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Franklin County urges COVID vigilance over holidays

Facemasks and hand sanitizer
Ian Pickus
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COVID supplies remain in demand

Next week is Thanksgiving, and after a year and half of the coronavirus pandemic, Americans from coast to coast are looking forward to coming together this holiday season.

But the pandemic is still with us, and COVID-19 transmission is ticking up with the colder weather, especially among the unvaccinated.

The Franklin County Public Health Services in northern New York says high numbers of COVID cases are occurring from such gatherings. In a new alert, it urges testing, isolation and masking if a COVID case is suspected or confirmed. We spoke with Sarah Granquist, Franklin County Public Health Educator.

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.