Coronavirus cases remain low in region, but Ulster records one more death | Local news

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Active cases of COVID-19 remain low in Ulster and Dutchess counties, though Ulster has recorded a new death related to the coronavirus. 

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On Monday, Ulster County reported on its online COVID-19 dashboard that 259 residents had died as a result of the coronavirus. The latest fatality was the county’s first since May 10. 

Dutchess County’s fatalities remained at 444, according to the information posted on its online dashboard on Monday. The last reported COVID-related death in Dutchess was on May 13. 

As of Monday, Ulster County reported 120 active cases of COVID-19, down two from the previous day, but up one from 119 from May 20. The county reported 114 active cases on May 21 and 127 on May 19. The county said on Monday it has had 15,128 total cases of the virus since the local outbreak began last March, of which 14,749 had recovered. 

On Sunday, 380 county residents were tested for the coronavirus, with 8 reporting positive for COVID-19. That resulted in Ulster having a daily positivity rate of 2.1 percent, up from the 1.7 percent reported the day before. 

Dutchess County had 245 active cases of COVID-19 as of Monday, down nine from the 254 reported on Sunday. Of those active cases, 10 were hospitalized, a number that remained unchanged from the day before.

The county has had 29,320 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the local outbreak began. It reported a daily positivity rate of 1.16 percent, up slightly from the 1.15 percent the day before. 

The state’s online vaccine tracker showed Monday that 104,336 residents of Ulster County, or 58.4 percent, have had at least one shot, while 89,867 were fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

In Dutchess, 155,173 county residents, or 52.8 percent, have had at least one shot, while 132,870 were fully vaccinated. 

Walk-in shots

Ulster County’s main vaccination center, in the former Best Buy store at Hudson Valley Mall in the town of Ulster, now serves as a walk-site from 3 to 8 p.m. every Thursday, offering the two-shot Moderna and Pfizer vaccines as well as the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. (Appointments for other times can be made online at vaccinateulster.com.)

Other walk-in vaccination clinics in Ulster County are scheduled as follows.

• Tuesday, May 25, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Rosendale Recreation Center, 1055 Route 32 (Moderna).

• Wednesday, May 26, 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Harold Lipton Community Center, 15 Tobacco Road, Accord (Moderna).

• Thursday, May 27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Gardiner Town Hall, 2340 Route 44/55 (Moderna).

• Friday, May 28, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., former Best Buy store at Hudson Valley Hall, 1300 Ulster Ave., town of Ulster (Moderna and Pfizer).

Vaccinations also will be available on a walk-in basis at three Stewart’s Shops in Ulster County next in late May and early June, as follows.

• 1872 Route 9W, Milton, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 26.

• 99 Main St., Ellenville, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, June 3.

• 212 Main St., Rosendale, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 4.

For local coverage related to the coronavirus, go to bit.ly/DFCOVID19.

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