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According to Ulster County officials, a person is considered to have recovered "when the isolation period is complete and if it has been at least ten days since the individual first had symptoms and if it has been at least three days since the individua... has had a fever (without using fever reducing medicine) and if it has been at least three days since the individual’s symptoms have disappeared, including cough and shortness of breath."
Since March, more than 80,000 coronavirus diagnostic tests have been performed in Ulster County, according to statistics provided on the county’s online dashboard.
The dashboard Wednesday reported 119 currently active cases of the virus and 94 fatalities since March. The county’s infection rate was 0.2%, with an increase of only one active case since Tuesday. The infection rate is drawn from the number of new positive results divided by the total number of test results received on a given day.
“I want to thank the tremendous work of front line workers who have kept our numbers down and helped those impacted recover,” Ryan said in a prepared statement. “While this is encouraging news, it does not mean we can ignore the important safety precautions we must all follow to combat COVID-19. It is absolutely critical that we all continue to practice social distancing, wear masks, and wash our hands to avoid a second wave.”
Ryan said the county’s “proactive response to control and counter the pandemic” has paid dividends. From being the first county to close schools ahead of the statewide decision to do so, to offering a staffed COVID-19 hotline early in March, to offering a mobile drive-through test site early in the pandemic, Ryan said Ulster had taken a lead that made a difference.
Also on Wednesday, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro announced that the county has made $430,000 in grants available to assist businesses with five or fewer employees, including the owner, that were negatively affected by COVID-19 through a grant program.
The program will provide grants of up to $10,000 to stabilize these “microenterprises” and preserve low- and moderate-income jobs, according to a press release.
Eligible businesses can apply online at https://communitycapitalny.org/the-dutchess-county-microenterprise-stabilization-grant-program/.
https://communitycapitalny.org/the-dutchess-county-microenterprise-stabilization-grant-program/ In a prepared statement, Molinaro said, “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and this pandemic has forced many to close, with many more struggling to remain open. These grants will help these businesses stay afloat – keeping our neighbors employed and communities vibrant.”
The funding for the program comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant COVID/CARES Act, which was provided to the County’s Urban County CDBG Consortium. Eligible businesses must be in a municipality which is a member of the Consortium.
Applications will be accepted until all the funds are expended. Additionally, according to the release, Community Capital New York will provide technical assistance to potentially eligible businesses.
The Dutchess County Urban County CDBG Consortium includes 20 towns, eight villages and the City of Beacon.
On its online dashboard Wednesday, SUNY New Paltz reported two active student cases of COVID-19, one less than the school reported on Tuesday. There were no cases among faculty or staff reported Wednesday.
New Paltz has reported 11 confirmed cases since its fall semester began on Aug. 24, and 7 recovered cases.
Vassar College in the town of Poughkeepsie reported 22 active student cases of the virus on Wednesday and two cases among employees. The school had no new employee or student cases to report on Wednesday.
Marist College in the town of Poughkeepsie reported 2 positive cases among students living off-campus and no cases among students in Marist dormitories.
On Wednesday, based on test results received as of Monday and reported on the county’s online dashboard, Dutchess County reported 253 active cases of COVID-19, down from 256 reported Sunday. There have been 4,944 cases of COVID-19 in Dutchess County since the start of the pandemic, 4,538 recoveries, and 153 deaths.
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