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Nurse at Albany County Jail tests positive for coronavirus, sheriff says

Nurse at Albany County Jail tests positive for coronavirus, sheriff says

Nurse at Albany County Jail tests positive for coronavirus, sheriff says
Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy, center, Monday morning
Photographer: Albany County

ALBANY - A nurse at the Albany County Jail has tested positive for coronavirus as institutions like correctional facilities remain on guard for the virus, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said Monday.

Officials have identified as many as 35 inmates who the nurse came in contact with and they were already isolated, Apple said.

Officials got that information Monday morning and have a total of 89 cells set up for isolation, if needed, Apple said.

"Obviously, a nurse at a county jail is not a good situation," Apple said.

Albany County as a whole has now recorded 122 positive cases of coronavirus, up from 115 the county reported Sunday. (The state reported 127 in Albany County Monday, up from 123 reported by the state Sunday.)

Seven of those who tested positive in Albany County are hospitalized, officials said.

There are also now 490 people under mandatory quarantine and 634 people under precautionary quarantine in the county. 

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Albany County Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen, however, warned that as testing kits have become scarcer locally, she expected the local numbers of confirmed positives to slow in the coming days.

Officials called for more testing kits to be made available locally.

Absent tests, Whalen said residents must continue to take the outbreak seriously.

"In order to contain this, you have to act like you have it and treat others like they have it," she said.

McCoy also praised the Guilderland school district for donating masks, gowns and other needed items they had on hand for use by medical professionals.

Anyone with mental health concerns continues to be asked to use the county's Mental Health Support Line at 518-269-6634 seven days a week,  from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Anyone experiencing a psychiatric emergency should still call the Albany County Mobile Crisis Team at (518) 549–6500.

The county also has an email  set up for children and families who wish  to send messages to residents of Shaker Place Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility, who can't see visitors now. E-cards can be sent to [email protected]albanycountyny.gov

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