Albany County provides update on COVID-19 transmission level

The Albany County Department of Health recently informed schools that Albany is among several upstate counties with HIGH transmission levels of COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control CDC) designates transmission levels based on test results and hospitalization rates for COVID-19 among other factors.

We want to make families and staff aware of this information; however, at this time there is no change to the Watervliet City School District’s current COVID-19 protocols.

We are sharing the following recommendations from the CDC when community transmission level is HIGH:

  • Wear a mask when indoors and in public.
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Get tested if experiencing symptoms.
  • Take additional precautions if at high risk for severe illness.

The Albany County Department of Health is offering several COVID-19 vaccination and booster opportunities in the coming weeks. View a list of dates and locations  Flu shots are also recommended to help prevent illness/infection as we head into the cold and flu season.

An important reminder that students and staff should STAY HOME when you are feeling unwell or are exhibiting any of the following symptoms: fever or chills; cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fatigue; muscle or body aches; headaches; new loss of taste or smell; sore throat; congestion or runny nose; nausea or vomiting; or diarrhea.

We appreciate your partnership in helping to protect the health and wellbeing of our students, staff and families. If you have questions regarding this update to the county’s COVID-19 community transmission level, please contact your healthcare provider or your child’s school nurse.

(This message was shared with WCSD families and staff via ParentSquare on Friday, Oct. 7.)