As COVID cases go down, some local hospitals loosening up rules for visitors.

According to a CBS 6 story, several area hospitals will be going back to visitation guidelines that were in place this summer. Albany Med will start allowing one visitor between 10 a.m. and Noon, and between  6 and 8 p.m. while St. Peter's will allow one between 4 and 8 p.m. The CBS report does note hospitals that are still in areas with a positivity rate over 2 percent will keep the current guidelines in place.

The hospital visitation limitations have been one of the most heartbreaking elements of the pandemic. These guidelines to keep those in our local hospitals safe were absolutely necessary, but have been heart-wrenching for those directly affected by them. We have heard countless stories of loved ones passing away alone and family and friends having to say goodbye to the ones they love over the phone. On the other side, we have also seen how doctors and nurses had to step up to not only be medical caregivers but had to provide additional emotional support to those fighting whatever ailments they had alone.

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Looking back over the past 12 months, when you think of all the crazy things we have experienced, most of them we would have never imagined pre-pandemic. Imagine someone saying to you 12 months ago no one would be able to visit hospitals? Most of what has happened over the past 12 months you would have never believed unless you lived it.


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