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*** UPDATE 03/19/2021***
County Executive Ryan announces that the Health Department has put out a call to recruit more volunteers to ensure as many residents can be vaccinated in a rapid and safe manner
Medical and non-medical volunteers will be provided a stipend
March 18, 2021 KINGSTON, N.Y. - County Executive Pat Ryan announced today that the Ulster County Department of Health is now actively seeking medical professionals and non-medical volunteers to assist residents at the recently expanded County-run vaccination POD. From greeters, observers, to scheduling second-dose appointments, Ulster County has a wide variety of opportunities to volunteer and serve your community at this critical moment. Additionally, Ulster County is providing a stipend for medical and non-medical assistance.
“As we build out our vaccine capacity to serve our residents, we are also going to continue to need volunteers with medical and non-backgrounds to step up and serve our community,” County Executive Pat Ryan said. “From Day One of the pandemic, I have been so proud of the resiliency and generosity of the people of Ulster County, and I am confident that members of our community will once again step up to assist us at this critical moment.”
This week, Ulster County shifted its main vaccination location from the Kate Walton Field House to the Hudson Valley Mall. The move will allow for up to 2,500 doses per day to be administered and will offer 300 parking spots for residents. Residents looking for an appointment can join the waiting list by visiting vaccinateulster.com or call 845-443-8888.
Additionally, in response to a request from County Executive Ryan to open a state-site in Ulster County, New York State has announced that a state-run mass vaccination site will open at the Ulster County Fairgrounds in the Town of New Paltz on Friday. Residents looking for an appointment can visit am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov or call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX.
The expanded locations will be key to the county’s efforts to ensure all residents can receive the coronavirus vaccine rapidly, safely, and equitably. In addition, the County is continuing to coordinate closely with other key partners -- including hospitals, health care facilities, pharmacies, and providers -- to add additional vaccination capacity throughout the county.
Those who are interested in non-medical volunteering can see a complete list of volunteer opportunities here. Individuals interested in medical volunteering can see a complete list of volunteer opportunities here.
*** UPDATE 02/12/21 from County Executive Pat Ryan***
ULSTER COUNTY EXECUTIVE PAT RYAN OUTLINES VACCINE PRE-REGISTRATION AND PRIORITIZATION LIST
List will allow residents to pre-register for the vaccine, prioritize residents based on health risk, and provide an estimated timeline for available vaccines
Starting Monday, Ulster County will have over 120,000 residents eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, but has only received 12,000 total doses from New York State
This week, Ulster County received 1,500 vaccines from NYS, a 20% reduction from last week
KINGSTON, N.Y. - Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan today outlined a plan that establishes a pre-registration and prioritization list for all residents eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. With the announced expansion of the eligibility list from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) this week to include those with comorbidities, the number of those eligible within Ulster County will expand significantly from 70,000 through Phases 1A and 1B, to 120,000 residents starting on February 15th. This means that over two-thirds of the county’s residents are eligible for the vaccine, despite the very limited supply being allocated to the county by New York State.
This week, New York State allocated a total of 1,500 vaccines to Ulster County, split between Ulster County’s Health Department, private pharmacies, and local health providers. This represents a reduction of over 20% from the week prior. Ulster County currently has the capacity to vaccinate up to 50,000 people a month but lacks the needed supply.
“Given the very limited supply of vaccine that we are receiving from New York State, it’s critical that we prioritize those at greatest risk within our community. Implementing our pre-registration and prioritization list for the 120,000 residents now eligible for vaccination is an important step to both prioritize those most in need and to help all residents better understand when they will be able to receive a vaccine,” Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan said. “I am hopeful that we will receive additional vaccine supply from the State and Federal government soon. We remain ready and able to scale up our distribution efforts immediately, administering up to 50,000 doses per month. I will continue to advocate to State and Federal representatives to ensure that we get the vaccines that we so urgently need.”
The prioritization list, created by the Ulster County Department of Health based on CDC and New York State DOH guidance and in consultation with infectious control physicians and leaders in the region, outlines the following groups based on health risk:
- Group Red - Residents over the age of 75 with a qualifying health condition, and 1B essential workers with an underlying condition
- Estimated time for vaccination: April*
- Group Orange - Residents ages 65 to 74 with an underlying health condition, and essential workers without an underlying health condition
- Estimated time for vaccination: June*
- Group Yellow - Adults (all ages) with a qualifying health condition, and 65 + without qualifying health condition
- Estimated time for vaccination: October*
- Group Green - Any other priority group as directed by the NYSDOH
- Estimated time for vaccination: TBD
*Estimated times of vaccination are based on the current supply of vaccines.
As directed by the NYSDOH, adults over the age of 65 without a qualifying health condition should receive their vaccines at participating pharmacies or by making an appointment at a state-run vaccination site. A list of those pharmacies can be found here.
Residents looking to join the pre-registration list should go to VaccinateUlster.com to signup. Residents who have already signed up will be provided information on their vaccination group and follow-on instructions within the coming days.
92% of total fatalities from COVID-19 in New York State have come from individuals with at least one underlying health condition. The overwhelming majority of those are from residents over the age of 65.
***UPDATE 02/11/21 from the Ulster County Department of Health*****
VACCINATION INFO from County Executive Pat Ryan 02/04/21: https://mailchi.mp/co.ulster.ny.us/ulster-county-executives-covid-19-vaccine-update-4761443********
The NYS Office of Mental Health is providing a first-in-the-nation program to help New Yorkers affected by the pandemic. The program, called Coping Circles, consists of free six-week support group sessions, facilitated by volunteer licensed mental health professionals, that are available to all New Yorkers ages 18 and up. Most Circles are open to the general public but if there is demand, Specialized Circles will be available for healthcare workers and first responders, survivors of COVID-19 infections, those who have experienced job loss due to COVID-19, and those who have experienced loss of a loved one to COVID-19. New Yorkers interested in participating in a Coping Circle can learn more here.
Children who lost food benefits due to COVID-19 school closures can access meals through the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) program. P-EBT benefits require no application and will be automatically issued to kids who would have received free or reduced-price meals through the federal school lunch program. Benefits should have already been issued or will be soon. If your child is eligible but your household has not received a P-EBD card and/or benefit by mid-August, call NYSOTDA at 1-833-452-0096. More details here.
Effective at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2020, any individual who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face-covering shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain, or when not maintaining, social distance. Please click this link for more information: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/amid-ongoing-covid-19-pandemic-governor-cuomo-issues-executive-order-requiring-all-people-new and this link as well: https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/EO_202.17.pdf
Interim Guidance on Executive Orders 202.17 and 202.18 Requiring Face Coverings in Public During the COVID-19 Outbreak: Background: In December 2019, a new respiratory disease called the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was detected. COVID-19 is caused by a virus (SARS-CoV-2) that is part of a large family of viruses called coronaviruses. Recently, community-wide transmission of COVID-19 has occurred in the United States, including New York where the number of both confirmed and suspected cases is increasing. To reduce the community-wide transmission of COVID-19, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has taken aggressive action through Executive Order 202, as amended, to combat the spread of this infectious disease, reducing the density of people in areas of common congregation by closing the in-person operations of non-essential businesses and prohibiting all non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason.
Executive Orders: Executive Order 202.17, issued on April 15, 2020, provides the following directive: Effective at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2020 any individual who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face-covering shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain, or when not maintaining, social distance.
Executive Order 202.18, issued on April 16, 2020, provides the following directive: Any person utilizing public or private transportation carriers or other for-hire vehicles, who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face covering, shall wear a mask or face covering over the nose and mouth during any such trip; any person who is operating such public or private transport, shall likewise wear a face covering or mask which covers the nose and mouth while there are any passengers in such vehicle. This directive shall take effect in the same manner as Executive Order 202.17, at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2020. Guidance: Individuals must procure, fashion, or otherwise obtain face coverings and wear such coverings when they are in a public and are: • within six feet of distance from other individuals; or • in a situation or setting where they are unable to maintain six feet of distance from other individuals; or • in a public or private transportation carrier or for-hire vehicle. 2 Face coverings include, but are not limited to, cloth (e.g. homemade sewn, quick cut, bandana), surgical masks, N-95 respirators, and face shields. Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)” website for information on cloth face covers and other types of personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as instructions on use, cleaning, and disposal. Please note that the most protective PPE (e.g. N-95 respirators) remains a critical need for health care workers and first responders and, therefore, should be prioritized for those settings. Individuals are required to wear a face covering in the abovementioned situations and settings, provided that they are older than two (2) years of age and able to medically tolerate a covering. If a face covering would inhibit or otherwise impair an individual’s health or if an individual is not older than two (2) years of age, an individual is not required to wear or use such a covering. Further, essential business operators and enforcement authorities are prohibited from requesting or requiring medical or other documentation from an individual who declines to wear a face covering due to a medical or other health condition that prevents such usage.
Nothing in Executive Order 202.17 or 202.18 shall remove the obligation of essential businesses, as well as state and local government agencies and authorities, to procure, fashion, or otherwise obtain face coverings and provide such coverings to employees who directly interact with the public during the course of their work at no-cost to the employee, pursuant to Executive Order 202.16. Public and private transport operators required to wear a face covering while transporting passengers should consult the New York State Department of Health’s “Interim Guidance on Executive Order 202.16 Requiring Face Coverings for Public and Private Employees Interacting with the Public During the COVID-19 Outbreak,” issued on April 14, 2020, for further information. Additional Information: New York State Department of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) Website https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/ United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus (COVID-19) Website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
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