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Posted on: April 7, 2020

[ARCHIVED] ***City/County/State COVID-19 Update 4/7/20

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Keep Your Social Distance!

From the City: 

  • At tonight’s City Council meeting, an amendment to the 2019 CDBG Action Plan was approved to assist Shelters of Saratoga with its efforts to move our homeless population, currently at Code Blue, from their congregate setting to the Holiday Inn.
  • We believe this effort will help to curb the community spread of COVIC-19 throughout the City.


From Governor Cuomo / New York State:

1. New York seeks private sector partners to bring rapid COVID-19 testing to scale and accelerate testing capacity. Businesses interested in working with the state to manufacture these rapid tests on a large scale should contact Empire State Development at 212-803-3100 or 

2. Student loan borrowers experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 can obtain relief for loans not covered by the CARES Act. Available relief includes 90 days of deferred monthly payments, waived late fees, no negative reporting to credit agencies and enrolling eligible borrowers in available long-term assistance programs. New York student loan borrowers should visit the Department of Financial Services’ website for more information about available student loan relief.

3. The State Department of Health has developed a test to detect antibodies to the COVID-19 infection in an individual’s blood. This test is an important step towards determining whether New Yorkers are developing immunity and when they could potentially return to work or school. 

4. "Go Paper" campaign to raise awareness about Coronavirus protocols in your community. Starting this week, the online grocer FreshDirect will include a paper flyer with their deliveries that reminds New Yorkers to stay home. Any delivery service (or individual) can print the flyer and include in deliveries to spread this crucial message. To print out and distribute the flyer in your community, visit:

5. In order to restart the economy, we need a federal stimulus bill that actually understands the state’s needs. I issued a letter to New York’s Congressional Delegation outlining the state’s needs in the next federal COVID-19 legislation. The previous COVID-19 stimulus bills failed to adequately address New York’s COVID-related revenue losses.


From the County:

  • The Saratoga County Department of Public Health today announced that there are 167 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Saratoga County and 11 of those individuals are hospitalized at this time. 
  • There has been another death of a Saratoga County resident who had tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total to five. The 78-year-old man was a resident of Ballston Lake.


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