Columbia County Chair calls state vaccine distribution 'beyond crazy'
Jan 14, 2021 6:33 am
On Jan. 11 Greene County said that though the state expanded eligibility for the coronavirus vaccine to those 75-years-old and older, they were not vaccinating those seniors yet, because they had not finished vaccinated the front-line healthcare workers further ahead in line, because there was not enough vaccine. The next day, The River Newsroom reported that Columbia County piled on. Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chair Matt Murell said the vaccine situation “has gone beyond crazy” and that the plan has “done nothing but sow confusion in the state and Columbia County.” Murell said the department has been overwhelmed with calls from residents asking if they were eligible even though the county has only been given 300 doses of the vaccine this week. The same day, Jan. 12, the Columbia County Department of Health started a “COVID-19 Vaccine Information line” at (518) 687-5560. But plan something to do while you wait. "The River called the number twice midday on Wednesday, and the phone just rang and rang and rang," they wrote. Meanwhile, local COVID-19 cases continue to increase. Columbia County reported 44 more positive tests on Jan. 13, and there were 20 new cases announced today in Greene County. Ulster County reported three new deaths Jan. 13, making six dead over the last five days. There were also 53 new positive tests Jan. 13 in Ulster County, and 240 new diagnoses for COVID-19 in Ducthess County. Albany County reported 217 new cases and three more deaths Jan. 13, and Rensselaer County has 188 new cases and two more deaths.