Major COVID-19 case increase in Greene County
Melanie Lekocevic reports for Columbia-Greene Media about a major jump in the number of COVID-19 cases this week in Greene County. There were 19 new cases of COVID-19 and two new hospitalizations in Greene County in a 24-hour period between July 21 and July 22 according to Greene County Public Health. None of the people contracting the illness were vaccinated, according to Greene County Administrator Shaun Groden. “COVID has definitely not gone away,” according to a statement from Public Health. “Please get vaccinated at one of the local pharmacies around the county.” Eight of the new cases are in Greenville, five in Earlton, three in Coxsackie, and one each in Durham, Freehold, and Hannacroix. “A couple of weeks ago we had zero positives and we now have 32, as of yesterday,” Groden said July 23. “I do believe we had a congregation of events — nine or 10 of the recent cases were all from the same event, which gives me some pause. It’s not as much of a crisis because if they were all at the same event, it’s not spread in the community as much.” Only 53.5 percent of all residents of Greene County have received at least one vaccine dose. But some parts of Greene County are much less vaccinated. Surprise has the lowest vaccination rate in the county with 28.2 percent, while in Coxsackie only 31.9 percent of residents have received a vaccine dose. Now Greene County officials are planning on bringing back coronavirus vaccination points of distribution in mid- to late August. Anyone can also get a vaccine at Price Chopper, 320 West Bridge St., Catskill; Walgreens, 19 Central Ave., Catskill; Walmart, 30 Catskill Commons, Catskill; CVS Pharmacy, 7600 Route 32, Cairo; Hannaford, 223 Main St., Cairo; and Walgreens, 5 Garland Lane, Greenville. Read more about this story at HudsonValley360.com.