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New vaccinations slow as Dutchess and Ulster see more COVID cases

Jul 13, 2021 6:33 am

The Hudson Valley could face yet another wave of COVID-19, this time with the large unvaccinated population getting most of the cases of a new more contagious strain. The Daily Freeman reported that on July 12 Ulster County reported 37 more COVID-19 cases, up 12 from July 9, and Dutchess County reported 70 more cases July 12, up nine from the previous day. Greene County reported five new cases July 12, up from three on July 9. The rising case counts come as vaccination rates have slowed locally. Just slightly more than a month ago, Greene County had 50.4 percent of its population with at least one dose of a vaccine, according to the state's vaccine tracker website. Now, Greene County has only improved to 52.9 percent. Over the same time period, Columbia County has risen from 57.4 percent to 60.6 percent. Albany County is up from 62.8 percent to 65.5 percent. Rensselaer County's rate increased from 56.1 percent to 58.9 percent. Ulster County went from 60.5 percent a month ago to 63.8 percent now. And Dutchess County went from 55.3 percent to 58.5 percent.

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