Ulster County launches ‘Project Resilient’ to aid those impacted by COVID-19

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Ulster County Health Commissioner Dr. Carol Smith and County Executive Patrick Ryan provide their latest COVID briefing

KINGSTON – Ulster County Executive Patrick Ryan, Tuesday, announced a new effort to assist those in need as a result of the coronavirus.

‘Project Resilient’ includes a number of features. They included a community fund within the United Way of Ulster County; an online portal for people in need to find help; and a “robust food distribution network,” Ryan said. Food distribution will be accomplished by the “repurposing” of some of UCAT’s resources. Ryan said, though, county bus service will continue but on a somewhat limited basis.

Since the fund drive began, $2 million has been raised. Ryan’s goal is to reach $5 million as that would provide food for every county resident in need for one week, he said.

As of Tuesday, 80-plus residents have been tested for COVID-19 with 11 cases being confirmed, said Health Commissioner Dr. Carol Smith. The three latest confirmed cases involve residents in the towns of Lloyd, Marbletown, and Saugerties.

The county executive said he is imposing a spending freeze on everything except COVID-19-related items.