Health commissioner predicts rising COVID-19 numbers after holidays

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GOSHEN – There have been increases in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks as the fall/winter holiday season kicked in and predictions are they will spike again shortly, that from Dr. Irina Gelman, Orange County’s health commissioner.

She says people should be extra vigilant during this season.

“Our cases more than doubled after the Thanksgiving holidays. We have seen an increase after Hanukkah and other holidays so we are anticipating a continued increase in new cases of COVID-19 after Christmas as well as after the New Year holiday,” she said.

 

On Saturday, Christmas day, the state health department reported seven new deaths in the Hudson Valley – two each in Rockland and Westchester and one each in Orange, Putnam and Ulster counties.

There were 3,090 new COVID-19 cases reported in the region on Christmas Day.

COUNTY TOTAL POSITIVE NEW POSITIVE
Columbia 6,677 22
Delaware 5,322 8
Dutchess 42,998 246
Greene 5,831 20
Orange 70,609 347
Rockland 61,500 386
Sullivan 11,352 82
Ulster 21,494 93
Westchester 169,325 1,869