Columbia Memorial Health in Hudson. 

HUDSON - Days after Albany Medical Center announced it would stop testing the general public, Columbia Memorial Health has announced it will do the same.

CMH will no longer offer community testing for COVID-19 at its three regional locations, but will continue to test in-patients, nurses and doctors, according to a statement posted on the hospital's Facebook page Friday afternoon.
“Our remaining supply will be prioritized for those who are ill enough to require hospitalization, and for staff who may have been exposed to the virus so that we can quickly identify and eliminate any potential source of transmission,” according to the CMH statement.  
Local residents should quarantine in place for 14 days if they have manageable symptoms, according to the Facebook statement.
People with symptoms such as a fever, coughing and shortness of breath are should call the CMH hotline at 518-828-8249.
“We are working nonstop to identify additional testing resources and will update as the situation evolves,” according to CMH.
Although CMH was initially well supplied with testing kits, according to the statement, the suspension comes two days after CMH spokesman William Van Slyke warned that an increase in demand would be problematic if the hospital could not secure additional testing supplies.
As concern grows over nationwide equipment shortages, Gov. Andrew Cuomo denied that New York state is facing a testing kit shortage at a press conference Saturday morning.
“We are testing by the same protocol all across the state,” he said. “If you meet that protocol, you get a test. We are testing more than any state in the United States.”  
As of Friday, Columbia County had three confirmed cases of COVID-19, county health officials said.  
Greene County had four confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Friday, county officials said. None of the four confirmed cases originated in Greene County, lawmakers said.
Several of the positive-testing individuals were tested at a facility in the Columbia Memorial Health network, but health officials declined to identify which of the three facilities performed the tests. Columbia Memorial Health is conducting tests at Columbia Memorial Hospital and at two rapid care facilities — one at 283 Mountain View Road, Copake, and the other 2827 Route 9, Valatie.
The low supply of testing kits is being caused by problems in the supply chain, officials said.
“We are constrained, if anything, by our outside resources, not by our internal resources,” said Dr. Fred Venditti, executive vice president for System Care Delivery and hospital general director, at a press conference at Albany Medical center on Wednesday.
In addition to Albany Medical Center, St. Peter’s Hospital and Ellis Hospital have also stopped testing the general public to preserve their limited supply of COVID-19 tests for staff.

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We weren't prepared. I don't care how annoying this is, we choose a giant $90 million jail instead of services that are actually needed. This must change.


Fully agree!

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