Sullivan County’s Public Health Services announced that a COVID-19 testing clinic will be operated Monday at the corner of Griff Court and Railroad Plaza in South Fallsburg, next to Brian Ingber Park and Landau’s Supermarket.
“While anyone can apply to be tested, we have chosen this location and time to specifically reach out to some hard-hit groups: our food processing and agricultural workers, those with limited transportation, and people who have no health insurance,” said Public Health Director Nancy McGraw.
Between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., staff from Public Health Services will test anyone who has completed the pre-registration process. Public Health Services is collaborating with Hudson River Healthcare and partnering with the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation to ensure bilingual advocates are available so that individuals can be linked to a healthcare provider or health insurance once they are tested.
Pre-registration is required by completing a survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZWG3GQH. After completion, Public Health will contact respondents with an appointment time by phone over the weekend. Individuals must come at their given time on Monday to avoid having to stand in line and to ensure that social distancing at the testing site is adequate. All will need to bring photo ID and be wearing a face mask.
No walk-ins will be accepted, but if there is enough of a demand, another testing clinic will be scheduled.
Tuxedo alerts visitors to state parks
The Town of Tuxedo, anticipating a large influx of visitors to the Harriman and Sterling Forest state parks this weekend, alerted the public about restrictions in place there and the limitations that will make it dangerous for large crowds.
The Town Board, along with the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, which administers those parks, welcomed all visitors but said in a statement they need to be aware of all the rules and regulations.
Park services and facilities are very limited and emergency services provided by neighboring towns are already overburdened by COVID-19. Parking lots are expected to close early in the day.
All visitors should pack an essentials kit with masks, hand sanitizer, insect repellent, sunscreen, food and water, and litter bags.
There are no food services available, and only those bathrooms facilities open all year will be available. While PIPC staff members keep all facilities as clean as possible, they cannot clean after every patron. Use caution when you enter facilities, and consider waiting until you return home to use the restroom if possible.
Social distancing must be practiced at all times, including on the trails.
Do not engage in dangerous climbs that might lead to injury.
Ulster gets $120M from payroll protection program
Ulster County Executive Patrick Ryan announced Saturday that county businesses have received nearly $120 million from the first round of the Payroll Protection Program.
Ryan said the funding, provided through local lending institutions, has preserved more than 5,000 jobs in the county.
“I want to thank our local banks and lenders, along with our tremendous economic development team, who have stepped up to ensure that we provide critical support to our small businesses and our workers,” Ryan said in a news release from his office.
Earlier in the week, Ryan announced his economic resilience initiative, which will seek to accelerate and coordinate the county’s economic development efforts in the wake of the pandemic.
“To do this effectively, we know we must take bold action, and work quickly and collaboratively,” Ryan said. “I’m so proud of the team effort we have already demonstrated…Now we must continue to push and work together.”