The CDC is recommending residents once again wear masks due to high COVID levels in several New York counties.

Our rollercoaster ride with the pandemic continues. And let's be honest, the timing for any upswing in COVID cases is never ideal, but maybe as we head into the warmer months, this latest set of CDC recommendations will be short-lived.

According to a New York Upstate story, 10 Upstate counties are among 14 nationwide that are currently considered "high-risk" for COVID based on CDC data. With the "high-risk" designation comes the recommendation for residents to mask up. The New York Upstate report says New York is one of the first areas of the country to see widespread infections of the new BA variants.

And love or hate these recommendations, they are just that - recommendations. So if you are vaccinated, if you have had COVID, or otherwise, you can judge your risk accordingly to do what is right for you. Whatever that is - stay safe and stay healthy!

The CDC Says You Should Mask Up In These 10 Upstate NY Counties

The CDC has designated these 10 Upstate New York counties as currently "high-risk" for COVID as of April 14, 2022 and is recommending residents wear masks because of that designation. The designation is based on the number of hospital admissions per 100,000 residents in a 7 day period. Most of the counties on this list are in Western NY, centered around the Syracuse and Binghamton areas. In the Capital Region, Albany and Rensselaer Counties are currently at medium risk.

See The 10 States With The Highest Tax Burden

We can count on two things in life. Death and taxes.

In the state of New York, we can count on those taxes being high. But how high is our tax burden in the Empire State versus other states?

Wallethub recently ranked each of the 50 states based on overall tax burden which they define as "...the proportion of total personal income that residents pay toward state and local taxes." These rankings base that ax burden number on property, income, and sales taxes.

Here are the top 10 states from those rankings, And, yes, no surprise - New York made the list. But are we that bad off? See where New York ranks!

10 Best Places For Breakfast in Saratoga County

When it comes to breakfast, close, convenient, and tasty are all key when you are waking up with a grumbling tummy. For Saratoga Country residents, all ten of these restaurants within the county's borders check off all 3 boxes.