Dutchess County probing multiple confirmed cases of coronavirus in Red Hook | Local news

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RED HOOK, N.Y. – The Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health is investigating multiple confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Red Hook that are believed to be related to a party at a private residence.

There are currently eight confirmed cases, including children and adults, the department said in a press release on Tuesday.

“The cases have impacted the Red Hook Central School District summer school program as well as the Red Hook Recreation Summer Camp and Pool programs, with health officials working with each organization for contact tracing, quarantines and other precautionary mitigation efforts,” the release said.

There was limited impact in the Red Hook Central School District, the department said.

“The district has been in communication with DBCH and all impacted families,” the release said. “Summer school is otherwise operating on a normal schedule with all appropriate precautions.”

The Red Hook Recreation camp and pool programs are expected to return to normal operations in the next day or two, as there was minimal exposure risk for participants, the agency said.

“This is a critical reminder to our community that the COVID-19 pandemic is still very much here and it is as important to be vigilant and continue to take steps to protect yourself and your family,” said department Commissioner Dr. Anil Vaidian. “Those who are unvaccinated remain a vector for the virus. Getting vaccinated is the most important protection you can take, as the more people who are vaccinated, the less chance the virus has to spread.”

Several of the individuals confirmed as positive for COVID-19 in the Red Hook outbreak had been previously vaccinated, however most are only experiencing mild symptoms, if any, the department said.

There are no related hospitalizations or deaths.

“Though we have not had a lab-confirmed case of Delta variant to date in Dutchess County, the new, aggressive COVID-19 variants continue to spread and nationally we are seeing more instances of the variants “breaking through” to vaccinated people,” Vaidian said. “However, vaccinated individuals generally experience only mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. The risk of being hospitalized or dying is minuscule for vaccinated individuals.”

The department said residents should be alert for symptoms and in the event they do experience symptoms, such as coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath or loss of taste or smell; get tested for COVID-19 and stay home to rest and recover.

“The mitigations people took to protect themselves over these many months against COVID-19 are as important as ever to staying healthy and safe, not just against COVID-19, but basic illnesses like summer colds which are on the rise,”. Vaidian said.

To learn more about where to get the COVID-19 vaccine, visit www.DutchessNY.gov/covidvaccine.

Here are the latest local COVID-19 statistics.

Active cases

Ulster County: 52 reported Tuesday, up one from the previous day. (Peak was 2,622 on Jan. 30.)

• Dutchess County: 111 reported Tuesday, up six from the previous day. (Peak was 2,576 on Jan. 16.)

Latest positivity rates

• Ulster County: 2.3%.

• Dutchess County: 1.16%

Pandemic history

• Ulster County: 15,315 confirmed cases, 14,997 recoveries, 266 deaths. (One new death was reported Tuesday.)

• Dutchess County: 29,632 confirmed cases, 447 deaths. (No new deaths were reported Tuesday.)

Vaccination rates

• Ulster County: 59.1 fully vaccinated, 64.4% with at least one dose of a two-dose regimen, 74.2% of 18+ population with at least one dose. 

• Dutchess County: 53.7% fully vaccinated, 59.1% with at least one dose of a two-dose regimen, 69% of 18+ population with at least one dose. 

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

• Appointments will also be available from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on July 21 at Rondout Gardens, 132 Rondout Drive, in Kingston.

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