Albany County sees uptick in COVID hospitalizations

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Cases of COVID are back on the rise in Albany County. However, the county health commissioner told NewsChannel 13 we are still in the low-rate classification as defined by the Centers for Disease Control.

Albany County is keeping an eye on the virus through wastewater testing and tracking hospitalizations, she said.

While they are seeing a slight uptick, she doesn’t believe guidance on masks will change.

“In terms of recommendations for general mask usage, we still are following those CDC prevalence rates, and right now, we’re at low prevalence. So we would not – at this point – recommend that the general public consider masking,” Whalen said.

Whalen recommended getting the new booster in September that’s aiming to combat the latest strain of COVID.

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