Healthcare provider in Orange County being investigated for COVID-19 vaccine distribution
Dec 27, 2020 6:33 am
The Daily Freeman reports that State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said in a statement Dec. 26 that his office and state police are investigating the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine by the Parcare Community Health Network in Orange County. State police are looking into if the healthcare provide, "may have fraudulently obtained the vaccine and diverted it to other facilities to be given to members of the public." Zucker said, “We take this very seriously and DOH will be assisting State Police in a criminal investigation into this matter. Anyone found to have knowingly participated in this scheme will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.” Parcare has locations in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and in Monroe County, and in the Hudson Valley in Orange County. While more details should emerge in that story, the current COVID-19 surge in the area continues. The state webtracker reported on Dec. 26 that Greene County had 19 positive tests on Dec. 25 and Columbia County had 24 new positive cases. In Rensselaer County there were 106 new cases of coronavirus, and 215 in Albany County. It was the sixth day in a row that Albany County reported more than 200 cases, and on Dec. 26 Albany County also reported another death. Dutchess County reported 146 new cases on Dec. 26, and there were 87 more cases added in Ulster County.