KINGSTON – If the community at large doesn’t get its act together in the coming days and weeks, the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic could be worst than the first. That projection came Tuesday from Ulster County Executive Patrick Ryan.
The county’s rate of positive new cases, which had been under one percent, jumped up to three percent over the last four days and to 4.9 percent during the last 24 hours, he said.
“It is almost unimaginable, but the second wave right now, based on what we are seeing and the laissez-faire attitude of a certain number of people are spreading it, it is shaping up to be worst than the first wave, which is extremely concerning given how taxed all of our healthcare systems were and how detrimental the first wave was to us,” he said.
Ryan appealed to everyone not to engage in large Thanksgiving and other gatherings during the holiday season.