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Posted on: April 26, 2020

[ARCHIVED] **County/State COVID-19 Weekend Update 4/26/20

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The Saratoga County Department of Public Health Services today released a list of Testing Sites and other updates on their website.

From Saratoga County:

  • The Saratoga County Department of Public Health Services today announced that there are 327 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Saratoga County and 7 of those individuals are hospitalized at this time.  
  • The Saratoga County Department of Public Health Services has updated its website to provide residents with additional information related to COVID-19.
    The website can be accessed here: and now includes:
    • Information on Governor Cuomo’s Executive Orders
    • A listing of county food pantries
    • Tips from the NYSDOH and CDC
    • Resources for healthcare workers, schools, workplaces and community-based organizations.

From New York State and Governor Cuomo: 

1. Today I outlined a phased plan to safely reopen New York at the appropriate time, taking a regional approach. Phase one will be to reopen low-risk construction and manufacturing businesses in parts of the state that have experienced a 14-day decline in the hospitalization rate. Phase two will open certain industries based on priority and risk level. (Businesses considered "more essential" with inherent low risks of infection in the workplace and to the customer will be prioritized.) Officials are closely monitoring the hospitalization rate, the infection rate, and other key health indicators, and will make adjustments to the plan based on this crucial data.

2. There will be a two-week waiting period in-between phases of this plan to monitor the effect. This will help ensure that the hospitalizations and infection rates are not increasing as some workers begin to return to work. 

3. Businesses and industries will create plans that include new measures to protect employees and consumers. The physical workplace will have to be reimagined to be safer, and businesses must implement processes that lower the risk of infection. The state is consulting with local leaders in each region and industry to formulate these plans.

4. Multi-state coordination is key, especially in downstate New York, where the outbreak has been more severe. We will work with neighboring states to ensure safe and consistent policies. In downstate New York, special attention will be taken to ensure the safety of low-income communities.

5. Hospitalizations fall again. Yesterday, the total number of hospitalizations fell to 13,839 — returning to the level of March 31. This is a positive trend, but it is still far higher than we would like to see. I am very saddened to say we lost 367 New Yorkers yesterday — down from 437 the previous day. Every day, this is the worst, most devastating news that I must give to New Yorkers. 



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