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Rising COVID rate prompts Albany County to urge residents to mask up

A pedestrian wearing a protective mask as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus walks in Philadelphia, Friday. AP Photo/Matt Rourke
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A pedestrian wearing a protective mask as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus walks in Philadelphia, Friday. AP Photo/Matt Rourke

ALBANY Albany County public health officials are urging people to cover their faces in indoor public places and take other precautionary measures against COVID.

Albany and Rensselaer are the only counties in this part of the state rated as having a high community level of COVID by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The next-closest is Herkimer County.

For the rest of the Capital Region, Saratoga, Schenectady and Warren counties are rated “medium,” while Columbia, Greene and Washington counties are rated “low.”

In the eastern Mohawk Valley, Fulton County is rated medium while Montgomery and Schoharie counties are rated low.

The CDC determines COVID-19 community levels with a multi-part rating system that factors in the number of new infections, number of hospital admissions and hospital capacity.

Twenty-three upstate New York counties and three contiguous counties in Pennsylvania and Vermont account for the majority of the 40 counties nationwide that the CDC ranks as high. 

If they were a state, the 57 counties outside New York City would be second only to Vermont in the number of new infections each week.

Albany County’s two largest hospitals, Albany Medical Center and St. Peter’s, had a combined total of 113 COVID-positive patients on Sunday. They were down to 12% and 11% available bed capacity respectively.

The daily number of new COVID infections in Albany County and the seven other Capital Region counties has been trending upward steadily for more than a month but is still far short of the peak levels seen during the omicron surge in January.

Albany County public health officials on Monday recommended that residents:

  • Wear masks in indoor public spaces; 
  • Complete their vaccine series if they haven’t already; 
  • Get booster shots if eligible; 
  • Get tested if they aren’t feeling well; 
  • Get tested if they were in situations where they could be potentially exposed, such as through long-distance travel or attendance at events; 
  • Contact a healthcare provider if they test positive to discuss potential treatments

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CAROLYN NARDIELLO April 26, 2022
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