Dear Guilderland residents:
In its daily update today, the Albany County Department of Health reported that there are now 288 confirmed cases with 38 persons hospitalized and 13 persons in the intensive care unit. Since yesterday, there were two additional deaths which brought the County death total from COVID-19 to eight deaths. There are now 384 persons under mandatory quarantine and 72 persons in precautionary quarantine.
Local hospital administrators reported that the number of new COVID-19 hospitalizations is increasing but that rate at which patients are being admitted is slowing. About five days ago, the rate of increase was around 33% and now is below 20%. Testing has increased but remains short of the desired amount (https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-testing). The State’s website (www.ny.gov/covid-19tracker) provides more information about testing, results, and trends at the County level.
At his daily press conference today, Governor Cuomo stated that the number of deaths in the State dropped for the first time over the past few days, that the number of new hospitalizations decreased overnight, and that 74% of patients hospitalized due to COVID-19 have been discharged. The Governor emphasized that it will take several more days of data for State health professionals to determine whether the State is experiencing a plateau or approaching the apex in the spread of the pandemic. You can watch or read transcripts of the Governor’s press conference at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home.
Please remember that our continued progress against the spread of COVID-19 depends upon our collective adherence to health guidelines including maintaining a minimum six-foot separation from each other; regular hand washing with soap for at least 20 seconds; coughing and sneezing in the inside of your elbow; disinfecting touched surfaces; and wearing a cloth face cover when out in the public.
Community Caregivers, a non-profit organization, is a leader in our community’s response to COVID-19. It provides free non-medical services to residents including transportation, shopping, visits, caregiver respite, meal preparation, light chores, assistance with paperwork, and telephone assurance calls. While COVID-19 health guidelines have impacted some services, Community Caregivers’ volunteers are continuing to fulfill its mission and have also started Lunchtime Chats where every Tuesday and Friday at 1pm, you can call (518) 261-2761 to join and hear from speakers on a variety of interesting topics. You can help this important organization by visiting www.communitycaregivers.org or calling (518) 456-2898 for information about volunteering or donating by clicking on the donate tab on the website.
Tomorrow, the driving range at the Western Turnpike Golf Course will open for the season. The driving range will be open daily from 10am to 5pm. The course is strictly adhering to all COVID-19 guidelines including physical separation, and has modified operations to reduce physical contact. Before you arrive, please review these guidelines on the course’s website (www.westernturnpike.com) and confirm that you are able to comply. Staff is closely monitoring the course conditions with the goal of opening next weekend. Maintenance crews have removed winter debris, remedied damage, and the entire course, especially the greens, is in outstanding shape. Please visit the website or call the pro-shop at (518) 456-0786 for more information about the mandated health guidelines and the opening of the course.
Thank you for continuing to stay safe and calm.
Peter G. Barber