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Positive virus cases surge over 200


HUDSON—The number of total positive coronavirus cases in Columbia County topped 200 as of April 30 at 4:15 p.m.

The new total—205 cases is up by 36 cases from the 169 positive cases reported by the Columbia County Department of Health (DOH) yesterday.

The coronavirus death toll stands at 13.

In other numbers reported by the DOH earlier in the day (3 p.m.) Thursday, April 30: there were 188 positive coronavirus cases; 92 have recovered from Covid-19; 14 are hospitalized with 6 of them in the ICU.

Columbia County Department of Health Director Jack Mabb said in the Thursday, April 30 Covid-19 update press release issued by the county that the DOH is performing ongoing extensive due diligence on the different tests, their capabilities and accuracy.

“We are very aware the public is eager for more information on testing, and for more testing to occur, and we are in that same position. Before spending precious funds on the next order of kits, we want to be certain that they are the correct tests for us. Inaccurate results would do no one any good.” Mr. Mabb said in the release.

The county DOH will continue to issue updates on its research and where it’s leading as the process proceeds.

In mid-April, the wearing of a face covering became mandatory when six feet of distance cannot be maintained between oneself and others, County Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Murell said Thursday.

“Any individual who is over the age of two and able to medically tolerate a face-covering shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain, or when not maintaining, social distance,” Austerlitz Town Supervisor and county Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Rob Lagonia explained in the release.

“However, if a face covering would inhibit or otherwise impair an individual’s health, or if an individual is not older than two years of age, an individual is not required to wear or use such a covering. Further, essential business operators and enforcement authorities are prohibited from requesting or requiring medical or other documentation from an individual who declines to wear a face covering due to a medical or other health condition that prevents such usage. This does not represent an excuse to not wear a mask,” Mr. Lagonia said in the April 30 release.

“As our health officials have pointed out, a mask protects us from one another in the event someone sneezes or coughs—this is a critical piece in the fight against the coronavirus, and it has proven to work,” Mr. Murell said.

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.

Monetary donations for the purchase of much-needed equipment for emergency responders, medical personnel and others on the front lines of the coronavirus fight can be sent via check in care of Columbia County, with coronavirus noted in the memo field. Mail the check to the Columbia County Controller’s Office, 401 State Street, Hudson 12534. All money received is being placed in a dedicated account.

A hotline has been established for the elderly and vulnerable in the county, including those with medical conditions or who are disabled and would welcome a deputy checking on their well-being on a daily basis. The number for the hotline is 518-828-0601 X 1400.

For the most up-to-date, accurate information visit the County Department of Health’s website at or their Facebook page at The state’s coronavirus website, with up-to-the-minute information, can be found at

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