CATSKILL — As COVID-19 cases continue to proliferate across Greene County, the county recorded three more deaths over the weekend due to COVID-related illnesses, bringing the total to 99 COVID deaths in Greene County since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The three deaths included an unidentified man in his mid-50s who was unvaccinated and two unidentified women in their 80s who were also unvaccinated. Both women had underlying health conditions.

Greene County Public Health announced Monday that 276 new positive COVID cases had been identified in the county, bringing the total of active positive cases up to a new record of 1,312. The agency noted that due to limited testing capability, the number of positive cases does not fully reflect the current level of positive cases in the county.

The county has now recorded 7,675 COVID positive cases since the inception of the pandemic.

With the country setting daily records for positive COVID cases, Greene County Administrator Shaun Groden said he expected the county to follow that trend in the days and weeks ahead.

“I would say yes,” Groden said on Monday. “I would say we have not reached the peak. That’s why you should get vaxxed.”

As of Jan. 10, 67% of Greene County residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

There are 41 Greene County residents hospitalized with COVID-related illnesses, while 455 residents are under quarantine orders.

Public Health on Monday updated its isolation and quarantine guidance for individuals who test positive for COVID.

The guidance is aligned with the state Department of Health’s recommendations, which were updated Jan. 4 in the wake of new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“For the general public, if you’re unvaxxed and you’re exposed, that’s a five-day quarantine,” Groden said. “If you’re fully vaccinated and you’ve been exposed but you’re asymptomatic, there is no five days.”

“At that point you’re masking and social distancing and self-monitoring for symptoms,” added Nicole Maggio of Greene County Human Resources and Civil Service.

The new guidance went into effect for county employees Monday. Greene County employees had been required to quarantine for 10 days after being exposed to COVID.

Under state guidelines, individuals exposed to COVID who are not fully vaccinated should quarantine for five days and then wear a well-fitting mask while around others for an additional five days.

If fully vaccinated and boosted (with the booster at least two weeks before the first date of exposure) or not yet eligible for a booster, the state guidelines say no quarantine is required but these individuals should wear a well-fitting mask while around others for 10 days after the last date of exposure.

Greene County is holding a first-dose Moderna vaccine clinic on Jan. 11 from 10 a.m. until noon at Fellows Cafe at 7883 Main St. in Hunter. The clinic is available to anyone ages 18 and up who wishes to receive their COVID-19 vaccine. Appointments are required; walk-ins are not permitted.

From noon to 1 p.m. at the same site, a Moderna booster clinic will be held for anyone age 16 and older who has received their first and second doses of Moderna or Pfizer by July 10 or their sole dose of Johnson & Johnson by Aug. 10. Residents are asked to bring their vaccination cards with them and appointments are required.

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