COVID-19 vaccine doses

Doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are ready to administer. Brad Horrigan/Hartford Courant/Tribune News Service

CATSKILL — Another Greene County resident has died from COVID-19, bringing the death toll from the pandemic to 78, Greene County Public Health said Tuesday.

“Sadly, another member of the community has passed away and we send our condolences to their loved ones,” according to a statement from Public Health.

The county did not identify the gender or age of the individual who died or the town where they lived.

As of Aug. 24, the county has 66 active cases, including 16 new infections Tuesday. There are 98 residents in quarantine due to the virus and the county’s seven-day rolling positivity rate is 4.3%, according to the department.

With the start of school around the corner on Sept. 7, the Coxsackie-Athens Central School District reported Tuesday an employee has been infected with the virus.

“We were notified today that an employee has tested positive for COVID-19,” District Superintendent Randall Squier announced Tuesday. “Their last day on campus was yesterday.”

The district has been in contact with Greene County Public Health and contact tracing has been conducted to identify any possible exposures.

“Contact tracing, when required, is completed to determine the vaccination status of anyone who had extended exposure of the person who tested positive,” Squier said.

The district declined to identify the person who tested positive for the virus, their health status or the position they hold in the district.

Greene County entered the high community transmission zone for COVID infections last week. The “red zone” is the highest level of danger from the coronavirus, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

County officials are encouraging eligible individuals to be vaccinated. The county also announced on its website, greenegovernment.com, that booster shots for fully vaccinated individuals who are immunocompromised are recommended.

“The Greene County Public Health Department is now accepting sign-ups for notifications of clinics for third doses of COVID-19 vaccine — at this time, only immunocompromised individuals are eligible to receive a third dose, and only Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are available for third doses,” according to a statement.

The state Health Department authorized New Yorkers with compromised immune systems to receive a third dose of the vaccine effective Aug. 16. Eligible individuals include those who have been receiving active cancer treatment; organ transplant recipients on medications to suppress the immune system; stem cell transplant recipients; those with immunodeficiency health conditions; individuals with advanced or untreated HIV infection; and people receiving treatment with high-dose corticosteroids, cancer chemotherapy or other medications that may suppress the body’s immune response, according to the state Health Department.

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scottmyers

Where is the sincere and effective campaign?

Kimberly Kaplan

Director of Greene County Public Health

411 Main Street

Catskill, NY 12414

August 4, 2021

Re: Demand to create competent, effective COVID-19 vaccination campaign

Dear Ms. Kaplan:

As I’ve written, Greene County’s response to COVID-19 is inadequate. I argue that your lack of a Masters in Public Health (“MPH”) matters. Greene County Administrator Shaun Groden defends your qualifications. But a professional degree tends to insulate the job from politics.

Three months ago, my sister’s husband died of COVID-19. My sister Jenny worked as an activities director at an upscale retirement facility. She decided to retire at 64 to prevent bringing the virus home to my father, who she cared for. A week later, she and her husband tested positive for COVID-19. Jerry died four days later.

The purpose of this letter is to demand an immediate campaign to vaccinate Greene County residents. Our 49% vaccination rate is pathetic. The national average is 70%. The benefits of herd immunity begin at 70%.

My criticism of your department began with a lawsuit to pause jail construction. I argued that the workers came from more infected places each day. The criticism continued on May 20, 2020, with a letter demanding that you order county deputies and village/town police to wear masks.

You failed to reply to either demand. You have no plans for a mask mandate. Your husband’s response is to arrest, charge and prosecute me. I think you get my point.

I look forward to your response.

Very truly yours,

Scott Myers

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