Coronavirus (COVID-19) Forty-Second Update

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Dear Guilderland residents:
 
In its daily update today, the Albany County Department of Health reported that there are, on a cumulative basis, 678 confirmed cases with 30 persons now hospitalized and nine persons in the intensive care unit (ICU).  Two persons passed away yesterday which brings the County’s death toll from COVID-19 to 23.  There are now 754 persons under mandatory quarantine and 41 persons in precautionary quarantine.  
 
The County unveiled a new website for tracking the spread of COVID-19 in the County.  The data, which will be updated daily, includes total confirmed cases and breakdowns by zip code and locality, race and ethnicity, age group, and gender.  The data also includes the number of people tested, hospitalizations, ICU admissions, death tally, and number of new positive cases.  Here is the link: https://legacy.livestories.com/s/v2/covid-19-dashboard-albany-county-ny/dabd57f3-5285-4666-97fc-53c5bf4b8560/.
 
At his daily press conference, Governor Cuomo announced that the number of deaths in the State related to COVID-19 had slightly increased, and that other indicators were unchanged or had declined including that the number of new hospital admissions was the lowest in three weeks, that the number of hospitalizations had declined for the eighth consecutive day, and the number of intubated patients had the largest drop since the start of the pandemic.  He also announced that some hospitals would be allowed to perform elective surgeries and treatments.  The Governor concluded that the primary goal was “do no harm” and that the State’s plan for reopening each region’s economy would require increased testing capacity.
 
By now, most of you have completed your 2020 Census household questionnaire.  If you have not yet completed it or did not receive the form, please visit (https://2020census.gov/) or call the Census Bureau at 1-844-330-2020.  Because of COVID-19, the Census Bureau has delayed field operations, including visits to households, until at least June 1st.  Town residents have responded well to the questionnaires but we could always do better: https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html (as of April 19th, the reported responses rates are Town (58.4%); County (49.7%), State (44.8%) and Nation (50.9%)).  An accurate and complete count ensures that we have proper representation in Federal, State and County legislative bodies, can have fairly drawn election district lines, and will receive our share of sales tax which is based upon the Town’s percentage of the County’s population.  
 
After an Executive Order, two directives, and a timely weekend clarification - all in one week -, the Western Turnpike Golf Course will open for the season at Noon on Thursday, April 23rd under strict requirements.  The driving range will also reopen at the same time.  Please bear in mind that the course will operate under COVID-19 restrictions, including, but not limited to, no gatherings, no carts, and no pro shop.  Also, you must have a pre-reserved tee time which you can make online starting at 8am on Wednesday, April 22nd at https://www.westernturnpike.com/, and by phone starting at 8am on Thursday, April 23rd at (518) 456-0786.  The Nines at Western Turnpike, the course’s new restaurant, will offer daily to-go lunches between 10:30am until dusk by calling (518) 608-1025.  A menu will be posted at the golfer’s check-in and posted soon at:  https://www.facebook.com/theninesatwesternturnpike/.  Now, all we need is better weather.
 
Thank you for staying safe and calm.
 
Peter G. Barber
Town Supervisor