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Posted on: March 25, 2020

Statement from Mayor Keeler Re: Albany Co. Dept. of Health Confirmation of COVID-19 case in Cohoes

In response to the Albany County Department of Health notification of its first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Cohoes, Mayor Bill Keeler issued the following statement:

“This initial confirmed case of COVID-19 in Cohoes may feel unsettling, but it is not surprising.  There are cases of the Corona virus across the country, across the state, and now confirmed in our community. Regrettably it will not be the last.  Our thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery are with the individual and that person’s family.

Our focus has and must continue to be to reduce community spread.  I urge each and every Cohoes resident to listen to the experts and do their part to ‘flatten the curve.’  That means staying at home unless it is absolutely necessary to go out.  It means washing your hands, coughing into your elbow, not touching your face, and social distancing by staying six feet away from each other.

People want to help.  They keep asking “How can I help?”  The best way to help is to stay at home, making it safer for the health workers, first responders, and other essential personnel who must go out.

I want to acknowledge the efforts of our essential city workers who keep the city running, and all of the healthcare workers on the front line of this pandemic.  These folks are the real heroes!

There is no roadmap for this, but we are a strong, close-knit community that cares for and supports each other.  Together we will get through this.”

For those with questions or who need assistance, the city has established an email address for people to easily contact Cohoes City Hall: Residents with questions about city business may also call the Mayor’s office at 518-233-2119.

Mayor Keeler recommends that the community stay connected via:

•    City of Cohoes website (

•    City of Cohoes Facebook page ( 

•    Get connected to Cohoes notification services