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With record COVID-19 death counts locally, Jordan wants to open pool halls

Feb 01, 2021 6:33 am
The death counts locally for the month of January from coronavirus that have come in have all broken records for a single month. There were 89 January deaths in Albany County, Ulster County had 72, and Dutchess County reported 126 deaths for the month. Albany County reported three more deaths Jan. 31, and 157 new positive COVID-19 test results. Ulster and Dutchess counties both reported two more deaths due to COVID-19 Jan. 31, and Ulster County had 75 new coronavirus cases, while Dutchess County announced 219 new cases. There were 65 new cases of COVID-19 announced by the Rensselaer County Health Department on Jan. 31, and three more deaths. Columbia County announced 37 new COVID-19 cases, and one more death, while the state COVID-19 tracker website reported 14 new cases in Greene County Jan. 31. And with all those deaths and new cases locally in January, New York State Sen. Daphne Jordan, a Republican who represents Rennselaer County and parts of Columbia County, wants pools halls reopened. "I’m asking the Governor to... allow for billiard halls to finally reopen statewide as they have been requesting since last summer," Jordan was quoted as saying in the Troy Record. There are at least two billiard halls in Jordan's district, in Halfmoon and Amsterdam, and owned by Tim Berlin. "I have total faith and confidence in the ability of my businesses, and countless billiard halls, to provide a safe, sanitized, socially distanced experience for our valued customers," he said.