Orange County death toll increases by double digits again


GOSHEN – On the heels of 24 deaths from the coronavirus this last weekend, another 17 people died on Monday, Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus said.

That brings the total number of people who have succumbed to the illness in Orange County to 93. There are 3,819 confirmed positive cases of the virus.

Neuhaus said COVID-19 is causing problems with cases of the virus in nursing homes.

“Many of them have patients that are positive with the coronavirus. They also have staff. We heard that earlier last week with New Windsor and the Montgomery Nursing Home, but a number of them have been impacted including our own at Valley View, so I would like you to keep those workers as well as their patients in mind because both of them are getting sick and the workers are continuing to do great stuff to try to prevent the spread from getting worse and they are also caring for people that are very ill,” he said.

Neuhaus said he will keep county parks open, even though other counties are closing theirs. The parks provide people the opportunity to get out in the fresh air and exercise, but he cautioned them to practice social distancing.

Some have also questioned how to report instances where people are congregating in large groups in violation of the policy. Neuhaus said if someone sees instances like that, call their local police department to report it.

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