Catskill schools report COVID case, latest in Greene County
Oct 12, 2020 6:33 am
Dr. Ronel Cook, the Superintendent of Schools in Catskill, announced on Oct. 10 that, "an employee in our elementary school has tested positive for the Covid-19 virus," Because the case was spotted over the holiday weekend Cook did not announce what complete measures the Catskill school district would take. Catskill schools are delaying the start of hybrid in-person instruction that would have started on Tuesday, October 13. Online instruction will continue at least through Oct. 14, and the school will make further announcements soon. The Catskill announcement comes during an uptick in COVID-19 cases in Greene County, including a case in the Greenville schools, in the Greene County Office Building in Catskill, and in the Greene Correctional Facility in Coxsackie. Columbia County, meanwhile, announced three new cases on Oct. 11, and four on Oct. 10. Albany County confirmed 16 new cases on Oct. 11. And the Troy Record reported that the Albany County Department of Health says they have been flooded with calls from people asking about the COVID-19 outbreak at DePaula Chevrolet at 785 Central Ave. The dealership closed from Oct. 10 through Oct. 20. And in Greene County, because of the outbreak, officials announced last week they did not have the testing capacity to test anyone, just those that came in contact with someone with coronavirus. The New York Post reported that now the New York State Department of Health will provide 400,000 COVID-19 rapid test kits to local governments, hospitals, and other health care providers, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Oct. 9. The tests give results within 15 minutes without the use of a lab, and local governments must request the kits. “These rapid test kits will allow health care institutions throughout the state to quickly and accurately determine COVID-19’s spread, control outbreaks and keep families and communities safe,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Further, the state is taking precautionary steps to ensure localities are providing rapid testing for schools that are nearby communities that have seen recent upticks in cases and are offering in-person instruction."