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WGXC Weekend Coronavirus Report: 20200405

Apr 05, 2020 12:01 am
This is the coronavirus news for the Catskills and Hudson Valley for Sun. April 5. Greene County has 27 positive cases located in Windham, Durham, Greenville, Hunter, Cairo, Catskill, Athens, Coxsackie, and Halcott. There are also 12 cases that tested positive have been cleared, so just 15 active positive cases. And there are 77 individuals in Greene County being self-monitored for possible exposure with six cases that have been released from quarantine status. Columbia County has 61 positive cases of COVID-19, and three deaths. Five of the positive cases are hospitalized, two of those are in the ICU. Columbia County has 440 test results, and 60 under mandatory quarantine and 22 under precautionary quarantine. There are also nine residents with suspected, not tested cases, and 24 Columbia County residents have recovered from COVID-19. In Dutchess County, 3,780 people have been tested, with 790 positive cases of coronavirus. As of April 4 there are 78 Dutchess County residents in area hospitals, and 50 recovered and eight deaths. Ulster County reports 1548 negative tests as of April 4, and 318 positive cases, and four deaths. In Albany County there are 278 positive cases of COVID-19 as of April 4, with 464 people under mandatory quarantine and 82 people under precautionary quarantine. Albany County reports two more deaths, for a total of six. In Rensselaer County, there are 19 hospitalized as of April 4, with "over 279" in monitored quarantine, and a total of 73 confirmed cases in Rensselaer County. At his daily press conference, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York City was not yet at the apex, but somewhere in the 4-8 day range from reaching the peak. “It’s good that we’re not at the apex because we’re not yet ready." Cuomo said that Long Island has growing share of COVID patients as the virus spreads. Cuomo also said he’s anticipating taking 500 unused ventilators from hospitals upstate for hospitals in need downstate, saying that’s about 20 percent of the unused ventilators at those hospitals. The best news Cuomo had was that China was sending 1,000 ventilators, and the state of Oregon was sending another 140. Here is Gov. Cuomo speaking April 4 on the ventilator issue. CLICK HERE TO HEAR EXCERPT OF GOV. CUOMO'S PRESS CONFERENCE. Cuomo also said it’s fair to say the 2020 legislative session is “effectively over,” though that seemed to upset many legislators. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie wrote on Twitter that, "Last week, we established a system for remote voting, and we are on call to perform our constitutional duties as a co-equal branch of government. The Assembly is in recess (session is not over) at the call of the Speaker." The wife of New York state Senator James Seward, who has the coronavirus, posted online April 4 that he has been placed in a medically induced coma, and has been on a ventilator since April 2, "His condition had deteriorated quite rapidly and became dire," she wrote. But later on April 4, Jeff Bishop, Seward's Communications Director wrote on Twitter, "Some very good news this evening. Senator Seward is no longer on a ventilator." Nationally, President Trump announced April 3 that the Center for Disease Control now recommends everyone wear non-medical masks in public now, although he said he would not wear a mask. On April 4 Trump said that he may take hydroxychloroquine himself, even though he does not have a prescription, and that stocks are running low for lupus patients who need the drug, and that Dr. Anthony Fauci says that there's no definitive data about its effectiveness treating COVID-19.