekend. The virus can spread from one person to another, even if the carrier is asymptomatic. Minimizing interactions between people will help prevent the spread and flatten the curve.

Today’s numbers indicate a jump in both the number of cases which could be due to better testing, but the number of hospitalizations have also risen.  Do not let your guard down at this time as this virus continues to infect members of our communities.  You have seen the result of this illness and the toll it has taken on our communities.  The reported recovery rate is approximately 22% of those reported to be infected with approximately 6% of those reported to be infected have succumbed to the illness. Note that the national daily increase also increased significantly according to the John Hopkins resource center. (coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html)

April 10, 2020 – 8 a.m. – County update

The Saratoga County Department of Public Health today announced that there are 194 (+10) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Saratoga County and 10 (+/-)of those individuals are hospitalized at this time.

As we enter into a holiday time that is normally celebrated with family gatherings, the Saratoga County Department of Public Health is reminding people to practice physical distancing and limit interaction with others. The virus can spread from one person to another, even if the carrier is asymptomatic. Minimizing interactions between people will help prevent the spread and flatten the curve.

SARATOGA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN PLANS TO APPOINT COVID-19 Ad Hoc COMMITTEE

The Saratoga County Board of Supervisors will be asked by Chairman Preston Allen to create a committee to further oversee the county’s response and resource allocation in the fight against COVID-19 in the community. This committee is the next step in addressing the short-term and long-term needs of our residents based on the growing number of cases across Saratoga County.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Preston Allen has reached out to seven supervisors who he would like to appoint to this committee and has asked Northumberland Supervisor Bill Peck, Public Safety Chair, to lead this ad hoc committee.

Along with Supervisor Peck, the following supervisors will be appointed to serve on this committee once it receives the approval of the Board of Supervisors:

Town of Saratoga Supervisor Tom Wood, Chair of the Human Resource & Insurance Committee

  • Town of Charlton Supervisor Alan Grattidge, Chair of the Public Works Committee
  • Town of Waterford Supervisor Jack Lawler, Chair of the Economic Development Committee
  • Town of Malta Supervisor Darren O’Connor, Member Health and Social Services Committee
  • Town of Milton Supervisor Benny Zlotnick, Member Health and Social Services Committee
  • City of Saratoga Springs Supervisors Matt Veitch, Chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee

“This group of supervisors will lead us through the county’s response to COVID-19 in the months to come.  All have been involved in our efforts over the last month, and they are committed to helping us get through this uncertain future.  We must continue to work together to flatten the curve, and this committee will help oversee and organize county resources to further support this task. We also want to remind the public that everyone has a role in the community’s recovery.  We are encouraging everyone to stay home and help stop the spread,” said Chairman Allen.

“I thank Chairman Allen for appointing me as Chair of this crucial committee.  Our work here is important, and our County staff has done a tremendous job in their fight to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on our communities.  We will ensure that our communities have adequate resources to combat this virus and continue to support the residents as we work together to flatten the curve,” said Supervisor Peck.

The County has taken proactive steps to reduce expenditures to only those which are mandated or specifically related to maintaining critical services for our residents including COVID-19 response efforts. This committee will be tasked with identifying what financial challenges exist on both the expense and revenue sides of the operating budget and make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on what actions can be taken to address these challenges.

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