If you’re a working parent in the healthcare field, hopefully, your child is not currently enrolled in the Albany Medical Center Daycare program. The facility has been shut down due to an outbreak of COVID-19.

Unfortunately, parents with children enrolled in the daycare system at the Albany Medical Center will have to make other arrangements for childcare.

According to The Daily Gazette, 62 children enrolled in the daycare program at the Albany Medical Center Daycare were tested for COVID-19 and seven of those children tested positive. In addition, seven members of the daycare’s staff also tested positive for COVID-19.

Health officials say that daycare workers were following all guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They were wearing masks, using all sanitation measures, and as much social distancing possible for young children.

Albany Medical Center released a statement saying, “Albany Medical promptly notified the parents and the Albany County Department of Health of the situation. Albany Medical continues working with the county health department and our parents to inform them of any developments. As always, the safety of our children and their families is our top priority.“

The daycare center was closed on Monday for cleaning and to complete a 14 day incubation period. It is tentatively scheduled to reopen on Aug. 7.

This is a very unfortunate situation because healthcare workers need daycare for their children. Parents also need to feel safe and secure when they leave their children for the day. I really hope that the United States can get COVID-19 under control soon. Until we do, all of our children are at risk.

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