Dear Guilderland residents:
In its daily update today, the Albany County Department of Health (DOH) reported that there are 515 confirmed cases with 29 persons hospitalized and 12 adults in the intensive care unit (ICU). There were four deaths yesterday from COVID-19 which brings the County’s death toll to 20. There are now 663 persons under mandatory quarantine and 71 persons in precautionary quarantine.
County Executive Dan McCoy announced four new mobile testing sites to help residents in areas where data shows patients have a higher probability of underlying medical conditions that could increase the likelihood of death. The sites are walk-up and require an appointment by calling (518) 465-4771. Please visit the County’s website for information about each site’s location and operating hours: https://www.albanycounty.com/departments/health/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-results
In his daily press conference, Governor Cuomo announced that he would sign an Executive Order (his 16th) which, as of Saturday, will require the wearing of face coverings in public when minimum six-foot separation is not possible. The Governor noted that a key indicator regarding the spread of the virus was the three-day average of hospitalization which declined for the first time since the start of the crisis. The Governor said that the State was working on a staged plan, akin to building a bridge, for reopening businesses, and emphasized the importance of reliable testing. The State’s website (www.ny.gov/covid-19tracker) has County-level details on the numbers of tests and results.
Today is Tax Filing Day but not necessarily this year. As you should know by now, today’s filing date for both State and Federal tax returns has been postponed until July 15th. No late-filing penalty, late-payment penalty or interest will be due. But, of course, that does not mean that you should wait if you are expecting a refund this year or might change your eligibility for the stimulus check discussed below.
A visit to the IRS website is rarely a positive experience, but since we are in our own Upside Down world (not as bad as in Stranger Things, a good show to try during these strange times: https://strangerthings.fandom.com/wiki/The_Upside_Down), I recommend giving it a try. While at the IRS website, you can, as of earlier today, check on the status of your Federal stimulus payment (https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments). You can also provide direct deposit information for your payment, and, even if you do not file a tax return, you can provide information to determine eligibility for a stimulus payment.
As another sign of normalcy, DOT has advised that the repaving of Carman Road from Western Avenue to Coons Road by a private contractor is scheduled to commence in mid to late May. Given the pandemic’s ongoing impact on operations, this schedule could still change. The construction of the new Carman Road/Lydius Street roundabout and paving the remainder of Carman Road is still on schedule for next year, and is currently in design review. Because this project is under a Federal reimbursement program, DOT plans to schedule a second public workshop for the designed project later this year. Please visit the Town website for updates and sign-up for Nixle and email alerts and notices (https://www.townofguilderland.org/subscribe).
Thank you for staying safe and calm.
Peter G. Barber