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COVID-19 Update: May 10

Secretary to the Governor, Melissa DeRosa released a statement yesterday that guidance on the NY PAUSE is expected on May 15th.

The guidance will be given regionally basedon the metricsthe Governor announced last week.

Governor Cuomo announcedthat State Department of Health is partnering with the NY Genome Center and Rockefeller University to conduct a genome and RNA sequencing study to better understandCOVID-related illnesses in children.

There have been 73 reported cases in New York where children - predominantly school-aged - are experiencing symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease and toxic shock-like syndrome possibly due toCOVID-19.

New Yorkers should seek immediate care if a child has:

  • Prolonged fever (more than five days)

  • Difficulty feeding (infants) or is too sick to drink fluids

  • Severe abdominal pain, diarrhea or vomiting

  • Change in skin color - becoming pale, patchy and/or blue

  • Trouble breathing or is breathing very quickly

  • Racing heart or chest pain

  • Decreased amount of frequency in urine

  • Lethargy, irritability or confusion

With over $100 billion in PPP funds still available from Round 2, the U.S. Small Business Administration is encouraging upstate New York small businesses and nonprofits to apply for PPP loans to help provide them eight weeks of payroll and certain overhead to keep workers employed.

Loan forgiveness is based on the borrower maintaining or quickly rehiring employees while maintaining salaries and hours. PPP loans have a maturity of 2 years and an interest rate of 1%. A copy of the PPP borrower application form with all information the federal government requires a small business to provide can be found at:

The Capital District Educational Opportunity Center’s ATTAIN Computer Labs are providing remote access to extensive educational and vocational courseware during this closure. In addition, their Summer Institute workshops, which offer Microsoft Office certification preparation, have already begun. Make the most of your time at home by sharpening your skills and working towards certifications that can help you advance in your career.

All ATTAIN resources and workshops are available at no cost to community members. Learn more about these workshops

Remember to support local restaurants and order delivery or take-out from your favorite local spot!

For a comprehensive list of businesses located in the 108th Assembly District who are currently still offering take out or delivery options see below:

City of Albany:

Also, continue to check out theRensselaer County Chamber Facebook Pageand theRensselaer County Tourism Facebook Pagefor daily updates!

  • Unemployment Insurance - The one-week waiting period for Unemployment Insurance claims for workers directly affected by COVID-19 has been eliminated. The Department has also announced that they are changing the unemployment insurance job search requirement that is currently in place. No work search activities will be required during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information check out the DOL page here:

  • Those in need can call 2-1-1 from any phone for a free, confidential referral to resources providing food, shelter, rent assistance, childcare options and other essential services. The helpline is also able to answer questions and provide referrals for COVID-19 related concerns. Simply dial 2-1-1 or visit

  • If you believe your business is an essential service but has not been included on ESD’s list, you can apply for ‘essential service status’ at this link:

  • OAG will halt the collection of medical and student debt owed to the State of New York and referred to the OAG for collection from March 17, 2020 through April 16, 2020. After this 30-day period, the OAG will reassess the needs of state residents for a possible extension.  

  • Charter will be providing free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription (where service is available), at any service level up to 100 Mbps, as well as opening up Charter WiFi Hotspots across our footprint for public use. For more information or to enroll in the program please contact 1-844-488-8395

  • The Capital District YMCA will provide childcare for emergency personnel who do not have the option to work from home, as defined by The New York State Education Department. For more information visit:


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