May 15, 2020 Update

Columbia County Board of Health Update

As of 2 PM on May 15, 2020:

-We are sad to report Columbia County has had a 25th person that has passed away from COVID-19. Of those 25 deaths, 5 have been from the community, 11 have been residents of Pine Haven, and 9 have been residents of Barnwell.

-339 positive cases of COVID-19
-150 of the 339 cases have recovered from COVID-19
– 16 of the positive cases are hospitalized, 2 of those hospitalized are in the ICU
-We have received 2,915 test results completed for Columbia County residents
-150 residents are under mandatory quarantine and 5 under precautionary quarantine

Below you can find the breakdown of TOTAL confirmed, positive cases of COVID-19 in Columbia County. We will be sharing this information each Friday afternoon going forward.PLEASE continue to practice social distancing.

By learning the towns of positive cases we don’t want anyone to feel a sense of false confidence that the virus is not in their community. In order to slow the spread, we need to stay vigilant on prevention measures no matter where the positive, confirmed cases reside.…/coronavirus-covid…/

Ancram 5
Canaan 9
Chatham 12
Claverack 8
Clermont 4
Copake 14
Germantown 7
Ghent 16
Greenport 13
Hillsdale 8
Hudson 32
Kinderhook 30
Livingston 8
New Lebanon 4
Stockport 1
Stuyvesant 9
Livingston Hills 2
Pine Haven 36
Barnwell 121

Columbia County Update

FROM: Chairman Matt Murell


Columbia County Emergency Management Director David W. Harrison, Jr., said earlier this week that his office had received a delivery of 11,000 cloth masks from New York State. The masks have been divided and delivered to the municipalities within the county.

“County residents should look to their towns, villages and the City of Hudson for cloth masks when needed. We thank the town and city supervisors and the mayors for their cooperation,” Director Harrison said. In addition, said Director Harrison, “The food pantries in our county have been busy — we would like to remind people that any donations of food should go to the local food pantries and to the county Office for the Aging.”


Columbia County has received new monetary donations toward the purchase of coronavirus testing kits, Chairman Murell said Friday. Prior donations from the public amounted to $31,630. Since then, a total of $645 has been received: $50 from Henry and Kim Meade and $595 from Erin Hawker and Jonathan Furay, who conducted a neighborhood fundraiser. “Once again, I can’t thank everyone enough for their generous support in the fight against the coronavirus,” said Chairman Murell.


As the weather begins to improve, the county has fielded calls regarding yard sales and whether or not they are currently allowed under New York State guidelines, said Chairman Murell on Friday “I’m sorry to say that despite the rich history of yard sales in Columbia County, they are not allowed — they are considered retail operations, which fall under Phase 2 of the state’s four-phase reopening plan,” said Chairman Murell.


TWO NEW TESTING CLINIC DATES The Columbia County Department of Health has set the dates for two upcoming coronavirus testing clinics. Both are scheduled to be held at the John L. Edwards Elementary School in Hudson, the first on Wednesday, May 27, And the second on Tuesday, June 2. Times are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Matt B. Murell Chairman Kelly S. Baccaro Clerk Ronald L. Knott Deputy Chairman James J. Guzzi Deputy Chairman “We are looking for individuals who are symptomatic, or have experienced symptoms in the recent past,” said Director Mabb. Additional information, including signup instructions, can be found on the Health Department’s webpage on the Columbia County website or by calling 518-828-3358.


County Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Murell said earlier this week that the county is aware of businesses that are attempting to conduct business in disregard of the state’s New York on PAUSE order. “We have received complaints about PAUSE being violated in the county,” said Chairman Murell. “The county is working with municipalities to address those complaints, which are considered building and zoning code issues and therefore a town, village, or city matter. I remind everyone that the county is required to follow the proper procedures regarding the handling of complaints or potentially face state penalties.” As of Friday, added Chairman Murell, the Capital Region has satisfied five of the seven metrics set forth by the state in order for a region to begin reopening its economy under Phase I of the four-phase plan. Additional information can be found at


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 Matt B. Murell Chairman Kelly S. Baccaro Clerk Ronald L. Knott Deputy Chairman James J. Guzzi Deputy Chairman should 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.

Masks: Those interested in donating masks should contact Austerlitz Town Supervisor and county Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Rob Lagonia at [email protected] “It doesn’t matter whether it’s five or 100, we need every one,” said Lagonia, who recommends that those wishing to help out with mask donations consult CDC guidelines at

Currently, Ocean State Job Lot stores are offering free fabric for use in the construction of masks in a “Mask Fabric For Free” campaign. Visit any Ocean State location for the fabric, which is said to be of a high-quality cotton/polyester blend available in two sizes. Further information is available on the Ocean State Job Lot website. Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts is offering free mask kits. Those seeking to acquire a kit are advised to order online for curbside pickup. The Greenport store telephone number is 518-828-2621. Current store hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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.


Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Murell continues to urge anyone migrating from outside Columbia County to self-quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival. “Everyone should consider they are a carrier of the coronavirus,” said Murell.


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 or their Facebook page @: The state’s coronavirus website, with up-to-the-minute information, can be located at The county will issue a daily press release on the coronavirus situation every afternoon at 4. 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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