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New Paltz High School alumnae graduate medical school together, face COVID-19 epicenter

New Paltz High School alumnae graduate medical school together, face COVID-19 epicenter

From a young age, New Paltz High School graduates Giovanna Varuzza and Erva Khan had always aspired to become doctors. As fate would have it, these two recently anointed physicians were accepted to the same medical school, placed in the same dorm room and are now preparing to scrub up and enter into their respective medical fields – not only in the midst of from a young age a pandemic, but in its current epicenter, New York City.

Hudson Valley couple thought they beat COVID-19, then they tested positive again

Hudson Valley couple thought they beat COVID-19, then they tested positive again

This time last week, Ed Lundergan and Carol Giannone Lundergan of New Paltz, who had been battling COVID-19 since mid-March, were ready to participate in a program to donate their blood to help other patients fight off the virus. Both had been feeling well for over a week. They just needed to be tested once again to confirm that they were negative. That test happened Friday, April 10. Over the weekend, Carole felt some fatigue, as well as some coughing and congestion, but thought she was still on the road to recovery. Three days later, they learned they were still positive.  

Sticky business: Local family, cooped up during pandemic, starts home bakery

Sticky business: Local family, cooped up during pandemic, starts home bakery

What began as a fun way to keep busy, provide some comfort to friends and make a little extra money for rent, has turned into a full-scale baking operation in a one-level house in Gardiner. “I’ve always dreamed of owning a bakery,” said Tanya Santos, a local mother of three, whom, like many of us, has been cooped up at home during the COVID-19 pandemic with her family trying to think of ways to stay busy and upbeat. “We were thinking of things we could do and Kaela (her eldest daughter) had rent looming, so I put a post on Facebook asking if anyone was interested in having some freshly baked cinnamon buns delivered to them and the response was unbelievable!”