Coronavirus (COVID-19) Sixty-Fourth Update

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Dear Guilderland residents:
 
In its daily update today, the Albany County Department of Health (DOH) reported that there are, on a cumulative basis, 1,386 confirmed cases, and that there are now 31 persons hospitalized and seven persons in the intensive care unit.  There was one death from the virus overnight which increased the County’s death toll to 62.  There are now 881 persons under mandatory quarantine and 19 persons in precautionary quarantine.  The County noted that 3,471 people have completed quarantine, including 867 persons who had tested positive and have recovered.  
 
In his daily press briefing, Governor Cuomo stated that the number of new daily admissions had fallen to levels before the pandemic, and that the number of COVD-19 deaths was below 200 for the third day in a row.   He announced that the North Country region was the fourth region to satisfy the seven metrics for reopening on Friday by starting with construction, manufacturing and curbside retail.  The Governor again urged compliance with health requirements for minimum physical separation and the wearing of face masks which have proven successful in the State’s fight against the spread of the virus. 
 
According to the updated metrics table (https://forward.ny.gov/regional-monitoring-dashboard), the Capital Region is now missing two of seven metrics.  As of yesterday, it was only missing one which requires five or fewer daily hospital deaths on a three-day rolling average.  The Capital Region’s number remains at six daily deaths.   As of today, the region is now also missing a second metric which requires a sustained decline in the three-day rolling average of total net hospitalizations (defined as the total number of people in the hospital on a given day) over the course of a 14-day period.  Alternatively, the region can satisfy this metric if the daily net increase in total hospitalizations (measured on a three-day rolling average basis) has never exceeded 15.  The Capital Region’s number on this alternative option is 18.  
 
The Governor announced the results of the State's ongoing testing survey to determine the extent of COVID-19 antibodies in certain populations.   The latest tested groups were the 2,750 members of the New York State Police which recorded 3.1% with COVID-19 antibodies.  For the approximate 3,000 members of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, the testing found that 7.5% of the members had the antibodies.  These results compared to 12.3% of the general population in Upstate New York.  
 
Not surprisingly, with the improving weather, attendance in Town parks, open space, and trails, is increasing.  Please remember to carry a mask with you for quickly donning if you’re unable to maintain the minimum six-foot separation.   I hope that I’m not jinxing it but it looks like we might be finally turning the corner on our weather.  Let’s hope that it’s a harbinger for our collective exit from this Upside Down World.  
 
Thank you for staying safe and calm.
 
Peter G. Barber
Town Supervisor