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Posted on: April 21, 2020

[ARCHIVED] ***City/County/State COVID-19 Update 4/21/20

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Small signs of "Un-Pausing"...the City's Building and Planning Departments are accepting new applications by mail.

From the City:

  • Land Use Board meetings are resuming using Zoom videoconferencing.  Board members, applicants and the public will connect on Zoom while strict social distancing practices are still in place under the COVID-19 State of Emergency.  Visit the Planning Department on the website for schedule, agenda and registration details.
  • New applications to the land use boards can now be submitted to the Planning Department via US Mail only.  Application information is available online.
  • New permit applications can now be submitted to the Building Department via US Mail only.  A primary contact email address must be included on the application.  Visit the Building Department on the website for additional information about the limitation of services, in consideration of the guidance document released from Empire State Development on Executive Order 202.6 (and 8) and recent updates on the status of COVID-19 in our area.
  • Effective May 12, 2020 the NYS Uniform Code and NYS Energy Code will be updated to the 2020 version.  The effective date will not change as a result of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.  Applications accepted on or after May 12, 2020 must comply with the 2020 NYS Code books.   Incomplete or inadequate applications will cause delays.  
    For more information, please visit the Department of State website:

From Governor Cuomo / New York State:

  • I met with President Trump today in the White House to discuss testing. We agreed that the state will be responsible for managing the actual tests in our laboratories. The federal government, meanwhile, will take on the responsibility of supply chain issues that are beyond states’ control. The President and I also discussed much-needed funding for the states — and the White House team understood our need.
  • The number of hospitalizations continue to fall. Yesterday, total hospitalizations fell to 16,076, the eighth straight day of declines. Notwithstanding this encouraging trend, infections remain high and the virus is still spreading. See the latest data at
  • Elective outpatient treatments can resume in hospitals and counties where there is no significant risk of COVID-19 surge in the near term. Beginning April 28, 2020, hospitals will be able to resume performing elective outpatient treatments if they meet certain conditions. Restrictions on elective surgeries remain in place in Albany, Bronx, Clinton, Dutchess, Erie, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Queens, Rensselaer, Richmond, Rockland, Schuyler, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester and Yates counties as the state continues to monitor the rate of new COVID-19 infections in these areas.
  • We will make reopening decisions on a regional basis, depending on the facts on the ground. We recognize that not all regions are impacted with COVID-19 in the same way. It’s the logical thing to do.
  • The State Department of Labor has launched a new, streamlined unemployment benefits application. The agency is laser focused on getting New Yorkers the aid they deserve. This new application will make sure that eligible New Yorkers get their benefits faster. Since the COVID-19 crisis began, DOL has paid $2.2 billion in unemployment benefits to 1.1 million New Yorkers.


From the County:

  • The Saratoga County Department of Public Health Services today announced that there are 277 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Saratoga County and 11 of those individuals are hospitalized at this time.
  • Officials from Saratoga County will be hosting a Facebook Live event on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. to answer questions from residents related to COVID-19. The hour-long event will be hosted on the Saratoga County Office of Emergency Services Facebook page and feature:
    Jennifer McCloskey, Director of Employment and Training
    Dr. Michael Prezioso, Commissioner of Mental Health and Addictive Services
    Tina Potter, Commissioner of Social Services 
    Community members can submit questions in advance or view the stream here:


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