Health

Onteora prepares for coronavirus

Onteora prepares for coronavirus

The Onteora school district is closely monitoring what’s happening with the novel coronavirus. In a second coronavirus-information letter sent home to parents on February 28, school-district superintendent Victoria McLaren said the county health department would notify the school district if any cases of Covid 19 were diagnosed and would “provide us with specific direction, which we will follow.”

New coronavirus spreads more rapidly than had been anticipated

New coronavirus spreads more rapidly than had been anticipated

The rapidly spreading novel coronavirus (Covid 19) is in some ways like the flu, but unfortunately it’s at least ten times more lethal to those who contract it. Influenza kills about one-tenth of one percent of people who get it. The death rate for cases of the novel coronavirus seems to be somewhere between one and two percent. We don’t know for sure because at the start of an outbreak the apparent mortality rate can be an overestimate if a lot of mild cases are being missed.  

Institute for Family Health in New Paltz plans renovations

Institute for Family Health in New Paltz plans renovations

Interior renovations at the Institute for Family Health, located at 279 Main Street in New Paltz, will mean that patients at more than 30 locations will actually speak to someone in New Paltz for all their health concerns, eventually including the possibility of some of those patients never actually seeing a doctor through the use of tele-medicine.

CareMount Medical opens location in ShopRite Plaza

CareMount Medical opens location in ShopRite Plaza

For years the New Paltz-based CareMount Medical office was located at a small, cozy office in the Village, just off the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and within walking distance of several downtown shops. The problem, according to CareMount officials and the office staff, was that there was no room to expand in the 2,100-square-foot site, and very little parking for their patients.