Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan declared next week, July 12-19, will be “Get Tested Week.” The initiative aims to encourage residents to get tested for COVID-19. “Anyone and everyone is eligible and encouraged to get tested,” said Ryan.
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During a meeting last week fraught with confusion over paperwork and videoconferencing issues, Woodstock’s planning board decided the state DEC commissioner should assign lead-agency status for environmental review of the proposed new 12,000-square-foot library building. The library trustees had declared the library as lead agency on the Environmental Assessment Form (EAF) required as part of the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) after it was led to believe neither the town board nor planning board was interested.
Those entering the recently closed Big Deep and Little Deep in Woodstock now face a trespassing charge due to recent enforcement efforts by the town. Crowding and piles of garbage forced the Town of Woodstock to close popular Big Deep swimming hole.
After a quiet June, 50 new cases were diagnosed in just three days at the beginning of this month. The unwelcome eruption in positive virus determinations led to swift expressions of concern in the social media. People were scared, and they had every right to be. The virus could easily get out of control. Perhaps it already had.
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Since the site opened on March 23, it has conducted over 7,500 tests. In total, Ulster County has tested over 33,000 residents. Nuvance has added testing at multiple Health Quest Medical Practice locations in Ulster County for existing patients including: 9W in Ulster; Kingston Plaza, Route 299 in Lloyd, Route 32 in Modena; Zena Road in Woodstock, and Route 28 in Boiceville. Non-HQMP patients can seek testing at Vassar Diagnostic Lab at the Hudson Valley Mall in Kingston.
The numbers are up from between 50 and 100 percent in the first few months of 2020 vs. this time last year.
“They’re an incredible organization that provides food, shelter, job training, housing assistance, day care, parenting classes, medical assistance — but they need help,” said Colleen Geraghty of New Paltz, who has done outreach for both the Family Inn homeless shelter and Family’s domestic violence shelter for the past 31 years. “There are so many people living below the poverty line and almost no affordable housing in Kingston. Look how much it costs to rent an apartment in New Paltz. You have four or five people splitting the cost for one apartment! People cannot afford rent on minimum-wage jobs. And then if you lose a job? Or a partner?”
An 18-year-old Kingston man drowned yesterday in the Rondout Creek in High Falls, according to the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office.
Mohonk Preserve has completed its phased reopening with the opening of the Coxing Trailhead and resumption of rock climbing, bouldering and horseback riding.