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COVID-19 wave driving Albany hotel closures

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With another wave of coronavirus infections surging across the country, fewer people are staying at hotels, making the already slow winter season even more intimidating for hotel owners. Read more.


12:24 p.m., Saturday: Albany County sees highest number of coronavirus hospitalizations, 6 deaths

Six people died overnight from coronavirus, as Albany County saw 61 people hospitalized — another grim record in what has already been a deadly and dangerous month, County Executive Dan McCoy said in a briefing on Saturday. Read more.


9:00 p.m., Friday: Siena basketball’s Jalen Pickett tested positive for COVID-19

The Siena men’s basketball team returned to practice Friday afternoon after a two-week quarantine because of a pair of positive coronavirus tests, including one belonging to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Year Jalen Pickett. Read more.


8:33 p.m., Friday: More restaurants close due to COVID-19

In addition to the dozen-plus Albany County restaurants that closed temporarily in the first week of November because employees tested positive for COVID-19, more restaurants around the area are taking similar measures, in some cases out of an a abundance of caution rather than a positive test. Read more.


5:22 p.m., Friday: These students are on the front lines of UAlbany’s COVID-19 battle

It’s a phone call no college student wants to get. When they learn they are presumed positive for COVID-19 and must isolate for two weeks, students reactions can range from angry to disappointed. Read more.


3:41 p.m., Friday: Bethlehem High classes to remain remote until Dec. 4

All classes at Bethlehem Central High School will be taught remotely through Dec. 4.

The school district announced it was adding the week of remote learning Friday after learning that person who tested positive for the coronavirus came into close contact with others. Several classes will be quarantined due to contact with the individual.

“With the large number of students and staff who will be in quarantine next week as a result of this case and others confirmed recently in the high school community, the high school will continue remote learning through Friday, Dec. 4,” the district wrote in an email to parents and others. Read more


3:35 p.m., Friday: Grim milestone: Capital Region reaches 400th coronavirus death

A Troy nursing home resident has died due to complications from COVID-19, Rensselaer County officials confirmed Friday. She’s the 400th person in the region to die after contracting the virus which has now killed nearly 260,000 Americans.

The victim, an 87-year-old, was a resident of the Eddy Heritage House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, which has been battling a coronavirus outbreak since early November. Dozens of residents and staff have become infected as a result of the outbreak, county officials have said. Read more.

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‘It’s really tough to get any kind of physical activity’: Hamilton seniors respond to recreation closures

Gabe Szvoboda was a regular at the Sackville Hill Seniors Recreation Centre before the pandemic.

The 71-year-old would play table tennis, badminton, and bridge, and take yoga and painting classes.

He went back when the centre reopened on Oct. 5 with limited numbers. One of the table tennis players made a weekly schedule so everyone knew which days they could play.

They had three tables set up across the gym with two players each, for a maximum of six at a time.

Edwin Chong, the 75-year-old who created the schedule, said people enjoyed playing again. “Especially for seniors, it’s really tough to get any kind of physical activity,” he said.

But when the city announced late Nov. 15 that many recreational programs would be cancelled once Hamilton entered the province’s “red zone,” some of the seniors were “disappointed.”

“It came very sudden, so there was no indication whatsoever this might come,” Szvoboda said. “We heard of the problem over the weekend and suddenly Monday we could not register anymore.”

The city cancelled all fall registered recreation programs, including swimming lessons, fitness programs, sports, and general interest programs. The city also cancelled gym, sport, and fitness drop-in programs including table tennis, pickleball, badminton, basketball, and other activities.

“I felt there was no reason to do it because private facilities are open,” Szvoboda said. “We adhere to the rules and regulations and the protocols that they set.”

The provincial measures for the red zone allow for gyms and fitness studios to have up to 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors, with sports and recreational programs in multiplexes restricted to 10 people per room indoors and 25 outdoors. Team sports are not allowed, except for training.

The results of a city survey released this week showed a drop in resident satisfaction for senior services.

Terry Quan, who’s 73 and another table tennis player, said the games were a way to stay active and connected.

“The wife and I are reluctant to go anywhere … We just end up staying home or I take the dog for a walk,” said Quan.



Maria Iqbal
Maria Iqbal’s reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. The funding allows her to report on stories focused on aging issues. Reach her via email: [email protected]

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