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COVID-19 was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has now been detected in 37 locations across the globe, including in the U.S., according to the CDC.
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Friday's tallies show the COVID-19 death roll continuing to rise.

CSL Plasma in Schenectady [inset: Corey Ellis & Mayor Kathy Sheehan]
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For more than two years, a Florida-based company has been trying to establish a blood plasma collection center in Albany at the Hannaford Plaza on Central and Colvin Avenues. The mayor and common council remain at odds over the proposal.

Democratic state Assemblymembers Pat Fahy and John McDonald held a virtual town hall Thursday morning over the Zoom video app to discuss the impact of the pandemic on the Capital Region's nonprofits.
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The coronavirus pandemic continues to interrupt daily life as elected officials scramble to mobilize for the day normalcy returns.

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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan says the city faces unique challenges during the pandemic, but operations are continuing.

Four more Albany County residents have died from coronavirus.

NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli
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New York State’s Comptroller says delayed tax receipts up to $10 billion dollars are just one impact of the pandemic on New York’s finances, which he says will have a “multi-year impact.”

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Two people at an Albany County nursing home have died from COVID-19.

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With millions of Americans attending school and working remotely, cyber criminals are looking for any opportunity to attack.

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Public officials agree that testing is the key to helping New York re-open in the wake of COVID-19.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has sent local governments scrambling to conduct business online, and the Albany Common Council is no exception.

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The coronavirus epidemic continues to take its toll.

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During the pandemic, much of daily life has moved online. Working and learning from home requires a variety of adjustments.

This Special COVID-19 Siena College Poll was conducted April 3-14, 2020 by internet interviews with 307 Business Leaders from across Upstate
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Due to the pandemic, business confidence has hit the floor in New York state. Here's a look at the latest Siena College poll of upstate business leaders.

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Albany County’s Hilltowns are finally getting high-speed internet this weekend. 

Albany Medical Center President and CEO Dr. Dennis McKenna
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Although the worst impacts are being felt downstate, the coronavirus pandemic is an acute concern at hospitals across upstate New York. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Albany Medical Center President and CEO Dr. Dennis McKenna.

COVID-19 was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has now been detected in 37 locations across the globe, including in the U.S., according to the CDC.
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Albany County’s first mobile COVID-19 testing sites will become operational Thursday.

As of this morning, there were 499 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Albany County. Officials maintain social distancing is working, but two more county residents have died from the disease.

Earlier this month, the Center for Law and Justice in Albany published a report on structural racism and public safety in the city. Among other things, the report calls upon four city leaders to acknowledge the existence of structural racism in the police department.

 Department for Children, Youth and Families Commissioner Moira Manning, County Exec. Dan McCoy, Dr. Elizabeth Whalen
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County Executive Dan McCoy said today there are 475 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Albany County. There are now 638 people under mandatory quarantine and 74 people under precautionary quarantine.

Jennifer Bejo satnds with other nurses outside Albany Med on April 11,
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During the coronavirus pandemic, healthcare workers have been on the front lines — pulling long shifts in often dangerous conditions. Here is one nurse's story.

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, County Exec Dan McCoy, Dr. Elizabeth Whalen
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The death of a man in his 50s with underlying health issues Thursday night was the 12th coronavirus death in Albany County. Meantime, county officials continue to urge people to practice social distancing, especially during Passover and Easter.

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When the coronavirus swept across the Northeast, every individual, business and govenment official had to make adjustments to their daily lives and schedules. The Albany Police Department is no exception.
 

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, masked.
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Two more Albany County residents have died of COVID-19. Officials says there are now 365 confirmed cases, with 477 people under mandatory quarantine and 34 hospitalized. 

File: New York State Assemblymembers John McDonald and Pat Fahy
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Capital Region state Assemblymembers Pat Fahy and John McDonald held a virtual public town hall Wednesday on New York's new $177 billion budget.

Albany County Officials gathered in the Cahill Room at the County Office Building.
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As of Wednesday, Albany County has 330 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 441 people under mandatory quarantine and 37 hospitalized.

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A new survey shows the COVID-19 pandemic has dealt consumer confidence across New York state a severe blow.

Kevin O’Connor, the Albany County Director of Economic Development, Conservation and Planning, with Albany County Executive Dan McCoy.
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Gearing up for the eventual restart to the economy took center stage at today’s Albany County coronavirus briefing.

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Reporting coronavirus cases by the numbers has become a daily ritual for Albany County officials. Monday’s message came with a bit of hope. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.
 

COVID-19 was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has now been detected in 37 locations across the globe, including in the U.S., according to the CDC.
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New Yorkers say COVID-19 and the resulting "pause" is having a significant impact on their daily lives, according to a new poll.

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For months, Capital Region officials tried to promote participation in U.S. Census counting this spring. Then came the coronavirus pandemic.

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