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Columbia County: COVID-19 Update

Updated: Mar 25, 2020

Columbia County Department of Health

325 Columbia Street, Suite 100, Hudson, NY 12534

(518) 828-3358 Fax (518) 828-8472

Hotline: (518) 828-8249

From: John J. Mabb, MA Public Health Director

March 16, 2020:

As of 4 pm on March 16, 2020, Columbia County has 0 positive cases of COVID-19, 3 individuals under mandatory quarantine, 9 individuals under precautionary quarantine.  We have received 15 test results completed for Columbia County residents, all with negative results. We continue to work closely with our local healthcare partners and community members on a case by case basis to evaluate testing criteria as issued by the CDC and NYSDOH.

We continue to monitor the national and state guidance and adapt our local response plans accordingly.

On March 16, 2020, the Governor issued an executive order, the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors issued State of Emergency for Columbia County, and the Mayor of Hudson issued a Local Emergency Order. The New York State Executive Order makes the following recommendations until further notice: no more public gatherings of over 50 persons, casinos will close at 8 pm tonight, gyms will close at 8 pm tonight, movie theaters will close at 8 pm tonight, bars/restaurants will close at 8 pm tonight- except for take out. It is recommended that only essentials be open after 8 pm tonight including grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies, medical facilities.

March 14, 2020:

The Columbia County Health Department would like to thank you for your patience in waiting for updates. The rapidly changing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and NYSDOH about COVID-19 requires continued monitoring and adapting of our plans for response.

As of this release, there are no positive cases of COVID-19 in Columbia County. The risk for potential cases in Columbia County remains low. The public will be notified in the event of a positive case in Columbia County.

It is recommended that we avoid person-to-person transmission of COVID-19 by staying vigilant in practicing respiratory virus protection measures:

- Social distancing as defined by staying 6 feet from another individual

-Avoid large crowds

-Post-pone any events or travel that you can

-Practice proper hand hygiene

-Cover your cough and sneeze into your elbow crease

-Avoid touching your face

-Stay home when you’re sick

At the time of this release CCDOH does not have testing capability. We will make every effort to update this information as soon as it becomes available. We do not have the hand sanitizer the Governor spoke about and as is the case we will let the public know as soon as we have any information.

To help with answers for your question or concerns about the coronavirus and how to help stop the spread, we suggest you seek reliable and credible information. Along with our updates the CCDOH web page at also has links to the WHO, CDC and NYSDOH web sites.

From the previous post from the CC Health Department: Remember that if you have a fever, cough and/or shortness of breath, if you have reason to believe you have been exposed to the coronavirus or are concerned that you have contracted the virus, it is important to call the hotline at 518-828-8249.

Source: Columbia County Health Department document - copied and edited

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