A letter was sent to Gov. Cuomo from Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton), Sen. Daphne Jordan, Sen. Neil Breslin and Assemblyman John McDonald to request 5,000 COVID-19 testing kits. The Rensselaer County Health Department has already coordinated appropriate staffing and a location to test county residents.
There are residents in our upstate communities who need COVID-19 testing, but as we know, these kits are hard to come by. So, were asking Gov. Cuomo for help. The more we test, the more we can identify those who are sick to better contain the virus and provide care to those who need it, said Ashby. I continue to reach out to the counties I represent to see how I can best assist them and create bipartisan coalitions to advocate for their needs.
Of the 160,000 residents in Rensselaer County, 2,000 have been tested, which is just over one percent of the population. As of April 19, approximately 350 county residents have been quarantined, with thousands more in need of testing.
Rensselaer County is ready to put COVID-19 tests to use, as they have already secured staffing and a safe location for a mobile test site. The legislators have also requested that Rensselaer County be included in the new COVID-19 antibody testing program and to provide the necessary materials to properly test for antibodies.
Each county has different needs and strategies. Ashby continues to be in dialogue with their officials to align with state services and the attention they need.
A copy of the letter has been attached.