Maskless Ancram town meeting leads to COVID-19 spread
Natasha Vaughn-Holdridge reports for Columbia-Greene Media that an April 9 town meeting led to at least three positive COVID-19 tests. At least ten people attended the meeting. “The meeting was the ninth. One person tested positive and advised everybody else. We all tested and three people tested positive in total. I haven’t heard of any serious complications; it all was very mild. I believe people are quarantining, and just following protocol," Ancram Town Supervisor Art Bassin said. Ancram had stopped requiring masks in the town hall, but now does after the outbreak. The Columbia County Department of Health reported 41 new positive COVID cases on April 18. “We’re elevated but I don’t necessary see anything continuing to spike,” Department of Health Director Jack Mabb said. “We know flu cases have spiked in the state, and why have they spiked, because we stopped wearing masks. I think the masks do work to ward things off. If people want to wear them they should be encouraged to wear them.” Read more about this story at HudsonValley360.com.