Hunter Mountain reopens

A skiing trail seen from the base of Hunter Mountain. File photo

Columbia-Greene Media

HUNTER — After closing Tuesday for COVID-related reasons, Hunter Mountain will be open for business Friday.

The ski resort, owned by Vail Resorts, announced its closure Tuesday because a sufficient number of ski patrollers were out of work for COVID-related reasons. Guests who had already arrived and were unable to ski were given a complimentary lift ticket to use on another date, according to the announcement.

“We want to sincerely thank our guests for their patience and understanding surrounding our closure this week and provide an update,” according to a statement from Hunter Mountain. “Hunter Mountain will remain closed on Thursday, Jan. 7, but we are pleased to share that we will be open again beginning Friday, Jan. 8. We have been working with our team to ensure we will have sufficient safety personnel to operate beginning Friday morning. There is nothing simple about operating during a pandemic, but we are committed first and foremost to the safety of our employees and guests. Again, we apologize for any inconvenience this situation has caused and appreciate the support of our guests, employees and community during this challenging time.”

Legislature Chairman Patrick Linger, R-New Baltimore, said Wednesday he was unsure how many cases are linked to the resort.

“I know they didn’t have enough staff today or yesterday, but I’m not sure how many [cases] they had,” he said.

Linger was not aware of any plans to offer on-site testing at the resort.

“Our Public Health staff right now is working on the distribution of the vaccine,” he said. “We did reach out to [Hunter Mountain]. They’re kind of tight lipped on the situation. It’s a private business, so we don’t want to get too involved, but we told them we’re there for whatever they needed.”

Vail Resorts did not respond to requests for comment.

Greene County reported 378 active cases Wednesday, with 36 stemming from Coxsackie Correctional and 101 from adult-care facilities. A total of 507 residents are on quarantine, 36 residents have died and 25 are hospitalized due to the virus.

With a 12.3% seven-day average positivity rate, Greene County has the highest rate in the Capital Region and is tied with Montgomery County for seventh highest in the state. Lewis County has the highest seven-day average in the state at 15.9%, followed by 15.1% in Wyoming County, 13% in Herkimer County, 12.6% in Schoharie County, 12.5 in Cayuga, 12.4% in Chautauqua.

Greene County Public Health is operating its first round of vaccinations Thursday and Friday at the Robert C. Antonelli Senior Center in Catskill from noon to 4 p.m. Those eligible to receive the vaccine include high-risk hospital and federally qualified health care staff, including Office of Mental Health psychiatric centers; emergency medical services personnel; medical examiners and coroners; funeral workers who have direct contact with infectious material and bodily fluids; agency staff and residents in congregate living situations run by the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, Office of Mental Health and Office of Addiction Services and Supports; urgent care providers; staff administering the COVID-19 vaccine; all front line, high-risk public health workers who have direct contact with patients, including those conducting COVID-19 tests, handling COVID-19 specimens and COVID-19 vaccinations; home care workers and aides, hospice workers, personal care aides, and consumer-directed personal care workers; staff and residents of nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities and adult-care facilities; individuals who work in private medical practices, hospital-affiliated medical practices, public health clinics, specialty medical practices of all types, dental practices of all types, dialysis workers, diagnostic and treatment centers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, phlebotomists, behavioral health workers and student health workers.

Greene County continues to offer weekly drive-thru COVID-19 testing behind the County Office Building on Main Street every Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. by appointment. On Jan. 13, the clinic will be held in Ashland from 2-3 p.m. instead of Catskill. The location has not been announced.

Other testing sites include EmUrgent Care in both Coxsackie and Saugerties, WellNow Urgent Care in Hudson, SUNY Albany, CVS in Kingston and Emergency One in Kingston.

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