- Rich Klein
COVID NUMBERS IN SULLIVAN RISING AGAIN DUE TO VARIANTS
Data and comments by public officials at the local, state and federal level in recent days show that transmission rate for COVID-19 in Sullivan County is high.
On May 13, the state Department of Health had a call with County officials across the state, presumably that included County Manager Josh Potosek - urging people "to wear masks in indoor public spaces, regardless of vaccination status."
"As we closely monitor the numbers and as case levels remain high across the state, now is the time for every New Yorker to get vaccinated and boosted, test following exposure or symptoms, and stay home if unwell, even if you initially test negative on an at-home test. If you test positive, consult with your provider about treatments," said State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett. "In accordance with guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we recommend that all New Yorkers in high-risk COVID-19 counties and all New Yorkers at-risk of severe disease wear a mask in public indoor places, regardless of vaccination status. These public health measures, as well as ensuring proper air ventilation when gathering, will help reduce COVID-19 transmission in communities and lower the risk of serious illness and hospitalization for individuals. We will continue to work with local partners and make every tool at our disposal widely available to New Yorkers, as we move forward through the pandemic."
As of Tuesday, there were 10 residents hospitalized for COVID-19 at Garnet Health/Harris.
On that same day, the state reported 60 new cases for Sullivan County.
Vaccination clinics continue in Sullivan and those upcoming are linked here.