Virus claims fourth life; ignore rumors

HUDSON—A fourth person’s life has been claimed by the coronavirus in Columbia County.

Columbia County Department of Health (DOH) Director Jack Mabb reported the death in the April 7 coronavirus update press release issued by Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Murell.

“All four individuals who have died in the county are seniors with comorbidities,” Mr. Mabb said.

Comorbidity refers to the presence of more than one medical condition in the same person.

The latest victim was not a resident of the Pine Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Philmont. Two of the four victims have been. The nursing center has 17 positive Covid-19 cases.

The county DOH has completed extensive research into commercially available coronavirus testing kits, and an order for test kits has been placed. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to conduct more extensive testing in the county,”

“Testing is key to understanding the extent of the disease—and aiding in the fight against it—in our community,” Mr. Mabb said in the release.

“This is not the time to take stock in information that circulates on the rumor mill relating to the coronavirus situation. Relying on official sources can help to cut down on the misinformation that only causes fear and confusion in an already confusing time,” Chairman Murell advised Tuesday.

Locally, the county issues a daily press release on the coronavirus situation every afternoon at 4. The releases can be found on the Columbia County website and the Facebook pages of the Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Health, and the Emergency Management Office.

Anyone who wants to donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as N95 masks, face shields, and gowns, are advised to contact the Emergency Management Office at 518-828-1212. If there is no answer, leave a message and someone will return the call.

Food donations should be directed to the county Office for the Aging 518-828-4258 and local pantries.

Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett has established a new hotline for “the elderly and vulnerable in our county, including those with medical conditions or are disabled,” who would welcome a deputy checking on their well-being on a daily basis. The number for the hotline is 518-828-0601 X 1400.

“Leave a message and someone will return your call. A time frame, morning or afternoon, will be established for when you would like the deputy to come to your residence. When the deputy comes by, he or she will knock on the door, then retreat to a safe distance and wait for someone to signal that all is well inside,” the sheriff said.

The state’s coronavirus website, with up-to-the-minute information, can be found at

For the most up-to-date, accurate information, visit the County Department of Health’s website at or their Facebook page @:

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