COVID-19 Daily Updates

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Daily Updates


For Immediate Release:

October 30, 2020

Columbia County Department of Health announces upcoming COVID-19 mobile testing clinics.

November 10th 9-11 AM Walk-up Clinic (Sidewalk in front of John L. Edwards) Hudson

November 17th 9-11 AM Walk-up Clinic (Sidewalk in front of John L. Edwards) Hudson

December 1st 9-11 AM Walk-up Clinic (Sidewalk in front of John L. Edwards) Hudson

Pre-Registration will NOT be necessary for Walk-up clinics. Please be sure to bring a form of photo identification.

Masks are REQUIRED for entry.

Due to lab processing limitations, mobile testing clinics are limited to 100 tests each. We recommend anyone who needs to be tested get to the clinic as early as possible to ensure they secure one of the 100 tests. We are unable to exceed 100 tests per clinic.

Priority for testing should be for those with symptoms and those with direct exposure to positive individuals.

These tests will be nasopharyngeal swabs which are most useful to detect the virus in actively sick people. The kits used at these testing sites are part of those purchased with the help of private donations to Columbia County.

Symptoms most typical of cases of COVID-19 include the following:



-Trouble Breathing

-Loss of Taste or Smell

-and/or any symptoms consistent with the CDC guidelines

We strongly recommend anyone feeling these symptoms be tested for COVID-19.

After leaving the test site, symptomatic residents should go directly home for mandatory quarantine until results are shared with them. Essential workers should plan on quarantining outside of work and being extremely cautious around those they come into contact with.

It may take a few days to receive the test results. Everyone who gets tested at the site will receive their results once they are processed by Wadsworth Laboratory in Albany.

NYS COVID-19 Vaccination Program

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Beginning April 6, 2020, at 10 am, Albany Medical Center, St. Peter’s Health Partners, and The University at Albany will open a Capital Region Testing Site on the UAlbany campus – 1400 Washington Avenue, Colonial Quad parking lot, accessible from main UAlbany entry, off Washington Avenue, Albany.

The site will prioritize tests for individuals among the highest risk population.

APPOINTMENT IS REQUIRED. Residents who would like to be tested must make an appointment by calling 888-364-3065. NO WALK-INS allowed. All patients must be in a vehicle. 

A screening form for testing should be completed ahead of arrival. Screening form can be found by following this link

Once the screening form is completed, site administrators will contact the individual to set up an appointment.

Testing will open Monday, April 6, 2020, at 10 am. Site hours will be Monday – Sunday, 8 am- 6 pm.

*****UPDATE 10/15/2020*******

The location of the NYS Testing site at UAlbany is now at the State Gold Parking Lot (off of West University Drive).


If you are aware of any non-essential gatherings or any non-essential businesses or entities operating in violation of “New York on PAUSE” please choose the appropriate complaint below.

Governor Cuomo also announced the state is increasing the maximum fine for violations of the state’s social distancing protocol from $500 to $1,000 to help address the lack of adherence to social distancing protocols. The Governor reminded localities that they have the authority to enforce the protocols.

File a complaint against your employer or place of work.

File a complaint about a business, location or incident in your community.

You may also call 1-833-789-0470.


Have you tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered?

Would you like to help critically ill COVID-19 patients in need?

Albany Medical Center has partnered with the American Red Cross to collect plasma from individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 for use in an experimental treatment program for the most critically ill patients.

If you are interested in helping and have been symptom-free for 14 days, please contact the AMC Plasma Donation Line at (518) 262-9340 or email The hospital will arrange for eligible donors to be retested to ensure that you are virus-free prior to donating.

You can also contact the American Red Cross at to complete a screening tool for eligibility.