Two Greene County zip codes with COVID-19 vaccination rates below average and new cases above average
Cloey Callahan reports in the Times Union on July 26 Gov. Andrew Cuomo identified two Greene County zip codes with COVID-19 vaccination rates below the statewide average and new positive cases per capita above the statewide average. The zip codes are 12058, for Earlton, and 12083, for Greenville. Cuomo also mentioned 12540, for Lagrangeville in Dutchess County, and three zip codes in Orange County. "The level of transmission in Greene County over the past seven days is now so high — 59 cases out of 100,000 as of Wednesday, the highest of any place in New York outside of the Bronx — that the county health department asked residents on its Facebook page on [July 28] to begin wearing masks indoors, whether vaccinated or not," Callahan wrote. Cuomo also announced a $15 million allocated towards a targeted vaccination campaign on July 26, but Greene County Public Administrator Shaun Groden said he did not know anything about that. So Cuomo announced he is targeting certain zip codes to get more vaccinations, but local officials do not know about any specific plans to get more vaccinations. Instead, Greene County is starting their own "Why Not?" campaign to increase vaccinations. “We get vaccinated as children for the measles and more,” said Groden. “No one complains about that. Schools have mandates for that.” In Greene County right now, pharmacies are the only places to get vaccinated, as county health officials are not holding any vaccine clinics. Read more about this story in the Times Union.