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COVID-19 Delta variant case in Ulster County

Jul 01, 2021 1:11 pm

David Robinson reports in the Poughkeepsie Journal that a vaccinated Ulster County resident tested positive for the more contagious Delta variant of coronavirus, officials reported on June 28. The person has since recovered, according to Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan. "This incident is a critical reminder that while we have made great strides in fighting this virus, we are not out of the woods yet," Ryan said in a statement, noting "the fact that they were vaccinated likely spared them from the worst impacts of the variant." There have been rising numbers of Delta variant cases in New York in recent weeks, though it is still less prevalent than other strains, with 172 total Delta variant cases in New York to date. That number is lower than the actual number, as testing for the variant is not universal. Vaccines have proven effective against the new strain of COVID-19. "I encourage everyone to continue to get vaccinated and we must continue to take all precautions necessary, even if you are vaccinated, to stop any further spread of COVID-19,” Ryan said. Read more about this story in the Poughkeepsie Journal.