Five things to know this Monday April 6

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(NEWS10) — Good Morning and happy Monday, Capital Region!

Lots of news occurred over the weekend. Here’s a quick recap starting with the latest numbers from New York State.

  1. Updated coronavirus numbers in The Capital Region: Although the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, the number of new deaths dropped for the first time since the outbreak began. These are the local numbers as of Sunday afternoon, according to the New York State Department of Health.
CountyPositive Cases
Albany305
Columbia51
Dutchess1,077
Fulton9
Greene24
Hamilton2
Herkimer22
Montgomery15
Rensselaer60
Saratoga148
Schenectady128
Schoharie11
Ulster332
Warren25
Washington18

New York State had a total of 122,031 confirmed cases and more than 4,159 deaths as of Sunday afternoon, according to data gathered from the New York State Department of Health.

On Saturday, the New York State government released its own map system, using the numbers also reported in Gov. Cuomo’s daily press releases.

Unfortunately, the numbers provided by the state are not always completely up-to-date. Each county releases regular updates, sometimes daily, with more accurate information involving particular cases, releases, and quarantines.

For the best representation for coronavirus numbers in your area, we’ll keep you informed at NEWS10.

2. UAlbany COVID-19 testing site to open today: A state run COVID-19 testing site will open on UAlbany’s Campus Monday morning. The testing site is by appointment only.

If you feel you may be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and would like to get tested, you must call the COVID-19 hotline at 888-364-3065.

If approved for testing you’ll be given a PIN number to have access to test on-site.

Albany mayor Kathy Sheehan said even if you can’t access a test, if you don’t feel well, stay home and limit your exposure to others. She added that local hospitals are working together to ensure they have the capacity to meet the needs expected here in the Capital region.

3. Governor Cuomo signs 2021 budget: Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the fiscal year 2021 budget on Friday. Enhancements to the Criminal Justice Reform Act, elimination of Styrofoam, prescription lowering measures and elimination of the pink tax were all included in the budget.

“It would have been very easy to say, ‘Oh, this is an extraordinary year; let’s just do the bare minimum and go home.’ We did the opposite. We said there is a lot of need and there are a lot of issues that need to be addressed, and we stepped up to the plate and we got it done,” said Governor Cuomo.

Included in 2021 budget:

4. China donates 1000 ventilators to New York; Oregon donates 140: Cuomo says that 1,000 ventilators arrived at Kennedy Airport on Saturday, donated by a Chinese foundation, Joseph and Clara Tsai Foundation, and facilitated by Chinese government officials. Joseph and Clara Tsai Foundation and the Jack Ma Foundation also donated one million surgical masks, one million KN95 masks, and over 100,000 pairs of goggles.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has also directed her health experts to give New York an additional 140 ventilators from that state’s stockpile.

In collaboration with the Knicks and the Nets, The National Baseball Association will also contribute one million surgical masks.

Cuomo also issued an executive order allowing medical students set for graduation to begin practicing medicine.

5. CDC recommending Americans cover their faces with non-medical masks: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reviewed its guidelines and is now recommending that Americans cover their faces when out in public, especially around other people.

The latest guidance suggests that Americans use makeshift coverings, such as T-shirts, scarves or bandanas to cover their noses and mouths. Medical-grade masks, especially N95 masks, are to be reserved for those on the front lines of trying to contain the pandemic.

Here’s a link to learn how to make your own mask: CLICK HERE

Other notable headlines…

Local non-COVID-19 related headlines…

And let’s send things off with a positive story…

Hudson Falls educators paraded by car Friday to say hello to the students they’re used to seeing daily. The parade headed off in two directions – some north, some south – at 1 p.m. Families were invited to watch the procession from their homes, as educators make yet another effort to stay as connected as possible in a time of remote learning.

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