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Posted on: April 5, 2020

[ARCHIVED] ***State/County/City COVID-19 Update 4/5/20


STAY HOME. STAY SAFE. New information resources are available.

From Governor Cuomo:

  • The federal government is deploying 1,000 personnel to New York State. The personnel includes doctors, nurses, respiratory technicians and therapists to help the state’s overwhelmed hospital systems. The first 325 personnel were deployed to the New York City hospital system today.
  • The State COVID-19 tracker now includes more comprehensive demographicsThe website, includes additional data on the gender distribution of positive cases, as well as fatalities by age group.
  • A new COVID-19 drive-thru mobile testing center will open in Albany on Monday, April 6th. The mobile testing center will be located in a parking lot at the State University of New York at Albany campus at 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany. The site will prioritize tests for individuals who are among the highest risk population. Capital District residents who would like to be tested must make an appointment by calling 888-364-3065. There will be no walk-ins allowed and all patients must be in a vehicle.
  • A mental health hotline is available to New Yorkers who need it. We can’t underestimate the impact this pandemic is having on mental health. New Yorkers can call the state’s hotline at 1-844-863-9314 to get free emotional support, consultations and referrals to a provider.
  • A reminder that pharmacies offer free home delivery of prescriptions to New Yorkers. Pharmacies, including Walgreens and CVS, have agreed to offer free home delivery of prescriptions to help reduce long lines. New Yorkers can easily get the prescriptions they need without putting themselves or others at risk.


From Saratoga County:

  • The Saratoga County Department of Public Health today announced that there are 155 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Saratoga County and 16 of those individuals are hospitalized at this time.
  • The number of testing kits for COVID-19 in the area remains limited. Residents are reminded to contact their primary care provider if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. A doctor’s order is required in order to receive a COVID-19 test, which are conducted in a clinical setting. The Saratoga County Department of Public Health does not conduct testing and can only order testing in limited circumstances.
  • Use of cloth face coverings help slow the spread of COVID-19.  Visit the CDC website for more information on making and wearing one.


In Saratoga Springs:

  • ATTEND FROM HOME:  Tuesday’s City Council meeting will be held virtually on Zoom and streamed on the City’s website for live-viewing.  
  • Members of the public can also participate in the Public Hearings via Zoom, and submit public comments to the Council at


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