COVID-19 cases, deaths in mid-Hudson
As of Friday, Orange County reported that 7,770 residents had tested positive for COVID-19, with 274 deaths. Sullivan County reported 669 residents tested positive, with 17 deaths. Ulster County reported 1143 residents tested positive, with 23 deaths.
Bloomingburg a COVID-19 hot spot?
If one were to take the numbers on Sullivan County's posted list of confirmed COVID-19 cases at face value, it might appear that the Village of Bloomingburg is a hot spot for the virus.
As of Friday, the list showed Bloomingburg with 71 confirmed cases. That would be almost 20 percent of the population, based on a 2018 Census bureau figure of 433 residents.
But Mayor Russell Wood Jr. said that's not the whole picture.
“It's kind of misleading, because it's based on ZIP codes,” Wood said.
And while 12721 is indeed the village's ZIP code, it's also the ZIP code for other parts of the Town of Mamakating outside the village limits, such as the hamlet of Burlingham. It even includes a part of Orange County.
Wood, who said he's had several calls from members of the media about the numbers, said he has no idea how many village residents actually have the virus.
“I only know of a couple cases in the village myself,” he said.
Martial arts school salutes medical workers
WARWICK – The students and leadership team at Chosun Taekwondo Academy in Warwick made a three-minute video thanking all the essential workers helping the town and village during the coronavirus pandemic, especially the doctors, nurses and other medical staff at St. Anthony Community Hospital.
“You're risking your lives to ensure that I have a better future,” one boy says in the video.
“You matter and will be remembered as heroes,” a girl says near the end.
The YouTube video can be seen on their Facebook page.
Unitarians launch food security initiative
ROCK TAVERN – The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern has created a volunteer task force to deliver food to homebound seniors and families facing food and housing insecurity due to COVID-19. Refugee families facing similar problems will also be supported.
Bryon Abrams, of Newburgh, who heads the task force, said the first bags pf food will be delivered next week.
The task force will be supported by a $5,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan, supplemented by gifts from individual congregants and other donors.
Those in need can call 288-3488 or write to UUCovid19TF@gmail.com.
All donations made to the Rev. Chris J. Antal's Discretionary Fund through the end of 2020 will go to COVID-19 relief and be distributed directly to households in need. To donate, go to www.uucrt.org and click on the donate tab, or e-mail info.uucrt@gmail .com.
Sullivan County's next Q&A
Sullivan County officials will hold their next Facebook Live event to answer questions about COVID-19 at 1 p.m. Monday.
County Legislature Vice Chairman Michael Brooks, County Executive Joshua Potosek and Public Health Director Nancy McGraw will be joined this time by Community Services Commissioner Laura Quigley and Public Health Educator Jill Hubert-Simon.
Questions must be submitted by 7 a.m. Monday by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or private message to www.facebook.com/sullivancounty.gov. Questions must be related to COVID-19 issues and concerns, and phrased respectfully and apolitically.