Coronavirus (COVID-19) One-Hundred & Tenth Update

Sunday, June 28, 2020
Dear Guilderland residents:
 
The Albany County Department of Health reported today that, on a cumulative basis, there have been 1,890 positive COVID-19 cases in the County, an increase of two persons since yesterday.  There are now three persons hospitalized and no person in the intensive care unit.  The County’s death toll remains at 121.  There are 182 persons in mandatory quarantine, with 25.6% being health care workers.  The highest number of positive cases is 336 for persons in their 20s.    
 
State DOH reported that there were 61,723 diagnostic tests yesterday in the State with 807 positives or about 1.3% of those tested.  The State’s seven-day average remained at 1.0%.  The Capital Region had 3.039 cases with 22 positives or about 0.8%, and a seven-day rolling average remaining at 1.0%: https://forward.ny.gov/percentage-positive-results-region-dashboard
 
In Albany County, the positive percentage declined to 0.9% (7 positive out of 799 tests), with the seven-day rolling average at 0.9%:  https://legacy.livestories.com/s/v2/covid-19-dashboard-albany-county-ny/dabd57f3-5285-4666-97fc-53c5bf4b8560/  Since the pandemic’s start, the County has tested 46,539 persons, with 2,091 positives or a 4.5% positive rate.  This data should help establish the metrics for the Capital Region’s opening in Phase 4 on Wednesday, July 1st.
 
Other data this weekend showed the State’s dramatic improvement in controlling the virus.  The State’s three-day average of deaths is now 16, the lowest since the outbreak and far less than the 800 deaths at the peak.  The State’s number of hospitalizations is now 915, also the lowest since the start of the pandemic.  
 
Over the weekend, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added “congestion or runny nose” to its list of 11 COVID-19 symptoms which may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html The updated list of symptoms is congestion or runny nose, cough, diarrhea, fatigue, fever or chills, headache, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, nausea or vomiting, new loss of taste or smell, and sore throat.
 
Yesterday’s Executive Order 202.45 has caused confusion with its blanket extension of 14 Executive Orders without an end date.  https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20245-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency  It probably means that what we have been doing for the past three months will largely continue until the Governor takes further action.  
 
There has been no further action by the State on allowing visits to nursing homes, the reopening of small stores in malls, or even playing mini-golf in New York.  
 
Thank you for continuing to stay safe and calm.
 
Peter G. Barber
Town Supervisor