The presence of the highly contagious COVID-19 delta variant has been confirmed in Warren County.
Warren County Health Services received confirmation late Monday that a person diagnosed on July 8 had the delta strain. Health officials had suspected the variant was present in the region based upon a spike in cases.
“We ask everyone to be very cautious, particularly around those who have traveled out of state and those who aren’t vaccinated,” said county Health Services Director Ginelle Jones, quoted in a news release.
“We continue to recommend that all who are eligible get vaccinated as soon as possible. While we have had some cases involving those who are vaccinated, the data continue to show that the vaccines are effective in reducing COVID transmission and severity of illness,” Jones said.
The county reported five new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, with one recovery. There are 40 active cases.
A total of 36 people are suffering from mild illness. Four people have moderate illness. Two are in the hospital and two are outside of the hospital.
One of the new cases involved a resident of a skilled nursing facility that has endured a recent outbreak and another an employee of a nursing facility.
The Post-Star called a couple of nursing facilities to see if they had any cases. Jeffrey Jacomowitz, spokesman for the Warren Center, said that facility has not had any cases in months.
The Pines in Glens Falls Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation also confirmed no cases. Other facilities had not returned messages seeking comment as of late Tuesday afternoon.
County officials also said several recent cases involved people who went to work, school or child day camp when feeling ill. People who aren’t feeling well should avoid public places and seek a COVID test as soon as possible.
Of the 40,878 fully vaccinated Warren County residents, 42 had tested positive for COVID-19 as of Tuesday.
Six Warren County communities are below the state average for fully vaccinated residents, according to state data that is organized by zip codes. Athol is the lowest at 45.3% followed by North Creek at 45.4%; Lake Luzerne, 48.3%; Diamond Point, 52%; Stony Creek, 54%; and Warrensburg, 54.1%
The tiny hamlet of Bakers Mills has the highest rate, with more than 99% vaccinated, followed by Bolton Landing at 79.6%.
County officials said Brant Lake was included in a state report on Monday about areas where vaccinations were lagging and the state was looking to improve.
The percentage of fully vaccinated Brant Lake residents is 55.5%, which is 0.3% above the state average. The county noted that three new cases have been reported in one Brant Lake household, which skews the per-capita average. Warren County held a clinic in Brant Lake on Friday and local officials are working with the state to see what further actions are needed.
A clinic will be held Wednesday at the Take A Bite event in downtown Glens Falls from 5 to 7 p.m.
Warren County Health Services held a workplace clinic on Tuesday. To inquire about in-home vaccinations or office clinics, call 518-761-6580.
Washington County has 11 communities that are lagging behind the state average in percentage of fully vaccinated individuals.
The lowest is Hampton at 35.2%, followed by Hulett’s Landing, 38.2%; Putnam Station, 43.2%; Eagle Bridge, 45.8%; Whitehall, 46.8%; Shushan, 52%; Fort Ann, 52.6%; Argyle, 53.3%; Hudson Falls, 53.5%; and Granville, 53.9%.
The highest is Middle Granville at nearly 89%.
Washington County on Tuesday confirmed two new cases and no recoveries. The number of active cases stands at 10, and no one is hospitalized.
The county has two upcoming clinics. The Johnson & Johnson shot will be offered on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Washington County Fairgrounds.
There will be another clinic on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Hicks Orchard in Granville, featuring the Pfizer and J&J vaccines.
Victory Mills has the lowest vaccination rate among Saratoga County zip codes at 42.9%. Other vaccination rates below average in northern Saratoga County are Corinth at 49.4%; Hadley, 53.4%; and Schuylerville, 54.9%.
South Glens Falls is at 64.4% and Gansevoort at 69.1%.
There were 1,679 new positive cases statewide on Monday. A total of 585 people are hospitalized with 86 people newly admitted. Two people died.
About 60% of New Yorkers have received at least one vaccine dose and 55.2% have completed a vaccine series. The percentage of state residents 18 and older with one dose is 71.9% and 66.4% have completed a series.
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