Montgomery County, NYTimes Union

Montgomery, Warren counties join others with 'substantial' COVID-19 spread

Two other area counties have now reached a COVID-19 case level in which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends reinstating indoor mask-wearing. Warren and Montgomery counties both now have “substantial” community spread. Warren County is averaging 51.61 new cases per 100,000 residents and Montgomery County is averaging 50.79 new cases per 100,000 residents. The two counties vaccination percentages are 64.9 percent and 53.3 percent, respectively.
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Saratoga Springs, NYWNYT

Proof of vaccination, masks on the mind of business owners

SARATOGA SPRINGS - For the first time in 17 months, live music was performed Monday night at the Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs. Those who gathered inside the legendary and intimate folk music venue that first opened in 1960 bore witness to kind of a scaled down pandemic version of a re-opening which included a polite, but not mandatory, request to wear a mask.
Berkshire County, MAiBerkshires.com

BHS Limits Visitations as COVID Cases Rise

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems is changing it visitation guidelines beginning Wednesday to one visitor per patient and requiring medical-grade masking within its facilities. Berkshire County has seen a significant uptick in COVID-19 cases, suspected to be the Delta variant, and an increase in hospitalizations. Some 60 new cases...
Williamstown, MAiBerkshires.com

Williamstown Restaurant Plans to Reopen After Long Pandemic Closure

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — After nearly a year and a half, a popular Williamstown eatery plans to reopen its doors to the public this week. David Rock, the owner of the Chef's Hat on Simonds Road (Route 7) in the northern part of town, said Monday that, pending a routine inspection from town officials, he hopes to be serving breakfast on Thursday at 8 a.m.
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Warren County, NYWNYT

County leaders respond to increase in COVID cases

More Capital Region counties are now highlighted on the CDC's Covid Tracker Map. In those areas, people are advised to wear masks indoors, even if they have been vaccinated. "If you go into a store and you don’t know that everybody in there is vaccinated and COVID-free, then we recommend that you do that, that you wear a mask just to protect yourself, protect those around you," said Warren County Director of Public Affairs Don Lehman.
Albany County, NYNEWS10 ABC

Albany County coronavirus update, August 3

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Albany County Executive Dan McCoy provided the latest report on the county’s progress on vaccinations and controlling the spread of the coronavirus. As of Monday, 66.8% of Albany County’s population has received at least the first dose, and 62.1% has been fully vaccinated. The first dose...
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Cuomo Wants These 31 New York Counties To Wears Masks Again

Gov. Cuomo is requesting local governments in 31 New York counties, including most of the Hudson Valley, make residents wear a mask. Last week, the CDC recommended fully vaccinated New Yorkers start wearing masks indoors again, in places where the transmission rate of COVID is high or substantial. As a...
Saratoga County, NYNEWS10 ABC

Saratoga Vaccination Rates Climbing

SARATOGA, N.Y. (NEWS10) – According to the CDC over 160,000 Saratoga County residents have been given at least one vaccine shot. As of Monday, August 2, 214 Saratoga County residents have tested positive for COVID in the past week with only 63 of them being fully vaccinated. The State has...
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Montgomery County, NYWNYT

Montgomery County meets mark for CDC mask guidelines

Montgomery County now meets the threshold for the CDC’s updated mask guidelines. It joins several other Capital Region counties where there is enough transmission of the coronavirus that people are advised to wear masks indoors. Warren County is also back on the list. The CDC announced last week that everyone,...
Niskayuna, NYNEWS10 ABC

Help could be on the way for Covid long-haulers

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Niskayuna Co-Op asks all customers, employees to mask-up again

NISKAYUNA - The Niskayuna Co-Op beat Gov. Cuomo to the punch this weekend, announcing that effective immediately, all customers regardless of their vaccination status would be required to wear a mask. "We know there is immunocompromised population as well as just general public, and we want them to feel that...
Albany, NYNiagara Gazette

Teacher, trooper unions: Vaccinations should be optional

ALBANY — Unions representing New York public school teachers and state troopers both signaled Monday they will oppose any attempt by state officials to impose a COVID-19 vaccination mandate on their members. NYSUT, the politically influential teachers union, said it supports efforts to coax more people to get the shots.
Albany, NYWRGB

As COVID cases rise again, business owners are watching the numbers

Masks are back in the Capital Region. Right now several local counties are now considered to have substantial COVID-19 transmission rates, which means the CDC recommends wearing masks indoors, whether you’re vaccinated or not. Those counties include Warren, Saratoga, Montgomery, Schenectady, Albany, Rensselaer, Schoharie and Columbia. Plus, Monday, Governor Cuomo...