Albany County says no to start of high-risk sports

Jacquie Slater & WNYT Staff
Updated: January 27, 2021 06:10 PM
Created: January 27, 2021 03:02 PM

ALBANY - High-risk school sports will not be starting next week in Albany County and some other counties are saying they may follow suit.

This comes after Gov. Cuomo announced last week high-risk sports would be allowed to begin on Feb. 1.

The decision is ultimately up to individual counties. Rensselaer County says they are still deciding. 

Those high-risk sports include basketball, cheerleading, football, hockey, lacrosse, volleyball, and wrestling.

When the governor announced he was clearing those sports to start playing, there was a lot of excitement among athletes, coaches, and families. However, as we are now learning, it's not a simple situation.

County officials say they are looking at the big picture and following Centers for Disease Control guidance, which says positivity rates should be below 4% for seven consecutive days in a region before those sports begin again.

At his briefing Wednesday, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy pointed out their seven-day rolling average is still above 6%.

He says officials from other counties are working together to be on the same page on this decision.

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