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COVID-19: Dutchess, Ulster Meet Metrics To Reopen, But Waiting On Other Hudson Valley Counties

Counties that make up the Hudson Valley Region are shown in green. Sullivan, which is partially considered as being in the Hudson Valley, is it gray. It is included in the New York State COVID group for Mid-Hudson Valley. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Ulster and Dutchess counties are nearly the benchmark to reopen their economies.
Ulster and Dutchess counties are nearly the benchmark to reopen their economies. Video Credit: Marc Molinaro via Facebook Live

Ulster and Dutchess counties have both reached each of the metrics required by the state to begin Phase 1 oof reopening, though the mid-Hudson Valley region is still not ready.

During a Facebook Live event this week, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro announced that the two counties had reached all seven metrics set forth by the state, as the mid-Hudson Valley region is “closing in” on completion.

Other counties in the mid-Hudson Valley region are Orange, Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Sullivan.

When the region does reopen, Molinaro cautioned that there will be a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, which is why the state is taking a methodical, slow approach to kickstarting the economy.

The region still hasn’t seen the required decline in deaths, according to the state.

Phase 1 of the reopening plan proposed by state officials allows nonessential manufacturing, construction and retail businesses to reopen, but with social-distancing and density-reduction precautions in place. Retail is only allowed curbside or in-store pickups.

In Dutchess, there have been 3,745 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 1,644 still active. Fifty-one COVID-19 patients are still being treated, and there have been 132 deaths tied to the virus.

Ulster has reported 1,645 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 574 still active. The Department of Health is reporting that 1,000 patients have recovered, while 71 residents have died from reported COVID-19.

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