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Albany County COVID-19 positives top 100 as Watervliet company praised for making masks

Albany County COVID-19 positives top 100 as Watervliet company praised for making masks

Albany County COVID-19 positives top 100 as Watervliet company praised for making masks
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ALBANY - The number of confirmed positive COVID-19 tests has risen to more than 100, while Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy praised a Watervliet company for shifting to making hospital masks from swimsuits.

McCoy and Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple spoke Sunday at the county's regular press conference on their coronavirus response and Apple referenced a "minor spike" in domestic violence calls.

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McCoy placed the number of COVID-19 positives in the county at 115, while state numbers placed Albany County at 123.

The number of people under mandatory quarantine in the county sat at 318, down from 386 Saturday, McCoy said. Those under precautionary quarantine sat at 634, up from 571 Saturday, McCoy said.

McCoy also called more test kids to be sent so they can do more tests.

McCoy highlighted Watervliet company M.N. Bird, normally a swimsuit manufacturer for children. The company, McCoy said, started making masks for Albany Medical Center and St. Peter's Hospital to help alleviate shortages. He provided a photo of the masks.

"I commend them. It's awesome what they're doing," McCoy said. "This is what's great about Albany County."

Apple addressed domestic violence issues, saying overall call volume has been a bit low, but the department has seen a "minor spike" in domestic calls.

He expected that to continue "when everyone is confined to their house and everybody's a little antsy."

Apple also provided an update on his deputy who tested positive for the virus. The deputy is doing well and is expected to come out of quarantine soon, Apple said. No other deputies tested positive and other deputies on isolation are to come out in the coming days, he said.

The jail has two inmates in isolation and no other signs there. The jail as 89 isolation cells ready, should they be needed.

"But so far, we have been very diligent in controlling access, fever testing and everything else," Apple said.

He also offered a "big shout-out to all the first responders out there."

McCoy reiterated that the coronavirus fight will continue over the coming months, into June and July.

"This is a marathon, not a sprint," McCoy said.

He asked that residents stay calm and reach out for mental health assistance as needed. A new Mental Health Support Line is operational for those dealing with stress and anxiety in their homes.

The number is there seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 518-269-6634. Anyone experiencing a psychiatric emergency in Albany County should call the Albany County Mobile Crisis Team at 518-549-6500.

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