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STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED IN RENSSELAER COUNTY IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 SITUATION, COUNTY EXECUTIVE STEVE MCLAUGHLIN ANNOUNCES

County Executive Steve McLaughlin has declared a state of emergency in Rensselaer County effective immediately to facilitate response to COVID-19.

The State of Emergency declaration will give large institutions, including schools, more flexibility to respond to coronavirus, said McLaughlin. Rensselaer County currently does not have a confirmed case of COVID-19. The State of Emergency for the county helps prepare a quick response, ability for extended closures and emergency allocations, said McLaughlin.

“While we do not have a confirmed case, we have seen cases in neighboring counties. Declaring the State of Emergency will allow for our county and large institutions in our county, including schools, to act quickly in the event an extended closure is warranted,” said McLaughlin.

McLaughlin delivered the following message to the people of Rensselaer County via social media this morning:

“I know that the coronavirus issue is on our minds and our team at the Health Department and everyone in Rensselaer County are working very hard to keep you safe and healthy. Currently, we have no confirmed case of COVID-19 in Rensselaer County.

To help ensure large institutions, including schools, have the flexibility to respond to COVID-19, I have declared a state of emergency in Rensselaer County. This will help for a quicker response by county government and other institutions if needed.

This decision was made after consultation with health professionals, members of my team and other civic leaders, to ensure we continue to have an effective response. Again, we have no confirmed case here, but neighboring counties are reporting cases and we want to be ready.

This State of the Emergency will not affect your daily lives at this time. As we deal with this, I ask for your patience and support. Please continue to take common-sense steps to protect you and your family, washing hands, avoiding work or public places if you feel sick, and staying optimistic as we deal with this.

Rensselaer County and our country have faced challenges before, and we will beat this.”