Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan announced today during his live Facebook briefing that Ulster County is now eligible to receive rapid testing machines and test kits which can deliver results in 15 minutes or less.
Ulster County’s active-case total increased from 110 to 177 in two days.
Speaking at a meeting of the Saugerties Village Board, a resident expressed worries the events could cause another local outbreak. But local officials say the shows are following regulations.
It turns out that it is one thing for Pat Ryan to say everyone should get tested, and quite another to go through the process on a personal level.
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.
Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan announced today that Ulster County had zero new cases of COVID-19 over the last 24-hour period. This marks the first time this has occurred in Ulster County since the outbreak began in mid-March. 512 people were tested yesterday, with none of them testing positive for COVID-19. Since the pandemic began, 25,910 total Ulster County residents have been tested with 1,781 confirmed cases, 1,354 recovered and 344 currently active cases.
Ulster County is more than a week into New York State’s Phase One reopening plan and getting close to Phase Two. Phase One businesses include construction, agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, manufacturing, wholesale trade and retail businesses – the latter limited to curbside or in-store pickup and drop-off.
Two local businessowners – a barber and auctioneer – were cited in the last week for operating in violation of the state ban on nonessential businesses. Local observers immediately took to social media to argue the case. Were businessowners like these demonstrating a recklessness that would prolong the outbreak? Or was the time ripe for rebellion against overly restrictive (or paternalistic) state guidelines?
Ulster County reached a milestone this week: The county now has more people who have beat Covid-19 than are currently
Beginning tomorrow, four Upstate New York regions will be permitted to begin a phased reopening of businesses that have been closed since mid-March. But the Mid-Hudson Region isn’t one of them. We checked in with a variety of local businesses to see how they’re holding up.