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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan Provides Update to City Residents Regarding COVID-19 Outbreak Response

April 17, 2020

Date: April 17, 2020

Contact: David Galin
(518) 801-2857

ALBANY, NY – Today, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan provided residents with a video update regarding the City’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

To view Mayor Sheehan’s message, please visit the City’s Facebook page.  To download a copy of Mayor Sheehan’s message, please visit https://bit.ly/MayorSheehanApril17Update


Walk-Up Testing Sites:
On Wednesday, Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy and County Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen announced the opening of three walk-up COVID-19 test sites in Albany’s South End, Arbor Hill, and West End neighborhoods.  Mayor Sheehan joined County Executive McCoy to tour the site at the Capital South Campus Center (20 Warren Street) on Thursday. A site at the Whitney Young Health Center (920 Lark Drive) also opened on Thursday, and a site at Bleecker Terrace Apartments (North Manning Boulevard) was open on Friday.

Moving forward, the walk-up test site at the Whitney Young Health Center (920 Lark Drive) will be open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The other sites will be open on an as-needed basis.  Please visit Albany County’s COVID-19 Test website for the most up to date test schedule information.

These sites will be available on a walk-up basis, however an appointment is required.  To make an appointment, please call (518) 465-4771 and dial 0.

It is crucial that we are bringing tests to our entire community, especially given the disproportionate impact COVID-19 is having on our historically underserved communities.  Mayor Sheehan applauds County Executive Daniel McCoy and County Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen for working with the Whitney Young Health Center to open these three walk-up testing sites in our South End, Arbor Hill, and West End neighborhoods.

Please note: the drive-up test site at SUNY University at Albany remains open, however an appointment is required.  To make an appointment, please call the New York State Department of Health COVID-19 hotline at 888-364-3065.

Thanking the City’s first responders, 911 dispatchers, and transit workers:
This week, Mayor Sheehan attended several socially distanced events to help recognize many of our essential employees, including our first responders, 911 dispatchers, and transit workers.

Mayor Sheehan and Fire Department Chief Joseph Gregory held a socially distanced promotion ceremony for two Captains and two Lieutenants of the Albany Fire Department.  While no members of the public, including the officers’ family members, attended due to the COVID-19 outbreak and social distancing requirements, a video of the ceremony can be found on the City’s Facebook page.

Mayor Sheehan and Police Chief Eric Hawkins visited the City’s 911 dispatch center on Thursday and provided lunch to help celebrate Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.  Now more than ever, the City relies on our dispatchers to answer emergency calls, send help, and rapidly provide the Albany Police Department and Albany Fire Department with vital information.

Mayor Sheehan and Fire Department Chief Joseph Gregory also joined CDTA to help “sound the horn” – a nationwide event held Thursday.  This event helped thank our transit workers who continue to ensure essential workers and those who rely on public transportation can continue to get to and from work, the grocery store, and other essential locations safely.

This week it was also announced that a member of the Albany Police Department tested positive for COVID-19 – the first member of the Department to do so.  This individual had not had significant interactions with others in the Department, and on behalf of the entire City, Mayor Sheehan expressed her hopes that the individual will recover quickly.

Cancellation of Memorial Day Parade:
On Friday, Mayor Sheehan and Joint Veteran’s Committee Chairman Mark Rosenzweig announced that the City of Albany 2020 Memorial Day Parade, originally scheduled for Monday, May 25, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Joint Veteran’s Committee coordinates with veterans organizations and schools across the region to organize the annual Memorial Day Parade.  With New York on PAUSE extended to May 15, and uncertainty over when large gatherings will resume, the Committee will instead honor the day with a solemn wreath laying at both the Gold Star Families and Vietnam Monuments in Lafayette Park the morning of Monday, May 25.

Sharing Updates from Governor Cuomo:
This week, Governor Cuomo announced the extension of New York on PAUSE until May 15.  He also directed all New Yorkers to wear masks or face coverings in public and in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained, beginning Friday, April 17 at 8:00 p.m.

In Mayor Sheehan’s weekly message, she also reiterated the importance of contact tracing capacity and infection rates as major factors to be analyzed when determining when to re-open the economy.

COVID-19 Prevention Reminders:
As a reminder, please visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the New York State Department of Health and the Albany County Department of Health for the most recent guidelines regarding COVID-19 precautions and symptoms.

All individuals are urged to continue following social distancing protocols, including staying at home as much as possible, especially if you feel ill but even if you feel well, keeping at least 6 feet from other individuals, regularly washing hands, covering coughs, avoiding the touching of face, eyes, mouth, nose, and ears, and taking special caution to avoid exposing the elderly and people with underlying health conditions.

You may also find a variety of City of Albany-specific COVID-19 response information, including information regarding where to access food or child care, school closures, and how to volunteer, by visiting the City of Albany COVID-19 Resource Guide.

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Date: April 17, 2020

Contact: David Galin

dgalin@albanyny.gov

(518) 801-2857

 

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan Provides Update to City Residents Regarding COVID-19 Outbreak Response

 

Mayor Sheehan Reminds Residents to Visit City of Albany COVID-19 Resource Guide for Additional Information

 

Stay Home.  Be Kind.  Save Lives.

 

ALBANY, NY – Today, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan provided residents with a video update regarding the City’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

To view Mayor Sheehan’s message, please visit the City’s Facebook page.  To download a copy of Mayor Sheehan’s message, please visit https://bit.ly/MayorSheehanApril17Update

 

Walk-Up Testing Sites:

 

On Wednesday, Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy and County Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen announced the opening of three walk-up COVID-19 test sites in Albany’s South End, Arbor Hill, and West End neighborhoods.  Mayor Sheehan joined County Executive McCoy to tour the site at the Capital South Campus Center (20 Warren Street) on Thursday.  A site at the Whitney Young Health Center (920 Lark Drive) also opened on Thursday, and a site at Bleecker Terrace Apartments (North Manning Boulevard) was open on Friday.

 

Moving forward, the walk-up test site at the Whitney Young Health Center (920 Lark Drive) will be open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The other sites will be open on an as-needed basis.  Please visit Albany County’s COVID-19 Test website for the most up to date test schedule information.

 

These sites will be available on a walk-up basis, however an appointment is required.  To make an appointment, please call (518) 465-4771 and dial 0.

 

It is crucial that we are bringing tests to our entire community, especially given the disproportionate impact COVID-19 is having on our historically underserved communities.  Mayor Sheehan applauds County Executive Daniel McCoy and County Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen for working with the Whitney Young Health Center to open these three walk-up testing sites in our South End, Arbor Hill, and West End neighborhoods.

 

Please note: the drive-up test site at SUNY University at Albany remains open, however an appointment is required.  To make an appointment, please call the New York State Department of Health COVID-19 hotline at 888-364-3065.

 

Thanking the City’s first responders, 911 dispatchers, and transit workers:

 

This week, Mayor Sheehan attended several socially distanced events to help recognize many of our essential employees, including our first responders, 911 dispatchers, and transit workers.

 

Mayor Sheehan and Fire Department Chief Joseph Gregory held a socially distanced promotion ceremony for two Captains and two Lieutenants of the Albany Fire Department.  While no members of the public, including the officers’ family members, attended due to the COVID-19 outbreak and social distancing requirements, a video of the ceremony can be found on the City’s Facebook page.

 

Mayor Sheehan and Police Chief Eric Hawkins visited the City’s 911 dispatch center on Thursday and provided lunch to help celebrate Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.  Now more than ever, the City relies on our dispatchers to answer emergency calls, send help, and rapidly provide the Albany Police Department and Albany Fire Department with vital information.

 

Mayor Sheehan and Fire Department Chief Joseph Gregory also joined CDTA to help “sound the horn” – a nationwide event held Thursday.  This event helped thank our transit workers who continue to ensure essential workers and those who rely on public transportation can continue to get to and from work, the grocery store, and other essential locations safely.

 

This week it was also announced that a member of the Albany Police Department tested positive for COVID-19 – the first member of the Department to do so.  This individual had not had significant interactions with others in the Department, and on behalf of the entire City, Mayor Sheehan expressed her hopes that the individual will recover quickly.

 

Cancellation of Memorial Day Parade:

 

On Friday, Mayor Sheehan and Joint Veteran’s Committee Chairman Mark Rosenzweig announced that the City of Albany 2020 Memorial Day Parade, originally scheduled for Monday, May 25, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.


The Joint Veteran’s Committee coordinates with veterans organizations and schools across the region to organize the annual Memorial Day Parade.  With New York on PAUSE extended to May 15, and uncertainty over when large gatherings will resume, the Committee will instead honor the day with a solemn wreath laying at both the Gold Star Families and Vietnam Monuments in Lafayette Park the morning of Monday, May 25.


Sharing Updates from Governor Cuomo:

 

This week, Governor Cuomo announced the extension of New York on PAUSE until May 15.  He also directed all New Yorkers to wear masks or face coverings in public and in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained, beginning Friday, April 17 at 8:00 p.m.

 

In Mayor Sheehan’s weekly message, she also reiterated the importance of contact tracing capacity and infection rates as major factors to be analyzed when determining when to re-open the economy.

 

COVID-19 Prevention Reminders:

 

As a reminder, please visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the New York State Department of Health and the Albany County Department of Health for the most recent guidelines regarding COVID-19 precautions and symptoms.

 

All individuals are urged to continue following social distancing protocols, including staying at home as much as possible, especially if you feel ill but even if you feel well, keeping at least 6 feet from other individuals, regularly washing hands, covering coughs, avoiding the touching of face, eyes, mouth, nose, and ears, and taking special caution to avoid exposing the elderly and people with underlying health conditions.

 

You may also find a variety of City of Albany-specific COVID-19 response information, including information regarding where to access food or child care, school closures, and how to volunteer, by visiting the City of Albany COVID-19 Resource Guide.

 

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