The Town of Guilderland’s most important priority is the safety of Town residents and its employees. We are closely monitoring the Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), and reviewing frequent updates from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH), and Albany County Department of Health.
At the local level, the Town’s Medical Director, Department of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Police Department are constantly monitoring the developing situation, have developed a response plan, are fully equipped and trained to handle COVID-19 occurrences, and have help prepare this update.
We are proactively acting to ensure a safe environment for residents who visit and use Town facilities, and for our employees would are ready to serve residents. The Town’s departments, including programs for seniors, court proceedings, and public functions, are proceeding as normal. The EMS and Police Department are presently rendering emergency and other services consistent with guidelines issued by State and Federal authorities.
We have placed hand sanitizers at all public counters and increased the frequency of disinfecting and cleaning surfaces. Public meetings and hearings by all boards and committees are being held as scheduled. If you are unable to attend, please remember that you can watch Town, Planning, Zoning and IDA meetings on the Town’s website at https://www.townofguilderland.org/.
Exposure to COVID-19 can occur from any person-to-person contact. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the NYS Department of Health (DOH) recommend that individuals should follow the following guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue away in a trash can.
- Avoid touching your face, including eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Symptoms for COVID-19 range from mild to severe and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms often appear two to 14 days after exposure. If you are experiencing symptoms, have traveled to areas of concern or have been in contact with somebody who has traveled to these areas, you should call ahead to your healthcare provider before seeking medical treatment in person. Even if you have not been in contact with an infected person or an affected area, but are experiencing all symptoms of COVID-19, you should call NYSDOH at 1-888-364-3065. Testing for COVID-19 in New York State is at no cost to the patient, regardless of health insurance providers.
For updates and more information regarding COVID-19 please visit the following:
- Center for Disease Control (CDC) Updates on the Coronavirus
- New York State Department of Health
- Albany County Department of Health
We will continue to monitor this important situation and provide updates on our website as necessary and appropriate. Please remember to “keep the calm.”