Phase Two of re-opening approaches

HUDSON—As the early days of Phase One of reopening the Capital Region economy unfold and Phase Two approaches, the second meeting of Columbia Comeback was held the afternoon of May 26.

Columbia Comeback meeting replays can be accessed at, according to the county-issued Covid-19 update press release for May 26.

Columbia Comeback, comprised of local government and business leaders, was established by Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Murell to serve as a resource to help businesses safely and successfully reopen in alignment with New York State’s guidelines. Read more…

CLC’s Paden to step down at the end of year

CHATHAM—Peter Paden, the long-time executive director of the Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC), has notified the Board of Trustees that he will retire at the end of 2020.

Mr. Paden has been an extraordinary leader and the legacy of his work will endure for years to come, according to a press release from the CLC.

During Mr. Paden’s tenure as executive director, which began in 2007, CLC has made remarkable progress towards its mission of conserving rural landscapes and connecting people with the land. Read more…

Virus death toll remains at 32 on Memorial Day

HUDSON—The Columbia County coronavirus death toll remained at 32 as of Memorial Day, May 25 at 11:30 a.m.

According to figures from the Columbia County Department of Health (DOH) for the day, there have been 381 positive cases of Covid-19 with 156 active cases currently; 71 additional residents are on mandatory quarantine and 4 residents are on precautionary quarantine.

So far, 193 of the 381 total cases have recovered from the virus; 16 of the positive cases are hospitalized, 1 of those hospitalized is in the ICU. The DOH has received 4,626 completed test results for Columbia County residents. Read more…

15 dead of virus at The Grand; total county deaths steady at 32

HUDSON—“The Grand at Barnwell has experienced another death since Saturday, bringing to 15 the number of deaths from Covid-19 at the facility,” Columbia County Department of Health Director Jack Mabb said, Sunday, May 23.

The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Barnwell, 3230 Church Street, Valatie had 127 positive cases of the virus as of Friday, May 22, according to DOH figures.

Also since yesterday (Saturday, May 23), the DOH learned that another seven individuals within the county had tested positive for the virus. Read more…

Virus claims 32; gather in small groups only

HUDSON—The total number of Columbia County deaths due to the coronavirus is up to 32, according the Columbia County Department of Health’s (DOH) updated Covid-19 numbers as of Saturday, May 23 at 10:30 a.m.

The health department reports that Columbia County has had 360 positive cases of Covid-19 and currently 139 are active cases. There are 65 additional residents on mandatory quarantine and 3 residents on precautionary quarantine.

Of the 360 total cases, 189 have recovered from the virus; 16 of the positive cases are hospitalized, none of the hospitalized cases is in the ICU.

The DOH has received 4,222 completed test results for Columbia County residents. Read more…