Ulster County is lifting the mask policy for all buildings in the county; Kingston keeps mask requirement for unvaccinated – Daily Freeman

KINGSTON, NY – Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan said Thursday that all visitors to county buildings no longer have to wear masks.

But on the city of Kingston’s Facebook Pagea posting stated that unvaccinated people visiting municipal buildings in the city still do so.

“At this time, City Hall and all municipal offices will require masks for all unvaccinated visitors,” Kingston’s message read. “All visitors must log in. Unvaccinated staff will continue to wear masks at work and undergo weekly COVID tests.”

The two executive orders were issued after Governor Kathy Hochul announced Wednesday that the state had ended a COVID-19 mandate requiring face coverings in most indoor public places, but would keep masking rules in place in the schools.

Ryan also said Thursday that he would not extend the county’s emergency public health order that was originally issued in late November and was due to a rapid increase in positivity rates caused by the emergence of the omicron variant. .

“Citing progress in public health and on the recommendation of the Ulster County Health Commissioner, Dr Carol Smith, County Executive Pat Ryan said Ulster County has reached a new phase of the pandemic,” a press release read.

The order, which was set to expire on Friday, allowed the county to quickly procure and distribute more than 50,000 home kits, bolster countywide vaccination and booster efforts, and secure additional resources. to keep school districts safely open, the statement said.

“As we have done since the start of the pandemic, Ulster County will continue to monitor real-time data and listen to public health experts when making decisions about COVID-19,” said Ryan said in a statement. “As our number of active cases has dropped to pre-omicron levels, I have decided to lift our state of public health emergency. We have entered a new phase of the pandemic: although the COVID continues to be a part of our lives, we cannot let it dominate our lives.

“We now have a set of proven tools, from vaccines and boosters to widely available tests, that allow us to change our approach,” Ryan added. “As we look to the future, I still strongly encourage residents to get vaccinated, get vaccinated, and continue to take the necessary precautions.”

In August, Ryan signed an executive order requiring all Ulster County employees, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks indoors in response to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant. The ordinance also required members of the public to wear a mask when entering county-owned buildings and facilities. That order is now lifted, according to the statement.

Covid deaths rise

Ulster County reported three more COVID-19-related deaths on Thursday, bringing the total number of pandemic-related deaths to 365, according to the government. online coronavirus dashboard.

The county reported a single-day increase in active COVID-19 cases from 342 to 362, still a massive decrease from the pandemic peak of 7,504 on Jan. 15.

In total, there have been 36,123 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ulster County, of which 35,396 have been listed as recovered.

Dutchess County said there were 387 active cases of the coronavirus, a decrease of seven from the previous day. Dutchess, however, reported two more deaths, bringing the total to 629.

Dutchess said it had 62,462 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

Hospitalizations

Data as of Wednesday, February 9 from the State Department of Health.

• Ellenville Regional Hospital, 3.

• HealthAlliance Hospitals in Kingston, 24.

• Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, 7.

• Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, 34.

• Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie, 15.

Vaccination rate

Data as of Thursday, February 10 on the state’s online vaccine tracker.

• Ulster County: 73.2% fully immunized, 80.6% with at least one dose of a two-dose schedule, 88.8% of the population aged 18 and over with at least one dose.

• Dutchess County: 68% fully immunized, 76.1% with at least one dose of a two-dose schedule, 84.7% of population 18 and older with at least one dose.

Cases of COVID-19 in area schools, normally posted by the state health department, were not updated Thursday.

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

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