ICU Nurse Jennifer Bejo says single-use N95 respirators are being “decontaminated” for reuse at AMC.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Nurses from Albany Medical Center assembled in front of the hospital on Sunday to highlight conditions they say may threaten nurse and patient safety, ahead of an anticipated second wave of COVID-19.

SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras (forefront); SUNY New Paltz President Donald Christian; and Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan tour SUNY New Paltz campus August, 23 2020
Courtesy of the The State University of New York

Just-appointed SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras toured the SUNY New Paltz campus Sunday, the day before classes began. While there, he announced the launch of a statewide grant and internship program to accelerate personal protective equipment, or PPE, production across SUNY. SUNY New Paltz President Donald Christian accompanied Malatras, and spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about the tour and initiative.

NY Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (bottom right); Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro (bottom left); Westchester County Executive George Latimer (upper left); Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus (upper right)
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

Three Hudson Valley county executives joined New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney Thursday to urge Congress to deliver a coronavirus relief package that includes direct state and local funding. County leaders say they’re looking at steep revenue losses and layoffs unless the federal government throws them a lifeline.

Courtesy of Orange Packaging Vice President Michael Esposito

A Newburgh, New York-based company has avoided layoffs and possibly going out of business by changing gears during the COVID-19 pandemic. It all started with a Facebook post that connected one of the company’s executives with a friend who works for a nonprofit organization that was in need of personal protective equipment.

Vassar College President Elizabeth Bradley (left) and Professor of Chinese and Japanese Peipei Qiu inspect some of the packages of PPE that arrived from China.
Courtesy of Rosaleen Cardillo and Jim Kelly, Vassar College

A number of families in China banded together and donated personal protective equipment to Vassar College during the COVID-19 pandemic. The PPE has gone to students on the Poughkeepsie campus who could not go home, as well as employees. The majority of the PPE, though, has been donated to local hospitals and first responders. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with a Vassar professor who worked with the families in China.

Albany Medical Center President and CEO Dr. Dennis McKenna
Albany Medical Center

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.