TOWN OF GUILDERLAND'S RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

The Town seeks to provide daily updates regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19).  Every day, and often by the hour, conditions change and require new and different responses by the Town.  The Town's first priority is to ensure public safety and property, and resulted in the Declaration of a State of Emergency.  The Town has also closed all buildings to the public.  Police and EMS will continue responding to all emergencies. The Transfer Station will have modified operations for the protection of visitors and employees.  Highway crews, with reduced staffs, will continue with winter clean-up, removal of debris, and maintain Town road.  Water & Sewer will respond to emergencies.  Parks & Recreation will maintain parks, open space and trails under health guidelines.  Building and Fire will continue with regular inspections. All services will be performed under recommended health guidelines.

Our goal here is to keep you updated on a daily basis, if possible, to this dynamic health emergency in our community, and help you make informed choices, stay calm and remain safe.  Here are important resources on COVID-19:

Below are daily emailed updates to residents in reverse chronological order.  Please also consider signing up for Nixle and email subscription to Town notices.


Sunday, March 29, 2020

Dear Guilderland residents:
 
In its daily update today, the Albany County Department of Health (DOH) reported that there are now 187 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the County, with 15 persons hospitalized and seven persons in intensive care units.  The County DOH announced the first COVID-19 related death in the County of an elderly man with underlying medical issues. There are now 505 persons under mandatory quarantine and 233 persons in precautionary quarantine.  
 
Because of the continuing lack of adequate testing kits, these numbers should not be viewed as evidence of the slowing spread of COVID-19.  Regardless of the trend, our community benefits by a continuing strict adherence to basic hygiene rules of physical separation (minimum of six feet), regular hand washing with soap for 20 seconds, and coughing or sneezing into your sleeve.           
 
While some communities have closed or restricted access to parks, your Town’s parks, open space and trails are fully open.  There is no evidence of a lack of physical separation among park patrons who are maintaining required distances with polite smiles, waves, and nods.   Our community’s unabated adherence to health guidelines will allow the unfettered access to public outdoor spaces to continue.
 
NYS Parks is encouraging residents to follow health guidelines, and get outdoors to walk, jog, hike, ride a bike, or visit a State park or lands, to stay active, spend time with immediate family members, and reduce stress and anxiety.  NYS Parks is promoting #recreatelocal and asking residents to choose State parks that are close to home. Thacher State Park is open but the Indian Ladder Trail remains closed due to icy conditions. Before venturing out, call (518) 872-1237 or visit NYS Parks’ website (https://parks.ny.gov/parks/) for information about specific State parks.
 
I again thank you for staying calm and safe, and for your kind emails for the Town’s efforts to keep you informed and providing essential services in the midst of this health emergency.  The Town’s first responders answer every 911 and emergency call without hesitation.  For another week, the call volume has remained stable which has minimized our emergency responders, Police, Fire, and EMS, need for physical interactions. A recent Governor’s Order which extends expiring vehicle inspections and registrations will further lessen physical interactions.  Please remember that if you or are aware of an emergency involving persons or property, do not hesitate and immediately call 911.    
 
Thank you for your continuing support for the Guilderland Food Pantry in its ongoing efforts against food insecurity in our community.  The Pantry accepts monetary donations online at: https://guilderlandfoodpantry.ccbchurch.com/goto/giving.
    
Today’s gloomy weather encouraged us to renew things by visiting our Island of Misfit Small Kitchen Appliances.  The trip was productive (and way overdue) by giving revived life this morning to a waffle maker (actually, we found two; I remember purchasing neither), a future role for a Panini maker (heavily used years ago and for some reason abruptly cast off to the Island), and, for tonight, a dusted off gnocchi board (a well-intentioned purchase after a gifted local cooking class).  But a few items still wait on the Island including a bouillabaisse pan that I remember buying but I am not sure why we ever thought that we would make a fish stew that, in its traditional recipe, uses bony rockfish and other fish that are considered unsuitable for sale. Again, no need to write, I know that there are other recipes and that this stew is sold at astronomical prices to tourists in Marseille restaurants.  It may just have to wait a bit longer on the Island.      
 
Thank you again for staying safe and calm.    
 
Sincerely,
 
Peter G. Barber
Town Supervisor

 

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Dear Guilderland residents:
 
In its daily update today, the Albany County Department of Health (DOH) reported that there are 178 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the County, with 13 persons hospitalized.  There are now 539 persons under mandatory quarantine and 234 persons in precautionary quarantine.  Please remember that these numbers should not be interpreted to suggest a slowing of the spread of COVID-19.   
 
With several weeks of data, health professionals have found that communities which are strictly adhering to standard health guidelines have reduced the spread of COVID-19 and are seeing the better outcomes.  I strongly recommend following health professional guidance by maintaining physical separation (minimum of six feet), regularly washing hands with soap for 20 seconds and using a hand sanitizer when you do not have soap and water, and coughing or sneezing into your upper sleeve, not your hands.          
 
This crisis and required physical separation is putting tremendous economic pressure on local businesses, most of which are owned by and employ Town residents.  You can help our community by supporting local businesses online and visiting local stores consistent with health guidelines and the Governor’s Executive Orders. To help with planning, here is the list of “essential retail” that remains open:  
 
  • grocery stores including all food and beverage stores
  • pharmacies
  • convenience stores
  • farmers’ markets
  • gas stations
  • restaurants/bars (but only for take-out/delivery)
  • hardware, appliance and building material stores
  • pet food
The list explains why pet stores (because of “pet food”), liquor stores (“beverage”), and Best Buy (“appliance”) are open.  The Guilderland Chamber of Commerce has a new online small business hub (https://www.guilderlandchamber.com/guilderland-small-business-hub/) with more information on how you can support our local businesses.  This website will be updated as more businesses are added. Before venturing out, please call ahead because many stores are operating with limited hours.  And if you do head out, give some forethought to checking those special recipes that require wine and liquor in their preparation.   
 
This morning, my wife and I hiked the Vosburgh Trails (about five miles) with the hope (at least mine) of catching a glimpse of an elusive black bear or maybe even a coyote, fox, or some other sport mascot (there may be a few exceptions, like extinct raptors (unique time for Jurassic Park Guilderland?)).  No luck today, but lots of great views along the Normanskill, a really loud woodpecker (sound carries well in still air), awakening wildlife, and other friendly hikers who, of course, maintained physical separation.  
 
Thank you again for staying safe and calm.    
 
Sincerely,
 
Peter G. Barber
Town Supervisor
 

Friday, March 27, 2020

Dear Guilderland residents:

In its daily update today, the Albany County Department of Health (DOH) reported that there are 176 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the County, with 14 persons hospitalized.  There are now 548 persons under mandatory quarantine and 234 persons in voluntary quarantine. It is my understanding that hospitals do not have enough testing and that these numbers, while suggesting a slowing of the spread of COVID-19, these numbers may not provide a sound basis for that suggestion.   

 
I am not sure why “social distancing” has been used to describe the need for six foot separation among persons.  To promote the separation’s sole purpose, it would seem more accurate to call it “physical distancing.” As we end another week of limiting human contacts, it is important to encourage socially safe interactions through phone calls, letter writing, and volunteering to deliver food and supplies to shut-ins.  There has been a marked increase in persons who are coping with stress and anxiety. If you or someone you know of needs help, or just someone to talk with, please call the Albany County Mental Health Hotline at (518) 269-6634, every day from 8am to 5pm. If you are experiencing or are aware of a psychiatric emergency, you should immediately call the County’s Mobile Crisis Team at (518) 549–6500.
 
In attempting to assess COVID-19’s impact upon the Town’s widely diverse functions, I am visiting Town departments on a regular basis.  I met yesterday with the Parks and Recreation Department about its facilities and programs. Town parks, open space, and trails are open every day from dawn to dusk under the Parks Department’s COVID-19 guidelines.  The Albany Pine Bush Commission’s entire 20 mile trail system is also open.  
 
As for programs, the Governor’s Executive Order 202.11, which extends the closure of schools until at least April 15th, also requires the cancellation of spring break programs, and has caused a “pause” in the Town’s summer recreation program.  The department is holding off, for now, on promoting the summer program because it has sports, events, crafts, and other activities that would be impacted by regulations.  The Town would rather wait for several weeks to avoid cancellations that would disappoint children. We remain confident that the summer program will be held and have this year’s brochures printed and ready for delivery by “back-pack” mail.
 
The Town is continuing to work (albeit remotely) with University at Albany's Master of Regional Planning program on a comprehensive pathway project in the Town.  Before the COVID-19 outbreak, the graduate school team provided an overview and solicited input from residents.  The students are now separately working, using proper physical distancing, on several key aspects including identifying assets and potential connections, exploring and assessing opportunities, and seeking to advance the goal of developing a multi-use trail system linking neighborhoods to desired destinations.
 
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has advised that residents should be on the lookout for Ursus americanus, also known as the black bear.  DEC notes that black bears are rarely seen by humans and highly desired by photographers.  An apparent consequence of our staying in homes is that we are not scaring away bears and they are feeling more comfortable in public.  At least some living things are enjoying a benefit from this crisis and maybe one of us can get a highly rare and desirable photo of this shy and elusive creature.  
 
Thank you again for staying safe and calm, and expressing your support for Town employees.    
 
Sincerely,
 
Peter G. Barber
Town Supervisor
 
 
Dear Guilderland residents:
 
In its daily update today, the Albany County Department of Health (DOH) reported that there are 166 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the County, with 15 persons hospitalized.  There are now 566 persons under mandatory quarantine and 247 persons in voluntary quarantine. Please remember that this statistics should not give a false sense of security about the spread of COVID-19 because the number of testing kits is low and tests are only given in hospital settings.  
 
I had the opportunity today to visit the Department of Emergency Services (EMS) which with its Medical Director, paramedics and emergency medical technicians operates the Town’s six Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulances.  ALS ambulances provide cardiac care, advanced respiratory support, monitoring of hospital EKG transmissions, administration of pain management, IV therapy, and other advanced lifesaving techniques. Jay Tyler, Director of EMS, and Sean McGaughnea, Director of EMS Operations, reported that the EMS Department is operating under a response plan, including staffing contingency, and that all shifts are fully operational.  They stated that there has been no increase in 911 calls over the past two weeks and that the department has the staffing, resources, and equipment to address foreseeable emergency response needs.  
 
I also had the opportunity to view an ambulance that was being decontaminated by the newly acquired ozone generator.  This new device avoids the hours of manual disinfecting that is often required after certain responses, and allows medics and EMTs to perform other vital services.  I also had the chance to see the department’s stock of essential clothing and equipment that helps keep our medical responders safe and healthy. I also thank Jon Phillips of Phillips Hardware in Guilderland Center for its generous donations of disposable gloves, safety glasses, paper towels, hand sanitizers, and disinfectants which are used every day by EMS crews to decontaminate persons and equipment, and supplement the Town’s supplies.  
 
The EMS medics have also started practicing community paramedicine which was allowed by a Governor’s Executive Order.   It allows medics to “treat and release” patients who may need some medical attention but not a transport to the hospital.  I am far from knowledgeable about community paramedicine but I know that leaders in the EMS community believe that it could play an important role in providing cost-efficient health care.  A silver lining in this health care crisis would be an appreciation that measures which are deemed necessary for public health during a “disaster emergency” would find use in future normal times.
 
With Town Hall closed, like most other government offices, the receipt of office mail has slowed except from essential government services.  Today was no different except for its inclusion of an official looking envelope from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). That’s certainly not a frequent occurrence here.  In my eagerness to read the enclosed report, I quickly noted its reference to “School Street” and I immediately wondered what was happening in Guilderland Center and whether I should call the Guilderland Central School District.  In my speed reading (never a good idea with Federal government notices), I noticed phrases like “survival rate estimates,” “evaluations of the reasons for mortality,” and “no guarantee that it would be successful.” That’s just on the first page   After a slower paced reading of the next two pages, I realized that the detailed report was about what measures should be installed so that “juvenile blueback herring” could survive passage through turbines at a hydroelectric facility in Cohoes.
 
I have no idea why this report was addressed to the Town of Guilderland.  Don’t worry; we will forward it to the City of Cohoes. In these stressful times, it is comforting to know that the careful review of important projects is taking place and that a FERC public officer finds the time and understands the importance of ensuring the safe passage of juvenile herrings.  
 
Thank you again for staying safe and calm.   
 
Sincerely,
 
Peter G. Barber
Town Supervisor
 

Dear Guilderland residents:

In its daily update today, the Albany County Department of Health (DOH) reported that there are 142 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the County, with ten persons hospitalized.  There are now 557 persons under mandatory quarantine and 633 persons under precautionary quarantine.  The County DOH did not provide details on confirmed cases or quarantines in a particular municipality.

County Executive Daniel P. McCoy stated that over 2,800 persons have been tested in the County but that the lack of adequate testing kits has caused a decline in testing and may not give a good understanding of how the virus is spreading in the County.   As stated by the County Executive, “[t]he lowering rate of increase in positive cases should not give the public a false sense of security, and we continue to encourage everyone to practice social distancing and follow the directives from Governor Cuomo.”

For a round of good news for a change, the County Executive reported that the Farnsworth Middle School student who tested positive for COVID-19 has recovered and that no other student has tested positive.  I am also pleased to report that there has been a slight increase in activities at Town Hall since last Wednesday’s closing of all Town buildings.  With the end of the two-week quarantine of the families of certain Middle School students, affected Town employees have returned on a limited basis to perform essential services.  It is refreshing to see familiar faces and even the slightest movement toward normalcy is appreciated.  Despite this small uptick in employees at Town Hall, your best method of obtaining Town services is by email or the Town website, and not by phone.

While other places have closed parks, we have decided to keep all Town parks, open space, and trails open for public use.  The Town parks are seeing heavier usage than usual this time of year and patrons are maintaining social distancing.  Please stay home if you are sick, continue to stay at least six feet from others, and practice good hygiene by washing hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds and following cough etiquette, and refraining from group activities like basketball and team sports.  Your continued adherence to these guidelines will enable the Town to keep its outdoor spaces available for your enjoyment.       

After handling Monday evening’s snowfall, the Highway Department has resumed road maintenance including removing lawn bags and winter debris.  To maintain social distancing, the Highway Department has only one-third of its employees working at any time.  As a result, this clean-up work will take longer.  The Highway Department appreciates your forbearance in not contacting it about pick up times.  It is doing its best under the circumstance, and you can help by keeping stormwater drains free of debris.      

The Transfer Station remains open for its regular hours, with employees following mandatory health guidelines which may require wearing masks and gloves for your and their protection.  Because it can be conducted in accordance with heath guidelines, the Town plans to proceed with the Household Hazardous Waste Day scheduled for Saturday, April 11th.  Please remember that this service requires the physical presence of NYS DEC certified contractors.  Your best source for updates is the Transfer Station’s webpage.        

Thank you again for staying safe and calm.   

Sincerely,

Peter G. Barber

Town Supervisor


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Dear Guilderland residents:

In its daily update today, the Albany County Department of Health reported that there are now 136 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Albany County, with nine persons hospitalized.  There are now 576 people under mandatory quarantine and 652 people under precautionary quarantine.  The County DOH does not provide details on confirmed cases or quarantines for each municipality but the County Executive’s Office has advised that if there were new cases confirmed in a municipality, it would call and provide details.  I am relieved to report that I have not received such a call in nearly two weeks.

With the cancellation of public blood drives due to health guidelines, the supply of blood is running low and there is severe shortage.  Please play a role in our fight against COVID-19 by making appointments for blood donations at www.RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. 

Today is Great American Takeout Day which has a heightened significance during this extremely difficult time for our local business community.  Please consider helping our local restaurants that offer takeout and delivery and shop online at local businesses.

We will continue to adhere to the Governor’s Executive Orders which bar most gatherings and closes businesses except for listed “essential services.”   We will share any new Executive Orders that may impact the performance of Town services and functions.  As of today, all scheduled board meetings are cancelled through Monday, April 6th.  The next scheduled meeting is the Town Board’s April 7th meeting which, if held, will be conducted with public participation by teleconference as required by the Governor’s Executive Order No. 202.1.    

As noted in prior emails, hundreds of persons in our community have provided vital public services in our collective response to this health care emergency.  Among those unsung heroes are persons, often seniors, who every day are delivering meals, food, and supplies to residents, and transporting seniors and disabled persons to important medical appointments.  These extraordinary persons volunteer with Community Caregivers, Albany County’s Home Delivered Meals program, and other organizations, and have helped the Guilderland Central School District with the delivery of breakfast and lunch to families who currently receive free and reduced cost meals.  On behalf of the Town and its residents, I thank these volunteers for their compassionate help and service to our community.  

I also thank Highway Department employees who are adhering to health guidelines by having 1/3rd of the department working each week on necessary maintenance and repair of Town roads.  To handle yesterday’s six inch snowfall, the Highway Department deployed all of its snowplows, but by removing the wings, the snowplow had only a driver and not the required wingman for heavier snow falls.  With that adjustment, the employees kept extended hours of social distancing and got the job done.   

A quick update that with yesterday’s tenth Executive Order and its 32 new directives, the Governor has issued about 153 directives.  But don’t worry, the effort to enlist notaries in our collective response to this “disaster emergency” remains, with 16 lines, in first place as measured by a meaningless standard.  A new directive, which provides important relief from maintaining medical records, came close, but fell short and lands tied for second place at 12 lines.

Please don’t waste your time double-checking my counting of lines.  A more enjoyable antidote for these stressful times is counting the number of arriving robins and snowmen and snowwomen created by families.

Thank you again for remaining safe and calm. 

Sincerely,

Peter G. Barber

Town Supervisor


Monday, March 23, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Twelfth & 3/4th [1] Update

Dear Guilderland residents:

In its daily update today, the Albany County Department of Health reported that there are now 122 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the County, with 490 people under mandatory quarantine and 634 people under precautionary quarantine.  While today’s number of new cases only modestly increased from yesterday’s 115 cases, County Executive McCoy noted that this news does not mean that the spread of the virus here is slowing.  He stated that the number of administered tests dropped significantly because the local supply of kits was nearly gone.

The NYS Department of Health is reminding residents that if you received EMS services and were not transported or sought medical attention and were sent home that, if your symptoms worsen, you should contact your health care provider and if it is an emergency, call 911.  At your first contact with a medic, EMT, ambulance driver, nurse, physician or other health care provider, you should immediately inform each such person if you have a cough or fever so that they can promptly and appropriately treat you.   It is imperative that we keep our first responders safe and healthy as they are our community’s first and primary defense against the spread of this virus. 

I would like to share goods news on how the Town’s EMS Department is rapidly adapting its systems to handle this evolving health care emergency.  It just acquired an ozone generator which disinfects the inside of the Town’s ambulances and allows paramedics and EMT to perform other important duties, and more quickly to return the ambulances to service.  The other good news is that there has been no appreciable change in 911 calls or requests for emergencies services for the past week.  I would also like to thank Multi-Phase Contracting Corp., a woman-owned business in Altamont, for its generous donation of masks and glasses to the EMS Department.      

I can also report that the East Old State Road Bridge over the Thruway did actually close earlier this morning and will remain closed for about seven months.  There were no reported issues. 

I am pleased to report that Towns parks and trails had heavy activity this weekend, and that visitors were practicing “social distancing” and following health guidelines.  I thank Parks’ employees for making these facilities ready for your enjoyment so early in the season.  And, if we should receive measureable snow (fingers-crossed here for yes), these trails are also suitable for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. 

Please check out the Guilderland Public Library’s website (https://guilderlandlibrary.org/) for options to spend quality time at home.  While the physical building is closed until at least April 1st, your Library remains open online 24 hours each day with an e-library portal for access to movies, TV shows, e-books, audiobooks, magazines and more.  

Since his Declaration of State of Emergency on March 7th, the Governor has issued nine more Executive Orders (www.governor.ny.gov/executiveorders), all of which are printed in 81/2 x 14 legal size paper, single spaced, and a font size (maybe 11 or less) that often requires a magnifying glass.  The Orders contain about 121 directives, all for the stated purpose of responding to this “disaster emergency.”    

These directives, mostly only a few sentences in length, are necessary to manage this crisis, such as expediting the purchase of emergency supplies (3 lines), suspending regulations to allow more prompt treatments (4 lines), and other equally succinct emergency directives.

But one of the 121 directives stood out alone in its number of lines.  It is not the directive to expand the capacity of hospitals (that took a scant 5 lines).  And, no again, it is not the directive to increase temporary testing site (3 lines).  No, at 16 lines, the winner is the directive in Executive Order 202.7 which allows notaries to use “audio-visual technology.” 

Now maybe it’s just me and I admit that I’m getting a wee bit stir crazy, but after reading this directive, I’m not sure how a notary would even use it.  I apologize if I have offended anyone (full disclosure: as a lawyer, I am also a notary) and I understand the legal importance of notarized documents.  There’s also no need for you to call, email or try to explain it to me.  When this crisis is in our collective rear window, there will be plenty of time for learned study and self-correction.  I’m just struck that amongst all of the important directives to respond to this “disaster emergency,” it takes the most words to enlist notaries in this fight. 

Thank you again for staying calm.    

Sincerely,

Peter G. Barber

Town Supervisor

[1]   I’m not superstitious but there’s no harm in creatively numbering these email updates.   You’ll have to read Harry Potter to appreciate at least one of the meanings of “3/4.”


Sunday, March 22, 2020

Dear Guilderland residents:

The Albany County Department of Health (DOH) today reported that there are now 115 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Albany County, with six persons hospitalized.   There are now 318 people under mandatory quarantine and 634 people under precautionary quarantine.

Here’s the promised final warning that tomorrow, the East Old State Road Bridge over the Thruway will be closed to all traffic for approximately seven months as the Thruway does a complete removal and replacement of the bridge. 

On this Sunday, I’d like to express my gratitude to persons and groups who have helped our community in responding to this health emergency.  I know that there are hundreds, if not thousands, to acknowledge and thank, but I would like to begin with those who have directly helped our residents.   

I start with the Town’s first responders, Dispatch, EMS, Police, and Fire, who answer calls for assistance without hesitation.  In this time of acute uncertainty, it is comforting to know that our community is served by a team of dedicated professionals who are ready and willing to help when called upon. 

I extend sincere appreciation to Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy and Health Commissioner Elizabeth Whalen who, beginning with that first 5:00am call to me nearly two weeks ago about the first case of COVID-19 in our Town and their subsequent daily updates and phone conferences, have enabled the Town to keep you timely informed and, with the County’s support, enabled the Town to deploy its resources to ensure public safety and protect property. 

I also thank my secretary Jessica Montgomery, public relations officer Linda Cure, and Deputy Police Chief Curtis Cox for their indispensable roles in keeping residents updated about rapidly changing conditions with frequent emails, Nixle notices, and social media posts.  The timely and accurate information allows the community to make informed decisions.  

I extend gratitude to our local businesses and their employees who, while severely impacted by circumstances beyond their control, and despite personal risks, like cash register operators, shelf stockers, truck drivers, cleaning help and other service worker, are showing up and providing essential services to our community.  Without their help and services, we could not keep going. 

Please take the time to thank these special people and others who you know have helped us through this crisis.  There are literally thousands, from postal workers to nurses, highway workers to building and fire inspectors, and many others, who would appreciate a kind word or sign of gratitude. 

I also thank you, my fellow residents, for staying calm, remaining safe, and for your kind words of support for the Town’s efforts in responding to this unprecedented health emergency.  Your adherence to health guidelines and social distancing has allowed first responders to devote their efforts and precious resources to emergencies.   I appreciate your understanding that this disruption of daily life often requires the setting aside of personal needs and allows for a collective community fight against this virus.    

I also thank residents who have generously contributed to the Guilderland Food Pantry in its mission to address food insecurity in our community.  This health emergency is increasing the demand for its services.  Please contact the Pantry for information about its current needs at (518) 930-1001 or email: guildfoodpantry79@gmail.com.  The Pantry can now accept monetary donations online at: https://guilderlandfoodpantry.ccbchurch.com/goto/giving.

I also thank Governor Cuomo for his leadership during these very difficult days, and his Executive Orders that are intended to ensure public safety and protect property.  Among the Orders was a list of “essential services” that could remain open, including beverage stores.  While many see its obvious benefits, and its support for local businesses, I suggest an alternative option.  Adhere gladly to this rare government directive by buying wine and liquors at your local beverage store and use them in special recipes like Coq au Vin, Chicken Cacciatore, Duck a L’Orange, Chicken Marsala or the classic recipe for Boeuf Bourguignon in Larousse Gastronomique which calls for adding “a small glass of brandy and set alight.”  Some unsolicited advice: consider buying a top-shelf brandy; we are lazy and keep using leftover holiday brandy that never lights.   

Thank you again for remaining safe and calm.   

Sincerely,

Peter G. Barber

Town Supervisor


Saturday, March 21, 2020

Dear Guilderland residents:

The Albany County Department of Health (DOH) reported that there are 89 confirmed cases, and now 386 persons in mandatory quarantine and 571 persons in precautionary quarantine.   County Executive Daniel P. McCoy announced that the County was able to deliver 5,000 N95 masks, a necessary respiratory protective device for emergency health care workers, to local hospitals and EMS crews in the County.  County Executive McCoy reminded everyone that persons dealing with stress and anxiety due to this health crisis can call (518) 269-6634, every day from 8am to 5pm.  Please remember that if you are experiencing or are aware of a psychiatric emergency, you should immediately call the County’s Mobile Crisis Team at (518) 549–6500.

Starting at 7am on Monday, March 23rd, the Capital District YMCA is providing daycare for school-aged children of emergency health care personnel and first responders at nine branches including the Guilderland YMCA.  More information, including registration and fees, is available at www.CDYMCA.org/EmergenctChildcare or at (518) 869-3500.

You hopefully don’t need another reminder that the Thruway’s complete removal and replacement of the East Old State Road Bridge over the Thruway will start on Monday, March 23rd.  Fair warning: there will be multiple 24 hour reminders tomorrow to avoid problems.

I had the chance today to visit Town facilities, including Dispatch, EMS, Police, and Transfer Station, and found that Town employees are providing essential services, under strict health guidelines, without incident.  As announced last week, Town buildings remain closed to the public until further notice and public meetings are cancelled through April 1st.  The Governor’s Executive Orders allow public meetings with the public’s participation by telephone and also bar nonessential gatherings of any size for any purpose.  We are awaiting more details from the Governor and Attorney General’s office on which boards and matters should proceed under the Executive Orders.

We accelerated the spring opening of Town parks for social distancing enjoyment.  As of today, Town parks and Vosburgh open space are open every day from dawn to dusk.  Please check the Parks Department’s web page for COVID-19 guidelines and Hike Guilderland, which provides interactive maps and information about the Town trails and other hiking options.  The opening of Western Turnpike Golf Course will requires more time (hopefully brief), consistent clear weather, and warmer ground temperature to prevent damage to greens.  Please check out WTGC’s website for more information.  The Albany Pine Bush Commission’s entire 20 mile trail system in the 3,350 acre preserve is also open.   Please check out the Pine Bush’s website for important information about ticks and periodic trail closures.

Spring’s recent arrival should also have brought outdoor team sports but, with the COVID-19 crisis, there is an unfortunate (and hopefully short) delay.  But let’s rejoice in a rare happening.  As a life-long-New York Mets fan, I can confidently and gleefully predict that the Mets will be in first-place (albeit tied) well into April.  So there’s no need for concern, and no need to report to local authorities, if you should see blue and orange clad fans reveling in a once-in-a-generation experience while, being Mets fans, of course following appropriate social distancing. 

Thank you again for remaining safe and calm. We will get through this together.  

Sincerely,

Peter G. Barber

Town Supervisor


Friday, March 20, 2020

Dear Guilderland residents:

At its daily briefing, the Albany County Department of Health (DOH) reported that there are 70 confirmed cases, with six hospitalized and the rest are recovering at home.  There are now 283 persons in mandatory quarantine and 493 persons in precautionary quarantine.   County DOH warned that hospitals were running low on testing kits.

Please note that, while Town buildings remain closed to the public, and most employees are now at home, the Town is delivering important services including all emergency services with no changes in staff, fire and building inspections for approved projects, and maintaining parks, open space, and trails for public use with social distancing (six feet apart).  Except for emergency services, the other departments’ services are performed with greatly reduced staff.

As announced yesterday, the Town is operating under a State of Emergency to protect public safety and property, and enforce the State’s policy, as announced in the Governor’s Executive Orders, to enable local government to perform functions, including public meetings, by means that protect public health and allow consideration of important matters.  The Town will also adhere to the Governor’s Order which prohibits nonessential gatherings of any size for any purpose.  The Town has invested in software improvements to allow for the public’s participation by telephone.  The Town will also use public notices, with call-in instructions, that were recommended by the State and satisfy the Executive Order’s requirements.   

A quick reminder that the Thruway’s scheduled total removal and replacement of the East Old State Road bridge over the Thruway will start on Monday, March 23rd.  Given current traffic conditions, there will be far fewer than the usual 5300 daily motorists, but keep this bridge closure in mind and follow the posted signage and detours.  The bridge will be closed for approximately seven months.  If you are looking for something to pass time, you can read the bridge’s inspection report and detour analysis on the Town’s website. 

If you are looking for a War & Peace equivalent length, you can try the New York Power Authority – Wendell Lighting’s 90% Design Report (987 pages) about the Town’s and neighboring municipalities’ plans to acquire National Grid’s 631 lights, convert them to LED, and select among 13 luminaire styles and 12 lamp types and wattage.  Don’t worry; no comprehension test is required under current conditions.      

Thank you again for staying calm, and please try to enjoy some “social distancing” time outdoors.  Over the weekend, we will continue providing you with timely updates.    

Sincerely,

Peter G. Barber

Town Supervisor


Thursday, March 19, 2020

Dear Guilderland residents:
 
Since yesterday’s email update, in which we announced the complete closure of all Town buildings to the public, we decided today that current conditions require the suspension of transportation services by the Senior Services Department.  As with the decision to close Town buildings, we did not make this decision without considering dynamic health guidelines that impose social distancing and operational restrictions on transportation services, and the health of our seniors and Town employees. We hope that this suspension is brief and urge seniors and their families to call the Department at (518) 280-7607.   
  
As of 4pm today, the Town declared a State of Emergency with the stated goal of protecting the public safety and property, and ensuring that the Town enforces the Governor’s Executive Orders which are intended to allow the functioning of government, including alternative means of holding public meetings, to the greatest extent possible. 
 
We have been asked by the Census Bureau to remind residents that you should or will receive a mailing which provides information on how you can go online and complete the Census questionnaire.  Given the COVID-19 crisis, the Census Bureau has postponed for two weeks until April 1st, all field operations, such as dispatching Census workers to check in with households who have not completed their questionnaires online.  This suspension of field operations does not impact the ability to respond online or call the Census Bureau. 
 
In its daily update today, the Albany County Department of Health (DOH) reported that there are now 52 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Albany County, with 297 people under mandatory quarantine and 443 people under precautionary quarantine.  The County DOH does not provide details on confirmed cases or quarantines in a particular municipality.
 
Thank you again for staying calm.   
 
Sincerely,
 
Peter G. Barber
Town Supervisor

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Dear Guilderland residents:
 
Given the marked reduction in calls and emails for Town services, the community’s appreciation of this dynamic health emergency, and new health guidelines and Executive Orders, effective as of 4:30pm today, all Town buildings are closed until further notice.  There will be only a handful of Town employees at Town Hall so your best method of obtaining Town services is by email or on the Town’s website.  Your phone calls may not be answered and there may be a delay in responding to voicemails.  Please note that we will do our best under the circumstances to answer your questions and concerns.  
 
I cannot over emphasize that there is no change in staffing for responses to emergencies, including Police, EMS, and ambulances.  Water, Sewer and Highway Departments will respond to emergency calls.  You will see Highway employees in your neighborhood, picking up lawn bags and winter debris.  The Parks Department is readying the Western Turnpike Golf Course, parks, open space, and trails for your “social distancing” enjoyment.  Building and Fire inspectors are performing tasks that allow approved home and commercial construction. These departments are working staggered schedules with a reduced number of employees.    
 
Please understand and do not call, for example, if your lawn bags are not picked up as promptly as during normal times.  And please understand that, with more residents now home during weekdays and nicer weather soon arriving, that there will likely be far more lawn bags waiting for pickup.  Please be patient and you can help your community by keeping lawn bags and debris off the street and clear of stormwater drains.      
 
The Transfer Station remains open, and will have regular hours, including this evening and Saturday.  You may find that, given recommended health guidelines, services may be modified, and that employees may, as required by health guidelines, have added protection, like masks and gloves, for your and their protection.  Household Hazardous Waste Day scheduled for Saturday, April 11th remains on the Town’s calendar but please be aware that this service depends upon the availability of NYS DEC certified contractors.
      
In its daily update today, the Albany County Department of Health (DOH) reported that there are 41 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the County, with 126 persons under mandatory quarantine and 441 persons under precautionary quarantine.  The County DOH does not provide details on confirmed cases or quarantines in a particular municipality. 
Thank you again for staying calm.   
 
Sincerely,
 
Peter G. Barber
Town Supervisor
 
 
Dear Guilderland residents:
 
As announced yesterday, due to COVID-19 in our community, all Town buildings, including Town Hall, Senior Center, Parks & Recreation, Highway, and Water & Sewer will have strictly limited public access until further notice.  You can still call, mail or email Town departments as noted on the Town’s website where you can also access most Town services. 
 
The scheduled meetings of the Industrial Development Agency on Monday, March 23rd and the Planning Board on Wednesday, March 25th are cancelled.  The State has cancelled all Town court proceedings until further notice.  
 
The Transfer Station remains open, and will have regular hours, including Saturdays.  You may find that, given recommended health guidelines, some regular services may be modified, and that employees may be wearing added protection, like masks and gloves.  At this point, the Household Hazardous Waste Day scheduled for Saturday, April 11th remains on the calendar.  We will post updates if there are any changes.    
 
In its daily update today, the Albany County Department of Health (DOH) reported that there are 25 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the County, with 125 persons under mandatory quarantine and 450 persons under precautionary quarantine.  Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy noted that based on the County DOH’s mapping and tracking, there is neither a discrete cluster nor a particular community that is disproportionately affected. The County Executive also added that the County is working with the Governor’s Office to consider mass closings and tighter restrictions to stop the spread of this virus and keep people safe.  
 
We thank you for taking this matter very seriously, and adhering to all health guidelines.  We urge you to visit the following websites for important information about this health emergency: 
 
Thank you again for staying calm, and I hope you have a safe and enjoyable St. Patrick’s Day
Sincerely,
 
Peter G. Barber
Town Supervisor
Dear Guilderland residents:

Based upon impacts and disruptions caused by coronavirus (COVID-19) on residents, families, and businesses, effective at 1:00 pm today, all Town buildings, including Town Hall, Senior Center, Parks & Recreation, Highway, and Water & Sewer will have strictly limited public access until further notice. All Town parks, trails, and open space remain open. Police and EMS will continue responding to all emergencies. The Transfer Station is expected to reopen tomorrow as planned. Highway crews will continue with the winter clean-up, Water & Sewer will respond to emergencies, and Building and Fire will continue with regular inspections. All services will be performed under recommended health guidelines.
 

We did not lightly make this decision. We understand the importance of public access to Town facilities and hope to restore full access as soon as possible. We urge you to call or email Town departments as noted on the Town’s website where you can also access most Town services. Please note that, given impacts on staff and their families, it may take a little longer for the Town to respond to inquiries.

In its daily update today, the Albany County Department of Health (DOH) reported 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the County, with one person hospitalized, and that there are 90 people under mandatory quarantine and 367 people under precautionary quarantine. Please visit the County’s website for more information about COVID-19 and links to other resources.

Thank you again for staying calm, and your kind words of support for Town employees.

Sincerely,
Peter G. Barber
Town Supervisor


Sunday, March 15, 2020

Dear Guilderland residents:

The Town of Guilderland and its Medical Director, and the professional staff in the Department of Emergency Medical Services and Police Department, are all working hard to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community, and protect our residents, visitors, businesses, fellow employees and themselves.  We are all in this effort together, and, upon behalf of Town employees, I thank you for your words and acts of support for our collective efforts in addressing this health emergency.  In this email, like its four predecessors, we are committed to keeping you informed about important information as soon as it becomes available.  The Town also has a separate webpage devoted to the Town’s response to COVID-19.

As of Noon on Sunday, March 15th, the Albany County Department of Health (DOH) reported that there are apparently no new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Town.  However, due to the marked increase in confirmed cases in the County, currently 11, and with 89 persons under mandatory quarantine and 476 persons under precautionary quarantine, there is a strong likelihood that the number of confirmed cases in Guilderland will increase.  The good news is that only one of the 11 confirmed cases is hospitalized and that all 11 cases are recovering.  I urge you to visit websites of the Center for Disease Control, State DOH, and County DOH for more information about COVID-19 and links to other resources.

We are aware of the Guilderland Central School District’s decision regarding school closings and the County DOH’s March 15th letter to Farnsworth Middle School families regarding quarantines.  Please check the District’s website for regular updates and contact the District should have any questions. We are also mindful of the Governor’s Executive Orders which limit mass gatherings and encourage municipalities to continue providing services and holding meetings by using methods other in-person participation. 

At the Town level, we are taking responsive action one week at a time with a plan to assess the situation daily for adjustments.  As a reminder, this week, the Town is cancelling Town Court proceedings and all programs at the Senior Center.  We ask that seniors who might need transportation for medical appointments and groceries to please call the Department of Senior Services at (518) 280-7607.  While all other Town offices will remain open, we urge residents to use email, phone, or the Town’s website for many Town services.   Please also do not be alarmed or offended if Town employees maintain social distancing and that some may be wearing gloves or facemasks as directed by health guidelines. 

We are awaiting the NYS Commissioner of Health’s approval of proposed protocols which would allow Town ambulances to transport patients to destinations other than hospitals and allow dispatching medics, without ambulances, to address minor medical issues.  A recent Governor’s Executive Order provided this authority to EMS departments.  As one of the few municipalities with both Town-operated ambulances and medic services, the Town is able to deploy its advanced-life support ambulances and over 40 medics and emergency medical technicians to meet the needs of residents during these exigent circumstances.  Dr. Donald Doynow, the Town’s Medical Director, has been indispensable in working with State and County DOH officials, guiding the Town’s emergency services during this difficult time, and emphasizing the vital importance of keeping first responders fully protected and healthy. 

The County DOH, like its fellow health professionals, is advising seniors and persons with severe underlying medical conditions like respiratory restrictions, heart or lung disease, and diabetes to avoid human contact as much as possible.  We are concerned, however, that these precautions could cause some persons to not leave their homes for groceries or other daily needs.  We encourage you to safely check on vulnerable neighbors and friends about their status, and let the EMS Department know if you believe that medical issues may be present.  The EMS Department also makes welfare checks based upon its prior interaction with residents. 

This dynamic health emergency situation highlights the role of local organizations in addressing food insecurity and other urgent needs.  The Guilderland Food Pantry is at the forefront of helping residents in need, and the current difficulties are increasing our community’s demand on its services.  The Pantry’s current need is easy to prepare food, like macaroni and cheese, canned ravioli, canned soups, juice, and laundry soap.  You can contact the Pantry, located at 4 Charles Park in Guilderland, by phone (518) 930-1001 or email:  guildfoodpantry79@gmail.com for more information on how you can help.  You can also make monetary donations online to the Pantry at: https://guilderlandfoodpantry.ccbchurch.com/goto/giving.

Thank you again for remaining calm.  

Sincerely,

Peter G. Barber

Town Supervisor


Saturday, March 14, 2020

Dear Guilderland Residents:

Thank for your patience and understanding as our community continues to address coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts.  In these email and Nixle notices, we are trying to provide you with the most recent information on how the Town and other entities are addressing this unprecedented and dynamic situation. 

As of Noon on Saturday, March 14th, the Albany County Department of Health (DOH) reported that there are no new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Town.  The current three confirmed cases in Town are in the same household which remains under quarantine, and no member has been hospitalized.  The County DOH’s website has more information about COVID-19 and links to other resources.

As a reminder, Town Court proceedings next week on Monday, March 16th and Thursday, March 19th, and next week’s Senior Center programs are cancelled.  Seniors requesting transportation to medical appointments and groceries should call the Department of Senior Services for the latest updates.  All other Town offices remain open.

The Town Board’s March 17th meeting and the Guilderland Industrial Development Agency’s March 23rd meeting are cancelled.  The next scheduled public meetings in Town are the Planning Board on March 25th, the Zoning Board on April 1st, and the Town Board on April 7th.   Given the Governor’s recent Executive Orders, including limits on mass gatherings, modifications of public meeting laws, and other steps to protect the public and encourage government functions, the Town is considering the Governor’s alternative method of allowing public participation by conference call or similar service, with the public’s ability to view or listen to a meeting that is also recorded and transcribed.  The Governor, State agencies, and the County are urging municipalities to continue providing services and perform government functions to the maximum extent possible under the circumstances to mitigate the negative economic impacts. We should know more about the Governor’s Orders next week, and its impact on Town services. 

We are also considering the Governor’s Order which authorizes the Town’s medics to practice community paramedicine, transportation to destinations other than hospitals, telemedicine to allow treatment on site, and other services approved by the NYS Commissioner of Health.  This Order will allow Town medics an important role in alleviating pressure on hospital emergency rooms and their maximum capacity for treatment of COVID-19 and other patients.  The Town’s Medical Director and EMS Department is actively working with the NYS Commissioner of Health on new protocols. 

We receive frequent updates from State and County health officials, and will take additional actions if recommended.  The Town’s website has a page devoted to the Town’s response to COVID-19.

The Guilderland Central School District announced yesterday evening that, after consulting with the Albany County DOH, the District would follow this schedule for the next two weeks:

Farnsworth Middle School is closed from Monday, March 16th to Friday, March 27th

All elementary schools and the high school are closed from Monday, March 16th to Friday, March 20th, unless extended under the guidance of health officials).

While we will try to provide timely updates, your best source of information about the District’s response to COVID-19 is the District’s webpage.  

The Guilderland Public Library is closed through Monday, March 23rd, and the Altamont Free Library is closed until further notice.  Please click the links to these libraries for updated information.  

We urge you to regularly visit useful websites for more information about COVID-19:  

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Updates on the Coronavirus

New York State Department of Health

Albany County Department of Health

Town of Guilderland

We will continue providing you with necessary information and updates as soon as possible.

I extend a hearty thank you to the Town’s emergency first responders, Police, EMS, and Fire Departments for their service to our community, and their continuing compliance with State and County health guidelines to keep them safe and healthy.    

Thank you again for staying calm.  

Sincerely,

Peter G. Barber

Town Supervisor


Friday, March 13, 2020

Dear Guilderland Residents:

The Albany County Department of Health notified the Town earlier today that two additional Town residents in the same household as the first confirmed case have coronavirus (COVID-19).  The household is under home quarantine and no member has been hospitalized. 

To minimize personal contact, Town Court proceedings scheduled for Monday, March 16th and Thursday, March 19th are cancelled.  The Town Board’s March 17th meeting was cancelled for other reasons. The Senior Center’s programs are also cancelled through Friday, March 20th.  The Department of Senior Services will continue to provide transportation services for seniors to physician appointments.

All other Town offices remain open.  You may see posted notices at counters about maintaining “social distancing” and avoiding personal contacts.  Please do not be alarmed.  We are following Federal and State health guidelines.  You are encouraged to seek Town services by mail, phone, email, and online on the Town website (https://www.townofguilderland.org/) where you have access to a growing number of Town services.  

Please note that these measures will have no impact upon the delivery of emergency services.  The uniformed members of the Police and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Departments are well-trained and equipped to handle COVID-19 cases, and are providing services under guidelines issued by State and Federal authorities.  The Town’s Medical Director, EMS Department and Police Department are closely working with Albany County DOH and NYS DOH on the Town’s response to this changing situation and are ready to take additional recommended actions.  

The Guilderland Central School District is closed today and is also closed Monday, March 16th for Superintendent’s conferences.  Please check the District’s webpage devoted to sharing information about COVID-19:  https://www.guilderlandschools.org/district-update-on-coronavirus-covid-. We are keeping the Village of Altamont, Guilderland Central School District, Guilderland and Altamont libraries, and the business community informed of developments.

For updates and more information regarding COVID-19 please visit the following:

We will update this information as quickly as possible.

Thank you and continue to stay calm.

Peter G. Barber
Town Supervisor
Dear Guilderland Residents:
 

The Albany County Department of Health notified the Town this morning that a Town resident has a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19), and that the resident’s household is under quarantine.  The Town’s Medical Director, Department of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Police Department are closely working with Albany County DOH and NYS DOH officials on the Town’s response to this developing situation. We are also keeping the Village of Altamont, Guilderland Central School District, Guilderland and Altamont libraries, and the business community informed of developments.

Given this notification, the Town is cancelling, through next Tuesday, March 17th, all discretionary Town-sponsored gatherings, including senior programs.  As a precaution, the Town is also cancelling court proceedings scheduled for tonight and Monday, March 16th.  The Town Board’s March 17th meeting was cancelled for other reasons. We are in regular contact with State and County health professionals and are prepared to take additional action as warranted.  

Please rest assured that the Town is fully equipped and trained to respond to COVID-19.  We are striving to ensure a safe environment for residents and visitors at Town facilities, including the placing of hand sanitizers at public counters and increasing the frequency of disinfecting and cleaning surfaces.  Except for discretionary meetings, all Town departments are functioning as normal.  The EMS and Police Department are providing emergency and other services under guidelines issued by State and Federal authorities. 

Please remember that exposure to COVID-19 results from person-to-person contact, and to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in our community, you should follow the following guidelines:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  If soap and water is unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue away in a trash can.
  • Avoid touching your face, including eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

For updates and more information regarding COVID-19 please visit the following:

We will keep you informed to the maximum extent possible. Thank you and please stay calm. 

Peter G. Barber

Town Supervisor


Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Dear Guilderland residents:

The Town of Guilderland’s most important priority is the safety of Town residents and its employees.  We are closely monitoring the Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), and reviewing frequent updates from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH), and Albany County Department of Health. 

At the local level, the Town’s Medical Director, Department of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Police Department are constantly monitoring the developing situation, have developed a response plan, are fully equipped and trained to handle COVID-19 occurrences, and have helped prepare this update. 

We are proactively acting to ensure a safe environment for residents who visit and use Town facilities, and for our employees would are ready to serve residents.  The Town’s departments, including programs for seniors, court proceedings, and public functions, are proceeding as normal.  The EMS and Police Department are presently rendering emergency and other services consistent with guidelines issued by State and Federal authorities. 

We have placed hand sanitizers at all public counters and increased the frequency of disinfecting and cleaning surfaces.  Public meetings and hearings by all boards and committees are being held as scheduled.  If you are unable to attend, please remember that you can watch Town, Planning, Zoning and IDA meetings on the Town’s website at https://www.townofguilderland.org/.

Exposure to COVID-19 can occur from any person-to-person contact.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the NYS Department of Health (DOH) recommend that individuals should follow the following guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  If soap and water is unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue away in a trash can.
  • Avoid touching your face, including eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Symptoms for COVID-19 range from mild to severe and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.  Symptoms often appear two to 14 days after exposure.  If you are experiencing symptoms, have traveled to areas of concern or have been in contact with somebody who has traveled to these areas, you should call ahead to your healthcare provider before seeking medical treatment in person.  Even if you have not been in contact with an infected person or an affected area, but are experiencing all symptoms of COVID-19, you should call NYSDOH at 1-888-364-3065.  Testing for COVID-19 in New York State is at no cost to the patient, regardless of health insurance providers.

For updates and more information regarding COVID-19 please visit the following:

We will continue to monitor this important situation and provide updates on our website as necessary and appropriate.  Please remember to “keep the calm.”

Peter G. Barber

Town Supervisor