COVID-19 cases, deaths in mid-Hudson


These are the latest county-by-county figures on COVID-19 being reported Monday:


Orange County, 7,029 people have tested positive, 231 deaths; Ulster County, 997 people tested positive, 16 deaths; Sullivan County, 560 people tested positive, 13 deaths.


SUNY Orange moves classes online through summer


MIDDLETOWN - SUNY Orange will move its classes online through the summer, the college announced.


The decision to move both summer sessions to alternate or distance formats was made in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing regulations, like standing at least six feet apart or wearing a face mask, change by day, which also factored into the college’s decision.


“The College will communicate with students already registered for summer classes to clarify how the on-campus instruction is being transitioned and to help those students adapt to the changes as smoothly as possible,” the college stated.


Students will have access to student support services, like admissions, financial aid, registration, advising, tutoring, health and wellness counseling and student activities online.


SUNY New Paltz 2020 commencement rescheduled to 2021


NEW PALTZ - The SUNY New Paltz class of 2020 will have its commencement ceremony in May 2021.


A virtual, pre-recorded commencement ceremony will be held on May 22 at 1 p.m. “to recognize candidates and graduates in this uncertain time,” the college announced Monday. The video will not replace the in-person commencement celebration.


“Our number one priority is to provide our graduates and candidates with the opportunity to return to campus for a safe, in-person Commencement celebration next year to recognize their years of hard work and accomplishments in earning a college degree,” President Donald P. Christian said.


Those eligible to participate in the ceremony will be recognized individually in a slideshow featuring their degree, major, academic honors and a photo and quote of their choice, the college announced. The video will available online for a year after the vent goes live.


Local deli installs drive-thru window


HIGHLAND - Luigi’s Deli & Italian Specialties owners created a way for customers to pick up food during the coronavirus pandemic. The owners have installed a drive-through window for take-out orders “for all customers who do not wish to get out of their vehicles ... (so they can) pick up their food with minimal contact,” said owner Louis Olson.


The 2-year-old business on Route 299 also offers delivery within a three-mile radius.