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Posted on: April 2, 2020

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


Thank you to our community's first responders! We can't say it enough.

In Saratoga Springs:

Commissioner Robin Dalton and Mayor Meg Kelly hosted another Facebook Live session on mental health and the fear and anxiety brought on by the Coronavirus outbreak. Joining them again was Alex Capo, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 20 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and families. He is currently the Executive Director of The Charlton School.  

On Friday afternoon, we had the honor of recognizing the first responders of our community:  the Saratoga Hospital staff on the front line.  They were honored by the clapping and cheering and honking of local residents and members of the SSPD, SSFD, Saratoga County Sheriff and NYS Park Police.

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  • 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
  • Playground & recreation equipment have been closed.  
  • City parks are NOT closed. They are open and available for residents to enjoy - getting fresh air and being outside safely is important for everyone’s overall well-being and mental health.

From Saratoga County:

  • The Saratoga County Department of Public Health today announced that there are 148 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Saratoga County and 18 of those individuals are hospitalized as of Friday, April 3.
  • From Cathi Duncan, Director of Saratoga County Public Health Services: “People who are asymptomatic can still spread the virus, and it can be easily dismissed by some who mistake if for a common cold with a cough, sore throat, headache and fever. Don’t take the chance of spreading this virus to someone you love. Stay home!”


From Governor Cuomo on.  4/3/20:

  • The State launched a COVID-19 tracker to provide New York State’s comprehensive testing data to the public. The website,, which will be updated daily with the latest data, presents visualizations of statewide and county-level testing and results.
  • 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.
  • I will issue an Executive Order allowing the State to redistribute ventilators and personal protective equipment to hospitals with the highest need. We are asking upstate hospitals to loan 20 percent of their unused ventilators to struggling downstate hospitals — and then we will ask downstate hospitals for similar help when the pandemic wave hits upstate New York. The equipment will either be returned to the hospital it came from or the hospital will be reimbursed for it.


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