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Ulster County loses 2 more residents to coronavirus; number of active cases has tripled since Nov. 4

Ulster County loses 2 more residents to coronavirus; number of active cases has tripled since Nov. 4

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KINGSTON, N.Y. — Two more Ulster County residents have died from COVID-19, and the number of active coronavirus cases in the county has more than tripled in a span of less than three weeks, according to data provided Tuesday.

The two additional deaths brought Ulster County’s pandemic-long toll to 295, the county reported on its online dashboard of COVID information. The county also said its number of active COVID cases rose to 736 from the 705 reported Monday.

The 736 count is more than three times the county’s Nov. 4 total of 240 active cases and comes at a time when COVID has again been surging across New York state and the nation.

The active case totals in Ulster and Dutchess counties, though climbing, are still well below the peaks reached last winter. Ulster County topped out at 2,622 active cases on Jan. 30. Dutchess County – which on Tuesday reported a one-day increase in active cases from 724 to 731 – had a peak of 2,576 on Jan. 16.

Dutchess also reported Tuesday that 39 residents were hospitalized with COVID-19, up from 32 the previous day but still far below the Jan. 27 peak of 172. On Nov. 8, only 11 Dutchess residents were hospitalized with COVID.

Dutchess County reported no additional COVID-related deaths Tuesday. It has lost 506 residents to the illness since the start of the local outbreak in the spring of 2020.

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Here are other local COVID-19 statistics:

Latest positivity rates

• Ulster County: 7.7%.

• Dutchess County: 3.8%

Pandemic history

• Ulster County: 20,561 confirmed cases, 19,530.

• Dutchess County: 37,434 confirmed cases, 36,197 recoveries.

Vaccination rates

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

• Ulster County: 67.6% of the population fully vaccinated, 75.4% with at least one dose of a two-dose regimen, 84.6% of the 18-and-older population with at least one dose.

• Dutchess County: 62.5% fully vaccinated, 70.4% with at least one dose of a two-dose regimen, 80% of 18+ population with at least one dose.

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

In the schools

Here are the latest reports of COVID cases in area school districts.

• Kingston: One teacher at Robert Graves Elementary School.

• Ellenville: Two elementary school students and two middle school students.

• High Meadow School: One student.

• New Paltz: One staff member at Lenape Elementary School, and three middle school students.

• Pine Plains: One student at the Cold Spring Early Learning Center.

• Red Hook: One student each at Linden Avenue Middle School and Mill Road Intermediate School.

• Rondout Valley: One student and one teacher at Kerhonkson Elementary School, one high school student, three students at the intermediate school, and two students at the junior high school.

• Saugerties: Two students at Morse Elementary School, one student and two staff members at Riccardi Elementary School, and one student at the junior high school.

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

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