Updated: March 28, 2020 02:49 PM
Created: March 28, 2020 01:40 PM
A dozen mental health professionals have volunteered to help assist with the Albany County mental health hotline that was developed to support the public during the coronavirus pandemic.
County Executive Dan McCoy, county Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen, and Mental Health Director Dr. Stephen Giordano made the announcement Saturday. They say with the additional assistance, extended hours for the support line could possibly be provided by next week.
There is currently 178 confirmed positive cases of coronavirus in Albany County, 539 people under mandatory quarantine, and 234 people under precautionary quarantine.
With the rising number of cases in the county, McCoy says the support line is to help relieve some anxiety that residents could be experiencing.
The Mental Health Support Line number is (518) 269-6634 and will be in operation seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For a psychiatric emergency, you can call the Albany County Mobile Crisis Team at (518) 549–6500.
Finally, McCoy explained that anyone who is placed under precautionary quarantine must abide by the County Health Department’s guidelines and remain in your home, otherwise it would be changed to the legally binding mandatory quarantine.
Anyone in Albany County under precautionary or mandatory quarantine can call the United Way at 211 for guidance in food support.
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