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COVID-19: Here’s Latest Breakdown Of Dutchess County Cases By Municipality

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The number of COVID-19 cases in Dutchess continues to slowly rise, though the county remains in better shape than some others in the Hudson Valley.

According to the county Department of Health, the number of active COVID-19 cases has been trending in the wrong direction, up to 173 as of Wednesday, Oct. 28, down from 107 as recently as last month. In late April, the virus spiked in the county, with 1,860 active cases at the height of the outbreak.

There have been 5,465 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the outbreak began in early March out of 215,316 tests administered in Dutchess. During the pandemic, there have been 165 virus-related deaths. Twelve patients are currently hospitalized with COVID-19.

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Counties Happy to Get More COVID School Tests, But Need More Personnel

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Local governments are happy to get 400,000 coronavirus test kits. They just need the resources, however, to actually get the testing done in schools.

“We as the front line need to understand what is the state’s expectation, what is the staff responsibilities, how we’re going to roll this out effectively with thousands upon thousands of school buildings across the state of New York,” said Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro.

The priority for testing in large part is for schools as some districts have had to close buildings amid positive COVID cases and turn to several weeks of remote learning to stamp out possible transmission. The tests will be for schools in so-called “yellow zones” — considered buffer areas where COVID cases have risen, but not to the point where schools must be closed.

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Mental Health Professionals Pressure Hospital System to Bring Back Care

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BOSTON, MA - APRIL 2: Christine McCarthy, a nurse for over 20 years and a palliative nurse for the past year, sits for a portrait on an empty hospital bed at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on Apr. 2, 2020. Here at the states largest hospital, staff are coping with unprecedented realities in this coronavirus pandemic and deeply worried about what is yet to come. There is an odd juxtaposition inside this normally bustling world-renowned hospital: Expanded intensive care units are packed with COVID-19 patients, while other floors and places such as family waiting rooms are deserted, quiet. (Photo by Erin Clark for The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Sitting on a ledge in front of Kingston City Hall, Peace Lovejoy said that when she went recently to WMC HealthAlliance Hospital, and said she was suicidal and needed help, she hit a wall.

“They gave me a Tylenol for my headache and then told me there weren’t any beds for me,” Lovejoy said.

Lovejoy headlined the “Speak Out” Rally in Midtown, pushing back against WMC HealthAlliance for essentially erasing much of its Kingston-based mental health and detox programs.

About 40 local officials and medical professionals attended.

In April, 40 beds dedicated to mental health treatment and 20 detox beds were removed from the HealthAlliance campus on Mary’s Avenue to prepare for a possible surge in COVID-19 cases.

Those resources were never brought back.

Local officials said now that the change appears to be permanent, a promise by HealthAlliance to restore the resources was clearly broken.

Lovejoy was joined by several Kingston-area leaders and health professionals who are furious with the healthcare provider.

“So they replaced 60 beds with 15,” mental health technician Gabriel Baez said to the group of about 40 in slickers under umbrellas. “They put them in Mid-Hudson [Regional Hospital]. That’s Dutchess County. Dutchess County, however, also can send patients there. So those 15 beds aren’t guaranteed for our people. Can our people get some damn help?”

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Dutchess County health officials strongly recommend flu vaccination this season

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POUGHKEEPSIE – As the COVID-19 pandemic  continues, the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health strongly recommends everyone who can receive flu vaccine to get their vaccination before the end of October.

“This year, with COVID-19, we will be dealing with two potentially life-threatening respiratory viruses – by themselves, flu and COVID-19 can impact our health and well-being greatly,” said Health Commissioner Dr. A. K. Vaidian. “If an individual happens to become ill with both the flu and COVID-19 at the same time weakening their immune system, they might not be able to recover.  Fortunately, flu vaccine is widely available to help prevent or reduce the severity of influenza.”

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Nuvance Health launches self-referral screening mammogram program

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Women who meet criteria can now schedule a screening mammogram without a physician order at Nuvance Health imaging centers in Carmel, Fishkill, Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and Rhinebeck NY, and Sharon, Conn.

Nuvance Health has launched a self-referral screening mammogram program at imaging centers in Connecticut and New York. Self-referring screening mammogram means that women who meet criteria can schedule a routine mammogram without a physician order. This improves access to these important screenings and is a convenient way for women to schedule a routine mammogram.

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the United States. Screening mammograms are currently the most reliable and effective way to detect breast cancer early before it’s big enough to feel or cause symptoms. Results from decades of research show that women who have regular screening mammograms are more likely to have breast cancer found early, are less likely to need chemotherapy and aggressive treatment like surgery to remove the breast (mastectomy), and are more likely to be cured.

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Why Women Are Biking in Record Numbers in N.Y.C.

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Every day when Betty Cheong walked from the subway to her office in Lower Manhattan, she passed a haunting reminder of the dangers of cycling in New York: a bicycle painted white and adorned with flowers, propped against a pole, marking the spot where a cyclist had been killed.

The sight alone was enough to keep her off a bike.

Then the pandemic hit, emptying the subway of wary riders and draining the streets of traffic. Cycling suddenly seemed like a safer way to get around: In April, Ms. Cheong started using the city’s bike-sharing program. Then, she started participating in bike protests. In July, she bought a bike of her own.

“The more I biked, the more confident I got about biking in the city,” Ms. Cheong said.

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INCREASED SODIUM LEVELS IN POUGHKEEPSIE DRINKING WATER

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The Poughkeepsie Joint Water Board is notifying customers on severely restricted sodium diets, that due to the current drought there is an increase in sodium levels in the treated water supply.

The increased sodium levels are a result of reduced Hudson River flows caused by the drought. Current sodium levels have increased to greater than 50 mg/L according to a press release. Additional information will follow if the sodium level exceeds 100 mg/L.

Customers should seek out low sodium bottled water for their drinking water if they have health conditions that necessitate reduced sodium intake until further notice, according to City officials.

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‘World-Renowned’ Child Care Services Now Open In Hudson Valley

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A pediatric emergency room and inpatient care services opened earlier this month at MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie, in association with Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, the Hudson Valley’s only acute care children’s hospital. Both organizations are members of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth). The new services will be known as Maria Fareri Children’s Healthcare Services at MidHudson Regional Hospital.

“Maria Fareri Children’s Healthcare Services at MidHudson Regional Hospital will provide local families with the security of a continuum of care for their children,” said Michael D. Israel, President and CEO of WMCHealth. “Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital is world-renowned for care and now local families will have direct, immediate access to pediatric services closer to home. We are pleased to be able to make this level of care more accessible our community.”

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