Albany County residents who call 518-447-7777 will be directed to services relating to health insurance, pregnancy support, domestic violence, addiction support, social services, and more. The monthly call volume has about doubled since June.

In a poll released today, half of the members of New York State United Teachers say they are reluctant or unwilling to go back to in-person instruction this fall amid ongoing concerns over the health and safety of reopening school buildings.

This week, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation extending the look-back window for victims of childhood abuse to file claims under the Child Victims Act, regardless of when or how long ago the alleged abuse occurred.

The New York State Department of Health has set maximum levels for three emerging drinking-water contaminants: perfluorooctanoic acid, perfluorooctane sulfonate, and 1,4-dioxane.

“Here’s a virtual hug for everyone,” says Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy.

The “million-dollar question,” Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy said, is: “Are we going to get back to some type of normalcy and how long will it take?”

The age group with the highest number of cases, at 480, remains those between the ages 20 to 29. Albany County Health Commissioner Elizabeth Whalen said she is concerned about that age group “in terms of spread and in terms of more potential infection.”

Food pantries are not income-based but rather serve individuals and families based on need.

Health Commissioner Elizabeth Whalen

Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy revealed that an antibody test showed he had had COVID-19 in December or January when he was traveling out-of-state. He added, “It doesn’t mean I can’t get it again … so I am cautious.”

School leaders planning reopening are “repurposing” resources as they face added expenses to keep students and staff safe from COVID-19. At the same time, Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy is urging residents to show support for the Democratic federal stimulus plan that includes funds for state and local governments.

Albany County continued with a second week of upticks in cases as numbers improved across most of the state. On Wednesday, Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy announced two more deaths from the virus as well as 20 new confirmed cases.