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Columbia County records its 98th COVID death

Sep 03, 2021 6:00 am

Natasha Vaughn-Holdridge is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media Columbia County health officials reported on Sept. 2, the county's 98th death attributed to COVID-19. "We had another death overnight,” Columbia County Department of Health Director Jack Mabb said. “It was a gentleman under 40, he was unvaccinated. That bothers me. That bothers me a lot.” The man was a resident of the Hudson-Greenport area, Mabb said. “He had been in the hospital and been intubated, and just lost the fight,” Mabb said. There are currently nine county residents hospitalized because of the virus. Only one of those nine people had been vaccinated, and that individual is an older person with comorbidities. This week the Department of Health announced that more than 70 percent of people 12 and older in Columbia County were fully vaccinated. "This is fully vaccinated, so it's both shots," Mabb said. In Greene County, 58.2 percent of all people 12 and older are fully vaccinated. Mabb has said about 25 percent of the counties’ newly diagnosed are breakthrough cases, which are positive cases found in fully vaccinated people. The county DOH will conduct a vaccination pod at the Columbia County Fairgrounds in Chatham from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 15, and vaccinates people at their offices in Hudson every Tuesday. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.