Ryan warns to remain vigilant as spikes appear

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KINGSTON – Four areas of Ulster County where spikes in COVID-19 cases occurred this past weekend should be a wakeup call for residents to continue vigilance in preventing the deadly disease, County Executive Patrick Ryan warned on Tuesday.

He said it is particularly important given that the region has entered phase four of the economic reopening.

“What we need to do is just recognize that we are not through this and as we re-open, as we are out and about more going back to work, interacting with others, not only can we let our guard down, we actually have to put our guard up more at an individual level, at a business level, at an organizational level and take this seriously. This is serious stuff,” Ryan said.

Four areas of Ulster County saw spikes in new cases over the weekend – at an apple orchard, processing plant and farm in southern Ulster; a manufacturing facility in greater Kingston; high school post-graduation parties in Marlboro; and in one case, a youth softball team that traveled out of state with some team members and parents returning with the virus.