COVID deaths

There have been four new deaths from COVID-19 in Greene County. Courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CATSKILL — There were four new COVID-19 deaths in the county, the Greene County Public Health Department reported Thursday.

“Today, we reported four new deaths in our community,” the department announced in a statement Thursday. “Two of these deaths occurred yesterday. The other two deaths occurred earlier in the month, but they were not confirmed until now.”

The four additional deaths from the virus bring the county’s total to 28 since the beginning of the pandemic.

“The loss of four individuals in our community is devastating, and we send out our most sincere condolences to everyone in mourning,” according to the statement.

There have been 1,335 positive coronavirus cases in the county since mid-March, as of late Thursday afternoon, according to the Health Department.

There are 251 active cases of the virus countywide, including 59 in adult-care facilities and 29 in the two correctional facilities.

Both Greene and Coxsackie correctional facilities suspended visitation for inmates in December in response to the uptick in cases, according to the Department of Correctional and Community Supervision.

Visitation in correctional facilities was suspended statewide Wednesday, according to the state.

“Unfortunately, as a result of the significant increase in COVID-19 infections among the incarcerated population, staff and the surrounding communities, visitation will be temporarily suspended statewide, effective Wednesday, December 30, 2020, at 3:00 p.m.,” according to a statement from DOCCS. “Non-contact legal visits will be allowed to continue under previously announced protocols.”

Inmates statewide will be granted “some free calls and secure messages each week,” according to the statement. Inmates will also be given five free stamps to mail correspondence.

It is not known when visitation will resume.

“We will continue to monitor the infection rates and resume visitation as soon as practical,” according to DOCCS. “We recognize that visitation is a vital part of family reunification and therefore, we will resume it when safe to do so.”

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