Dear Guilderland residents:
In its daily update today, the Albany County Department of Health (DOH) reported that there are, on a cumulative basis, 1,375 confirmed cases, and that there are now 31 persons hospitalized and seven persons in the intensive care unit. There were no deaths from the virus overnight which left the County’s death toll at 61. There are now 913 persons under mandatory quarantine and 17 persons in precautionary quarantine. The County noted that 3,388 people have completed quarantine, including 837 persons who had tested positive and have recovered.
The County’s dashboard on COVID-19 data, which is updated each night and does not reflect the numbers shared at the County’s daily briefing, shows how these numbers have changed since March 11th: https://legacy.livestories.com/s/v2/covid-19-dashboard-albany-county-ny/dabd57f3-5285-4666-97fc-53c5bf4b8560/. The State’s website provides the same data for each county:
In his daily press briefing, Governor Cuomo stated that the number of hospitalizations continued to decline and that the number of new daily admissions had fallen to where they were on March 19th. He shared more updates about the reopening of the State in regional phases on Friday, including that, overnight, the Capital Region reached the metric for declining hospitalizations and that the missing metric was the number of COVID-19 deaths. Here’s the requirement for that metric:
Region must show a sustained decline in the three-day rolling average of daily hospital deaths over the course of a 14-day period. Alternatively, regions can satisfy this metric if the three-day rolling average of daily new hospital deaths has never exceeded 5. The first number in this cell represents the number of consecutive days of decline in the three-day rolling average of daily hospital deaths; if this number is 14 or greater the region automatically satisfies this metric. The second number represents maximum daily increase in the three-day rolling average of new hospital deaths that the region has experienced; if this number is 5 or less the region automatically satisfies this metric.
According to the updated metrics table (https://forward.ny.gov/regional-monitoring-dashboard), the Capital Region’s cell number for the missing metric is 6/6 which means that the three-day rolling average of daily hospital deaths at 6 or one more than the 5 death maximum. Please note that, while Albany County’s number of deaths has been zero for two of the last three nights, the Capital Region includes seven other counties (Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, and Washington).
County Executive McCoy was hopeful that the region would satisfy the final metric but noted that, while Albany County has a plan ready for submission to the State, that some of the other nine counties were still working on plans. He has asked that the State, when considering the metrics, exclude patients who were flown into the region for special care at local hospitals.
Please remember that, while some parts of the economy may reopen, that a complete reopening could take more than two months. During that time, our local businesses need your continued support. Please visit the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce’s online small business hub (https://www.guilderlandchamber.com/guilderland-small-business-hub/) which lists local businesses which are open, both in person and online.
Thank you for staying safe and calm.
Peter G. Barber