County Executive Pat Ryan Announces that Ulster County Has Hit Over 100 Active COVID Cases for the First Time Since May 24th

Posted July 27, 2021

In response to the increase in positives, County Executive Ryan is re-activating Ulster County’s Emergency Operation Center to assess possible next steps 

Since announcing the first positive Delta variant case on June 27th, Ulster County has had 168 positive cases

County Executive Pat Ryan is encouraging unvaccinated residents to do their part and get vaccinated 


KINGSTON, N.Y. – County Executive Pat Ryan announces that in the month since Ulster County saw its first confirmed Delta variant case, Ulster County has had 168 positive cases. The recent increase puts Ulster County at over 100 active cases for the first time since May 24th. In response to the increase, Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan is re-activating Ulster County’s Emergency Operation Center to evaluate next steps. 

“While we have made great strides in fighting this virus, we are not out of the woods yet, and the Delta variant poses a real threat to our ability to fully recover from the pandemic,” County Executive Pat Ryan said. “The science is clear, the new variant is spreading at an alarming rate and it is overwhelmingly impacting those who have yet to be vaccinated. We are all in this together, and I am asking everyone who has yet to receive the vaccine to do so for their neighbors, their family, and themselves.” 

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 83% of cases circulating in the United States are from the Delta variant. The CDC also notes that the variant carries a viral load that is more than 1,000 times that of those infected with earlier forms of the virus, allowing the virus to spread rapidly among unvaccinated people. 

To date, 74.8% of Ulster County residents over the age of 18 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Since the first confirmed report of the Delta variant on June 27th, 70.2% of new positive cases have come from residents who are unvaccinated. While those vaccinated may still get COVID-19, the CDC has stated that vaccinated individuals will make the illness less severe for those who still get sick. For information on how you can get a vaccine, visit