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Columbia Co. reminds new arrivals to self-quarantine

Apr 01, 2020 10:00 am
In his daily coronavirus update Tue., Mar. 31, Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Murell reminded those migrating to the county from other locations to please self-quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival. “This is a critical component of our fight against the virus. We understand that people are coming here to escape the disease, but everyone should consider they are a carrier of the coronavirus,” Murell said. The chairman also emphasized the importance of regular hand washing and maintaining a physical distance from others and reducing the number of times people come into close contact with each other. Murrell warned that county officials believe the actual number of positive cases in Columbia County is higher than the official tally might indicate. "We simply don’t have the test kits that would enable us to get a truer picture regarding the extent of the disease,” Murell said. County officials are advising those wishing to make donations of Personal Protective Equipment, such as N95 masks, face shields, and gowns, are asked to contact the Columbia County Emergency Management Office at 518-828-1212, and leave a message. Nitrile gloves are considered suitable for medical use, while other types of gloves must explicitly state they are for medical use. Food donations should be directed to the county Office for the Aging at 518-828-4258 and local food pantries. Read the full press release at ColumbiaCountyNY [dot] com.