COVID-19 cases, deaths in mid-Hudson

As of Wednesday, Orange County was reporting 8,780 residents tested positive for COVID-19, with 311 deaths. Sullivan County was reporting 814 residents tested positive, with 22 deaths. And Ulster County was reporting 1,309 residents tested positive, with 30 deaths.

Mike Randall

Ellenville PD handing out masks

ELLENVILLE - More than 1,000 cloth masks will be handed out to anyone in the public who does not have a nose and mouth covering to wear out and about.

The Ellenville Police Department will hand out the masks free of charge at the police station, 2 Elting Court, and police vehicles will be stocked with some to hand out as officers are on patrol.

“Feel free to stop one of the officers on patrol, and they will be glad to assist you,” the department stated. “Please, let’s stop the spread of this virus, wear your mask, it might save your life.”

Rachel Ettlinger

Metzger holds twice-weekly coronavirus talks

State Sen. Jen Metzger will hold a Facebook discussion about food insecurity on Thursday as the second in a series of online conversations she plans to lead about different aspects of the coronavirus crisis.

Her half-hour talk with Michele McKeon, CEO of the Regional Economic Community Action Program, will start at 5 p.m. and can be watched on Metzger's Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/events/2630599133829732/. Viewers will be able to submit questions.

The Rosendale Democrat plans to hold half-hour conversations with local experts about the COVID-19 pandemic at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays for four weeks. She had her first session on Tuesday with Dr. Kenneth Steier, executive dean of the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Middletown.

Chris McKenna

Regional unit to fight COVID-19 crimes

Ulster County District Attorney David Clegg announced Wednesday the creation of a Special Crimes Unit to address crimes related to COVID-19.

The unit will work with Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler’s office and state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli to address COVID-19 crimes on a regional level.

“We believe there is a growing need to combat the fraudsters and scammers that take advantage of the fears and vulnerabilities created by the pandemic,” Clegg said.

Mike Randall

Sullivan Facebook Live Q&A

Sullivan County officials will hold the latest in their ongoing series of Facebook Live Q&A sessions on the coronavirus pandemic at 1 p.m. Thursday.

The usual trio of Legislature Vice Chairman Mike Brooks, County Manager Joshua Potosek and Public Health Director Nancy McGraw will be joined by Catskill Regional Medical Center CEO Jonathan Schiller, making his second appearance.

“Our local hospital is the focal point in our ongoing battle against coronavirus – a battle we are waging daily and are intent on winning,” said Robert Doherty, chairman of the county legislature.

Questions should be submitted by 7 a.m. Thursday by e-mail to sctownhall@co.sullivan.ny.us, or private message to www.facebook.com/sullivancounty.gov, where the session can be viewed beginning at 1 p.m. Questions should be phrased respectfully and apolitically.

Mike Randall