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Posted on: March 28, 2020

**UPDATE State/County COVID-19 3/28/20

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**UPDATE State/County COVID-19 :

From Governor Cuomo:

1. I’m moving New York’s presidential primary to June 23rd. I’m issuing an Executive Order to move the presidential primary election from April 28 to June 23rd, aligning it with the congressional and legislative primaries in New York. Public health is our number one priority and we will carry out this vital democratic process at a safer date. 

2. I will sign an Executive Order making it clear that in no hospital in the state will a woman be forced to be alone when she gives birth. Hospitals will not be able to prevent a woman from having one companion present during childbirth at the hospital because of Coronavirus concerns. No woman should have to labor alone. 

3. The state will dedicate specific hospital facilities as COVID-patient only. The state has identified three sites — South Beach Psychiatric Facility in Staten Island, Westchester Square in the Bronx and SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn — that will provide more than 600 beds specifically for COVID-19 patients.

4. The federal government has approved four new sites for temporary hospitals to be built by the Army Corps of Engineers. The sites — the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, the Aqueduct Racetrack facility in Queens, CUNY Staten Island and the New York Expo Center in the Bronx — will add an additional 4,000 beds to the state’s capacity. 

5. All non-essential construction must be suspended. Essential construction, for example construction on roads, bridges, transit facilities, homeless shelters and health care facilities, may continue. For more details, see this guidance. FOR MORE FROM NY STATE:


UPDATE: COVID-19 Information for Saratoga County

March 28, 2020

Ballston Spa, NY - The Saratoga County Department of Public Health today announced that there are 110 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Saratoga County at this time. There are 11 individuals hospitalized.

Today, Saratoga County positioned signs requesting out-of-town visitors to self-isolate for 14 days in accordance with the Public Health Advisory issued earlier this week. The signs are posted at the intersection of the off-ramp of I-97 (Exit 9) and Route 146 in Clifton Park, and the intersection of Route 29 & 147 in Galway.

There is limited availability of COVID-19 tests available in the region. The number of confirmed cases is not believed to accurately reflect the number of COVID-19 positive cases in the community. It is important that everyone continues to work together to ‘flatten the curve’ and take precautions to protect themselves.

“It has been reported that people are still congregating outdoors, at parks and golf courses,” said Saratoga County Director of Public Health, Cathi Duncan. “Social distancing cannot be practiced while riding in a golf cart or gathering in groups. There needs to be a physical distance of greater than 6 feet apart, and individuals should not share things like drinks or towels, it will not help prevent the spread of viruses.”

The availability of testing at local hospitals remains limited and criteria for testing has become more stringent. Residents who are experiencing symptoms should call their doctor and if the criteria is met, testing will be ordered.Because testing may be delayed, it is important that everyone continue to minimizing in-person interaction with others, practice social distancing, practice good hand hygiene and stay home as much as possible.

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