The number of active COVID-19 infections climbed back up to 100 on Friday.

The majority of virus infections are among unvaccinated individuals.

Greene County has the lowest vaccination rate against the coronavirus of all eight counties in the Capital Region, according to the state COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker.

The county has been hovering at over 90 active cases during the month of September after seeing a steady climb in infections in August, according to data released by Greene County Public Health.

On Aug. 2, the department reported 19 active infections, and on July 2, there was one.

“Currently, Greene County Public Health has 100 active cases, 70% of these cases are unvaccinated,” Laura Churchill, deputy director of Greene County Public Health, said Friday.

Thirteen Greene County residents are hospitalized and 85% of them are unvaccinated.

“I believe all hospitalizations are folks with underlying issues,” Greene County Administrator Shaun Groden said Friday.

Of the 100 active virus infections, more than a quarter, or 27%, are minors under 18, and 18.5% of the infections are among individuals who have been fully vaccinated, Churchill said.

Several school districts have active virus cases including Cairo, Greenville and Coxsackie, Churchill said.

A staff member also tested positive at Catskill Elementary School, District Superintendent Ronel Cook announced in a letter on the district website Sept. 15.

“The employee was last at school on Sept. 13,” Cook said. “The Greene County Department of Public Health has informed us that no other individuals within the school setting are required to quarantine as a result of this case.”

Greene County had zero active virus infections for a couple of days in June, beginning June 9, but numbers have been steadily climbing since that lull. Groden said that other than the spread of the highly contagious delta variant, which has been occurring nationally, the county is unable to pinpoint a specific cause for the rising numbers.

“As far as we know, there is no definitive reason for increases, other than normal travel about town,” Groden said. “Or the fact that the delta variant spreads much easier. That is a big difference. The delta is a much more efficient virus, as it can jump easier to others.”

County officials are urging unvaccinated residents to get inoculated and take other safety precautions to prevent the spread of the disease.

“Please consider getting vaccinated to stop the spread to those who are ineligible to be,” Churchill said. “Stay home and keep your children home if you are sick and get tested.”

Groden also encouraged residents to wear a mask, wash their hands frequently and be cautious when in settings where there are large numbers of people, such as when shopping.

The vaccination rate in Greene County remains below the state average, according to the state COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker. Statewide, 69.4% of the total population and 82% of state residents age 18 and over have received at least one dose of the vaccine. In Greene County, 58.2% of all residents and 66.2% of those ages 18 and older had received at least one dose.

Greene County vaccination rates are the lowest of the eight counties in the Capital Region, which includes Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington counties.

The county has seen 3,813 positive COVID test results since the pandemic began in March 2020 and 78 county residents have died from the virus as of Thursday, according to Greene County Public Health. The seven-day rolling positive rate in the county is 5.1%.

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scottmyers

Kimberly Kaplan doesn’t have a Masters in Public Health. She’s compromised by her marriage to Ed Kaplan, the Greene County Attorney. As such, she’s neither qualified nor independent. An independent Director of Public Health would not let politics interfere with the pandemic‘s science. This is a horrible failure. I wrote to her a year ago to require masks for law enforcement, and got no response. This is another example of a lack of professionalism by Greene County government. The unjustifiable jail, gulags for homeless, buying jail equipment with Red Cross money are other blatant examples. COVID-19 remains an epidemic here because Kimberly Kaplan failed to enforce masks, and fails to create an effective vaccination campaign. I’m forced to litigate because they seem intransigent.

scottmyers

Kimberly Kaplan is the director of Greene County Public Health. She lacks a Masters in Public Health. Her marriage to County Attorney Ed Kaplan, and her lack of a Masters in Public Health, deeply compromises the independent advocacy for vaccines. There is NO competent campaign for Greene County to get vaccinated. I wrote to her several times. I demanded she make sure the Village of Catskill Police and Greene County Sheriff's wear masks. No response. I wrote demanding a pause in construction of the horrific jail in Coxsackie, that the workers are all from more infected places. No response. I sued. Failure. Legit.ature Matt But introduced a bill to ignore COVID-19. Native Dr. Schneider delivered a letter the next day saying this is insane. The bill was withdrawn the next day. Pathetic. Pathetic. Pathetic. Incompetent. Incompetent. Incompetent. Really.

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