Melissa Hale-Spencer

All Guilderland schools, including the middle school and high school with new coronavirus cases, are remaining open for in-person instruction.

A fairy-tale book released by J.K. Rowling to entertain kids confined by the pandemic lured 12-year-old Isla Besha of Altamont to draw a picture that was chosen, in an international contest, to illustrate the book.

Another Albany County resident — a woman in her seventies with underlying health conditions who lived in a nursing home — has died of COVID-19, McCoy announced at the start of Thursday’s press conference.

ALBANY COUNTY — The county’s health commissioner, Elizabeth Whalen, said on Thursday that her department, with exhausted staff, might not be able to keep up with investigating every new COVID-19 case, which has been the cornerstone of the county’s response.

ALBANY COUNTY — As COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Albany County, the county executive on Thursday stressed enforcement as opposed to his usual conciliatory approach.

Throughout the county’s 35th week of battling the virus, as COVID-19 cases reached new highs, officials at multiple press conferences implored and admonished residents to follow the simple seven-month-old directives of washing hands, wearing masks, not gathering, and staying six feet from others.

The Albany County Legislature is considering $500,000 to fund a new local develop corporation as well as $300,000 for small-business grants and support.

“If you want to stop the spread and you don’t want to shut businesses down again and you want to get back to somewhat of a new normal … we need your help,” said Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy.

ALBANY COUNTY — Because of a spike in COVID-19 cases, the University at Albany shifted on Tuesday to fully remote learning for the remainder of the fall semester. 

As Albany County nears the apex of COVID-19 cases it had this spring, the county’s executive, Daniel McCoy, worries about another shutdown — which he says many small businesses wouldn’t survive. The state is now using a targeted approach, with restrictions tailored to areas with micro-clusters of the virus.


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