Ulster County tops 100 COVID-19 cases for first time since May 24

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan announced Tuesday that Ulster County has topped 100 active COVID-19 cases for the first time since May 24, a month after the first-case of the highly-contagious Delta variant was announced in the county.

Ryan said in a press release that Ulster County has had 168 positive cases of the virus since June 27 when the first Delta variant case was announced. The county executive said 70.2 percent of the new cases are from residents who are unvaccinated and he encouraged all unvaccinated residents to do their part and get the shots.

So far, 74.8 percent of Ulster County residents over the age of 18 have received at least one shot, Ryan said.


While those vaccinated may still get COVID-19, the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that the vaccine will make the illness less severe for those who get sick.

“While we have made great strides in fighting this virus, we are not out of the woods yet, and the Delta variant poses a real threat to our ability to fully recover from the pandemic,” Ryan said. “The science is clear, the new variant is spreading at an alarming rate and it is overwhelmingly impacting those who have yet to be vaccinated. We are all in this together, and I am asking everyone who has yet to receive the vaccine to do so for their neighbors, their family and themselves.”

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Delta variant represents 83 percent of cases circulating in the United States. The CDC also states that this variant carries a viral load that is more than 1,000 times that of those infected with earlier forms of the virus. This allows the virus to spread very rapidly among unvaccinated individuals, Ryan cautioned.

Ryan said officials have reactivated Ulster County’s Emergency Operation Center to evaluate next steps.

For more information on how to get a vaccine visit VaccinateUlster.com.

There are 16 comments

  1. Bill H

    If you are of age and physically able to get vaccinated, now is the time. Please do not wait until you or a loved one has to learn first hand how devastating this virus can be. Put aside the politics, the impulse to dig in when social pressure is applied, and get the vaccine. No one even needs to know.

    I got both doses of the Moderna vaccine back in January and February. There were no side effects and my antibody count is still remarkably high eight months later. That does not mean I will not be infected with covid, but it does mean that if I do I will be ok.

    1. Jaymes Nohns

      You will be ok? Who says? Biden? The guy who used to drive the 18 wheeler? I would advise you not to take advice from a guy who doesn’t know what he did the last 47 years, or what flavor ice cream he is eating………no thanx

        1. Jaymes Nohns

          You just dont like to hear the truth….its a liberal thing……how come only men and women are dying from Covid? What about the other 70 genders? What about the homeless? Guess they are exempt…..

          1. BS

            “You can’t handle the truth!” – Actor Jack Nicholson as “Col. Nathan R. Jessep” in “A Few Good Men”

            Or if you like;

            “You would not know the truth, if you tripped, and fell on it.” – ancient old idiom

            My issue is if you want to be an inhumane ignoramus, be my guest, but why try and convince others with falsehoods? Does it make you feel “important”, somehow? More virulent (pardon the awful pun)? Like a real man? Because, I have too inform you, that in all actuality, you appear, unintelligent, disingenuous, petty, childish, uninformed, callous, ruthless, and without soul?

          2. Bill H

            “…unintelligent, disingenuous, petty, childish, uninformed, callous, ruthless, and without soul.”

            I think that’s his aim, BS. Someone who doesn’t really have a point beyond the incredibly myopic “liberals are the root of all evil” but is compelled to write anyway, will resort to trying to distract others with noise and confusion. Or offensive statements. He is clearly having a good time trolling.

          3. Jaymes Nohns

            Disagreeing with your viewpoint is trolling? You still dont answer any questions when presented with them. You avoid them or call it trolling, when you dont have a valid answer. One more time….Why do you trust a vaccine, that has been out for less than a year, that is not yet approved by the FDA? One that the manufacturer has full immunity from a lawsuit if something goes wrong? You think I am a troll for questioning a politically rushed vaccine? (That includes Trump also) givee a straight answer please, without useless babble….and no, it is not my civic duty to protect you, thats your job…..

          4. Bill H

            You think you are a troll merely because you ask questions? I love it: write a bunch of incendiary posts and then claim you were merely making inquiries.

            In short, the vaccines have been approved by the FDA, and those findings corroborated by countless experts in the field. The FDA has already approved the vaccines for emergency use, which means all the stringent testing and trials already happened. Pending FDA approval is a foregone conclusion (no one thinks there is a chance the FDA will deny) because the vaccines have proven to work really well in almost all cases. We also have had a year of a world-wide human drug trial, and the vaccines really work! Thats’ greta news! The vaccines are especially effective in that they, at worse, limit symptoms to the equivalent of a minor head cold, while the unvaccinated are waiting in line for beds in ICUs.

            But that’s about as much as I will write in response to you, Nohns, because I have to make a choice: Either I waste time writing multiple paragraphs with evidence in response to your disingenuous questions for which you will reply, “Exactly, you have no evidence,” or I write nothing for which you will reply “Exactly, you have no evidence.” It’s not a hard choice for me to make. There is plenty of information about vaccines and masks. If you have a genuine interest in learning more, it’s all there for you. However, you will have to be able to let your mind change in response to new information.

          5. Jaymes Nohns

            Stringent tests and trials happened in all less than a year? Approved for emergency use only- waiving liability to the manufacturers in case something goes wrong….. An MRNA jab, which has never been fully approved, ever……..nope nothing strange here…. If you have a genuine interest in learning more, it’s all there for you. However, you will have to be able to let your mind change in response to new information.

  2. Bill H

    If a liberal said we should remember to drink water each day you’d come out against it.

    Do you even know what you are arguing FOR at this point? Search the term, “grievance politics.”

    1. Bill H

      Sorry for the confusion. The above post was in response to Nohn’s about Biden giving me advice.

    2. Jaymes Nohns

      First the liberal would have to make sure drinking water wasnt affecting the climate. If it it was you would have to pay an EPA fee, before it could be poured into a glass

  3. Bill H

    Thought I’d quote Arnold Schwarzenegger’s common sense words on Facebook:

    “I always say you should know your strengths and listen to the experts. If you want to learn about building biceps, listen to me, because I’ve spent my life studying how to get the perfect peak and I have been called the greatest bodybuilder of all time. We all have different specialties.
    Dr. Fauci and all of the virologists and epidemiologists and doctors have studied diseases and vaccines for their entire lives, so I listen to them and I urge you to do the same. None of us are going to learn more than them by watching a few hours of videos. It’s simple: if your house is on fire, you don’t go on YouTube, you call the damn fire department. If you have a heart attack, you don’t check your Facebook group, you call an ambulance. If 9 doctors tell you you have cancer and need to treat it or you will die, and 1 doctor says the cancer will disappear, you should always side with the 9. In this case, virtually all of the real experts around the world are telling us the vaccine is safe and some people on Facebook are saying it isn’t.
    In general, I think if the circle of people you trust gets smaller and smaller and you find yourself more and more isolated, it should be a warning sign that you’re going down a rabbit hole of misinformation. Some people say it is weak to listen to experts. That’s bogus. It takes strength to admit you don’t know everything. Weakness is thinking you don’t need expert advice and only listening to sources that confirm what you want to believe.”

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