July 27, 2020 Update

Columbia County Department of Health 

7/27/20 COVID-19 Update

Although our numbers are low, it is IMPORTANT to remember to stay home if you feel symptoms. Recent positives were feeling ill and continued to go to work and/or socialized, potentially exposing many more people, putting them on a Mandatory Quarantine for 14 days. Please continue to practice social distancing and wear your mask!

As of 3 PM on July 27, 2020:

– Columbia County has had 37 residents that have passed away from COVID-19.

-Columbia County has 477 confirmed positive cases.

-There are 9 active cases of COVID-19 in Columbia County. We are monitoring 44 county residents on mandatory quarantine, and there are 8 on precautionary quarantine.

– 431 of the 477 cases have recovered from COVID-19

– 5 of the positive cases are hospitalized, none of those hospitalized are in the ICU

-We have received 17,321 PCR reports. Please note this number may represent duplicate reports, out of county reports, and multiple nursing home testings.


Columbia County Update

Monday, July 27, 2020


When Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman contracted COVID-19 in early July, those were his words when his fever spiked to 104.5. The longtime major leaguer was afraid he was about to die.

“I couldn’t begin to count how many times I’ve said this over the past few months, but mask-wearing and social distancing are critical parts of the fight against the coronavirus,” said Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Murell on Monday. “When you see someone like Freddie Freeman, 30 years old and in the prime of his life, feel as though he was close to death, I think it should be a lesson for everyone. This virus doesn’t pick on any one age group – it will attack anyone of any age, causing anything from death to possibly lifelong health issues.”

By now, most of us have driven by – or perhaps participated in – a backyard party at which less than 50 people are present, yet very few are wearing masks or social distancing. At the same time, others are very careful about exposing themselves and others to the virus.

“Sooner or later, if mask wearing and social distancing guidelines are not properly followed, there’s a good chance Columbia County will wind up with one of those outbreaks such as the one in Albany following a party on the July 4 weekend. The last thing we want is to experience a situation where we are forced by the state to once again close down businesses that have just begun to reopen. Unfortunately, a rise in positive cases and hospitalizations could put right us back right where we were in terms of a lockdown,” said Chairman Murell.


Columbia County Health Department Director Jack Mabb announced future COVID-19 testing clinics for August on Mondays 17, 24, and 31. The testing will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the sidewalk in front of the John L. Edwards Primary School in Hudson. For July, a clinic is set for the same hours and place will be held on Tuesday 28. The DOH will be limiting the walkup clinics to 50 tests each. It is recommended anyone who would like to be tested get to the clinic as early as possible to ensure they secure one of the 50 tests. Pre-registration will not be necessary for the walkup clinics.


Sunday, August 9, 9 a.m. to 12 noon: Ichabod Crane High School, Valatie. Pre-registration is required at https://forms.gle/mngpRnfnPnVjpZee7 A form of photo identification will be required, and a mask is required for entry. These tests will be nasopharyngeal swabs, which are most useful to detect the virus in actively sick people. These are not antibody tests. The kits used at these testing sites are part of those purchased with the help of private donations to Columbia County. After leaving the test site, symptomatic residents should go directly home for mandatory quarantine until results are shared with them. Essential workers should plan on quarantining outside of work and being extremely cautious around those they come into contact with. It may take up to five days to receive the test results. Everyone who gets tested at the site will receive their results once they are processed by Wadsworth Laboratory in Albany.


On Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9 a.m. and 12 noon, any municipal or private agency/organization that would like free NYS hand sanitizer can come to the Public Safety Facility (PSF) parking lot at 85 Industrial Tract, Hudson, where they will receive up to two cases (eight gallons) of hand sanitizer per week based upon the size and need of the organization. Small spray bottles of hand sanitizer will also be available. “I would like to remind everyone that the hand sanitizer, which is provided to us by the state, can only be handed out to Columbia County businesses, non-profits, and municipal/governmental agencies,” said county Emergency Management Director Harrison. Those coming to the PSF for hand sanitizer should enter the north entrance (NYS DOT side) of the PSF parking area, and drive to the white “Sheriff’s” utility trailer in front of the building. Emergency Management and Sheriff’s Department staff will dispense the hand sanitizer at that point.


Monetary: Monetary donations intended for the purchase of coronavirus testing kits and much-needed equipment for emergency responders, medical personnel, and others on the front lines of the coronavirus fight are advised to send a check in care of Columbia County, with coronavirus noted in the memo field. The check can be sent to the Columbia County Controller’s Office, 401 State Street, Hudson, NY 12534. All money received is being placed in a dedicated account.

PPE: Those wishing to make donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as N95 masks, face shields, and gowns, are advised to contact the Emergency Management Office at 518-828-1212. If no one answers, leave a message and someone will return the call. Food: Donations should be directed to the county Office for the Aging (518-828-4258) and local food pantries.


Family Assistance Network: As part of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Columbia County Emergency Management has asked leaders in the human services and spiritual areas of our community for help, Director of Emergency Management David W. Harrison, Jr., said Saturday. The individuals were asked to form a Family Assistance Network to provide information to assist county residents who may be dealing with someone close to them who passed away as a result of the COVID-19 virus. Information on where someone can reach out for help is posted on various websites, including the Columbia County website and Emergency Management Facebook page. Hotline for Elderly and Vulnerable: Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett has established a hotline for the elderly and vulnerable in our county, including those with medical conditions or are disabled, who would welcome a deputy checking on their well-being on a daily basis. The number for the hotline is 518-828-0601, extension 1400.


It is the county’s intention to issue accurate information regarding the coronavirus situation under conditions that can change by the minute. For the most up-to-date, accurate information, visit the County Department of Health’s website at https://www.columbiacountynyhealth.com/home/coronavirus-covid-19 or their Facebook page @: https://www.facebook.com/Columbia-County-Department-of-Health-469399129790791/. The state’s coronavirus website, with up-to-the-minute information, can be located at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home. The county will issue a press release on the coronavirus situation Monday, Wednesday & Fridays. The releases can be found on the Columbia County website and the Facebook pages of the Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Health, and the Emergency Management Office.

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