Since March, over 100,000 coronavirus diagnostic tests have been issued in Ulster County
KINGSTON, N.Y. - Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan announced that Ulster County has reached over 100,000 coronavirus diagnostic tests since March 10th. There have been 102,483 total tests conducted with 2,352 unique positive cases. There are currently 143 active cases of COVID-19 in Ulster County and 95 fatalities. Ulster County’s current rate of new positives is .76%. All Ulster County residents are currently eligible to get tested. During testing a nasal swab, oral swab, or saliva sample may be used.
Delivering on County Executive Pat Ryan’s Big Five priority to make county government more responsive and responsible, Ulster County has led the way in responding to COVID-19.
“While this is a significant milestone, it is critical that we remain vigilant, and I encourage all residents to continue to get tested and do their part to keep Ulster County safe and healthy,” County Executive Ryan said. “I want to thank all of our partners who have provided testing for our community. We must all continue to follow safety precautions including practicing social distancing, wearing masks, and washing our hands in order to combat COVID-19.”
Since Ulster County’s first case of COVID-19 emerged in early March, Ulster County has taken a proactive response to control and counter the pandemic. County Executive Pat Ryan has held over fifty Town Halls and briefings to update the community on the evolving public health situation. On March 13th, Ulster County was the first County to close schools ahead of the statewide decision to do so. Additionally, Ulster County is believed to be the first County to set up a fully staffed COVID-19 hotline when the first case appeared.
Ulster County also worked proactively to get testing running up and early. Ulster was the first County to, on its own, set up a mobile drive-through testing site at Tech City. Additionally, Ulster County laid out an aggressive plan to protect seniors who are vulnerable to COVID-19. County Executive Ryan directed the Health Department to put extra emphasis on protecting senior living facilities and established a rapid response team. The rapid response team supported these facilities with testing, PPE, and setting up health protocols.
Residents can find information about their nearest testing location and both walk-in testing sites and mobile testing sites by visiting https://covid19.ulstercountyny.gov/covid19-testing/.
For additional information about COVID-19 visit: https://ulstercountyny.gov/coronavirus
Ulster County Recovery Service Center: 845-443-8888