County death toll up to 8; face shield donation received

HUDSON—An eighth person has died of coronavirus in Columbia County as of April 12 at 1:30 p.m. according to an update from the Columbia County Department of Health (https://www.columbiacountynyhealth.com/home/coronavirus-covid-19/).

*There are 89 positive cases of Covid-19 in the county.

*36 of the 89 cases have recovered from Covid-19

*8 of the positive cases are hospitalized, 2 of those are in the ICU

*650 test results have been completed for Columbia County residents

*85 residents are under mandatory quarantine and 21 under precautionary quarantine

*There are 10 residents with suspected, not tested cases of the virus.

In Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Murell’s daily Covid-19 update press release, Sunday, April 12, Emergency Medical Service Coordinator P.J. Keeler said that Next Gen Signs of Ghent is making a donation of face shields for use by emergency medical personnel in Columbia County.

“After testing and using the face shields, we found them to be far superior to what the state has supplied. We can’t thank Next Gen enough for their generosity,” Mr. Keeler said in the release.

“We are highly appreciative that the community is stepping up to help during this difficult time,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Murell, adding, the efforts of many have not gone unnoticed by county officials.

“Not a day goes by that we don’t pause to thank local individuals, businesses, and organizations that have made donations to the county Emergency Operations Center, nursing homes, the hospital, emergency services agencies, essential employees, and all those on the front lines during this crisis. It’s heartening to see the outpouring of support from our community,” he said.

“During daily statewide conference calls, it’s become apparent that many counties are frustrated with the lack of medical emergency Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) deliveries coming from the New York State stockpile,” Columbia County Director of Emergency Management David W. Harrison, Jr., said this week.

“Counties are working to purchase PPE on their own, but vendors differ and the delivery times are extended. In the meantime, as top level New York State and federal officials say there is enough PPE for everyone, the counties are not seeing this and our hospital, nursing homes, emergency services personnel and other healthcare providers are still in great need of PPE.

“The last very small bulk emergency delivery of medical PPE to Columbia County was on April 1. Our county leadership, which has been strong in their support during this Covid-19 pandemic, is again reaching out to our state and federal representatives to make sure they are aware of what’s really happening on the front line,” Mr. Harrison said.

“It’s concerning that our state and federal leaders are saying that there’s plenty of PPE for everyone, when clearly there is not. There’s a disconnect going on somewhere,” noted Mr. Murell.

Citing Google Covid-19 Community Mobility Reports, the county Department of Health (DOH) said numbers indicate a high population of county residents are still working, many are visiting grocery stores and pharmacies, and many continue to visit others.

“It appears that compliance to social distancing in Columbia County is not very good,” according to a DOH spokesman.

For the most up-to-date, accurate information, visit the County Department of Health’s website at https://www.columbiacountynyhealth.com/home/coronavirus-covid-19 or their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Columbia-County-Department-of-Health-469399129790791/. The state’s coronavirus website, with up-to-the-minute information, can be found at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home.

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