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2 more coronavirus deaths in Ulster County, but number of active cases falls - Daily Freeman

2 more coronavirus deaths in Ulster County, but number of active cases falls - Daily Freeman

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KINGSTON, N.Y. — Ulster County on Monday reported two additional deaths from COVID-19 but also a decline in the number of active cases of the illness among county residents.

The deaths brought the county’s total since the spring of 2020 to 297.

Ulster’s online dashboard of coronavirus data showed on Monday that there were 892 active cases of COVID, a one-day decline of 14 cases.

Dutchess County on Monday reported 668 active cases, down from the 713 it reported Sunday. Dutchess said it had no additional COVID-related deaths, leaving its pandemic-long total at 508.

Both counties, though enduring a recent surge in COVID cases, remain far below their peak number of active cases. Ulster topped out at 2,622 on Jan. 30; Dutchess reached its high, 2,576, on Jan. 16.

On Sunday, Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan declared a state of emergency in response to increasing COVID cases and hospitalizations in the county, as well as the emergence of the omicron variant of the virus.

The order, in effect for at least 30 days, will allow the county to more quickly obtain virus testing supplies for schools, businesses and families; bolster public health and medical staff resources across the county; and, if necessary, redeploy the workforce to support testing, contact tracing and vaccination efforts, Ryan’s office said.

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Here are other local COVID-19 statistics:

Latest positive test rates

• Ulster County: 5%.

• Dutchess County: 3.7%

Pandemic history

• Ulster County: 20,959 confirmed cases, 19,770 recoveries.

• Dutchess County: 37,798 confirmed cases, 36,622 recoveries.

Vaccination rates

Data as of Sunday, according to New York state’s online vaccine tracker.

• Ulster County: 67.8% of the population fully vaccinated, 75.8% with at least one dose of a two-dose regimen, 84.9% of the 18-and-older population with at least one dose.

• Dutchess County: 62.7% fully vaccinated, 70.8% with at least one dose of a two-dose regimen, 80.3% of 18+ population with at least one dose.

Appointments: vaccinateulster.com, bit.ly/dut-vax, bit.ly/ny-vaxme.

For online local coverage related to the coronavirus, go to dailyfreeman.com/tag/coronavirus.

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