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Jacquie Slater & WNYT Staff
Updated: March 13, 2020 12:34 PM
Created: March 13, 2020 08:38 AM
The situation surrounding the coronavirus outbreak is changing by the hour. Despite efforts to slow down the spread - there are now two new cases reported in Albany County. Both of them are linked to the woman who tested positive in Guilderland earlier this week. The new cases are members of that woman's household.
That leading to the schools in Guilderland to close as the governor has instructed any school with a positive case must close for at least 24 hours. One of these new cases is a student at Farnsworth Middle School.
The district has already planned to cancel classes for students on Monday, so faculty and staff can prepare for possible remote learning.
In Albany County, County Executive Dan McCoy and Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen say they are waiting on additional test results to come in related to these three positive Guilderland cases as well as the case announced Thursday with the UAlbany student. They expect the numbers to continue to go up.
As for quarantines as of Friday afternoon, there were 17 people in mandatory quarantine and 17 people in voluntary quarantine.
Additional measures being taken by the county executive to help slow the spread and protect the vulnerable population include not allowing visitors to the county nursing home.
They're also doing away with congregate meal times for seniors.
As for restaurants and businesses, Dan McCoy said some are choosing to close on their own accord. He says that is a personal decision.
When it comes to economic impacts of all this the county says it will definitely hit the budget next year but that is not the focus right now.
"It is going to have an economic impact. It's going to have a big impact on our budget next year, but I can't worry about that. What I’m worried about is the safety and health of our residents first and foremost and not so worried about the dollars amount," said Albany County Executive Dan McCoy.
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