COVID-19 numbers rising locally
The number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths recently has been troubling, and that's before the Omicron variant has arrived here. On Dec. 16, Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan talked about the impending wave that's about to hit the Hudson Valley in his weekly COVID-19 address on social media. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD OR PLAY AN EXCERPT OF WHAT RYAN SAID. Ulster County is the first to give out free COVID-19 test kits. Ulster officials started handing them out this week, and continue next week, from several locations including from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Saugerties Senior Center. Meanwhile, Greene County officials reported another COVID-19 death on Dec. 15. They also reported 34 more cases Dec. 15, and 45 more on Dec. 16. Greene County Administrator Shaun Groden said the death was a vaccinated woman in her mid-60s who had severe comorbidities. Greene County officials have taken no action recently to stop the spread as case counts have risen, and they say they will not enforce Gov. Kathy Hochul's recently announced mask mandate. Columbia County officials reported 25 more cases Dec. 15, and 43 more on Dec. 16.