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Ryan traces vaccine shortage to Feds

Jan 20, 2021 6:33 am
Paul Kirby reports in the Daily Freeman that Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan is being extremely transparent about the amount of COVID-19 vaccine doses he has to give out there. He said Jan. 19 that this week Ulster County will only get 1,000 doses, less than the 1,200 it received last week. Last week's vaccine doses are already in arms, while this week's doses will go to Ulster County residents who were signed up to get shots last week but couldn't because the supply ran out. The rollout “has been frustratingly slow,” Ryan said, calling the federal effort so far a “fundamental failure.... We need more vaccines, and we need them now,” he said. Ryan said he understands where the problem is: last week New York State received 300,000 doses from the federal government, while this week it got 250,000. Ulster County reported 82 new positive coronavirus cases on Jan. 19. Dutchess County had 103 new cases . Albany County reported slightly fewer new cases than it has recently on Jan. 19, with 186, but there was plenty more bad news there. "January continues to be on track to be the deadliest month since the outbreak started," Albany County Executive Dan McCoy said. "And the number of residents currently hospitalized continues to climb to a new record...And while our daily average of new positive cases is decreasing, it’s important to note that these numbers are far higher than almost any other time in the last ten months." There were 17 more Albany County residents hospitalized, McCoy announced Jan. 19, for a total of 186, a new record there. Rensselaer County announced 79 new COVID-19 cases on Jan. 19, and three more deaths. Greene County announced 65 new COVID-19 cases, and two more deaths. Columbia County reported 48 new positive tests.