COVID-19 outbreak in Red Hook

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POUGHKEEPSIE -The Dutchess County Behavioral and Community Health Department is investigating several confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Town of Red Hook that are believed to be tied to a party at a private residence.

There are eight confirmed cases, including children and adults. Those cases have impacted the Red Hook Central School District summer school program as well as the Red Hook Recreation Summer Camp and Pool programs, with health officials working with each organization for contact tracing, quarantines and other precautionary mitigation efforts.

There was limited impact in the Red Hook school district. The district has been in communication with the county health department and all impacted families. Summer school is operating normally with all appropriate precautions. The Red Hook Recreation camp and pool programs are expected to return to normal operations in a two or two.

“This is a critical reminder to our community that the COVID-19 pandemic is still very much here and it is as important to be vigilant and continue to take steps to protect yourself and your family,” said County Health Commissioner Dr. Anil Vaidian. “Those who are unvaccinated remain a vector for the virus. Getting vaccinated is the most important protection you can take, as the more people who are vaccinated, the less change the virus has to spread.”

Several of the individuals confirmed as positive for the virus in the

Red Hook outbreak had been previously vaccinated, however, most are only experiencing mild symptoms, if any.

There are no related hospitalizations or deaths.