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Ulster and Dutchess counties work to meet virus care needs; Orange has first death

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Ulster and Dutchess counties work to meet virus care needs; Orange has first death

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan, right, conducts an online town hall about the coronavirus on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, joined by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. KINGSTON, N.Y. — Ulster County in the coming weeks probably will need four times the number of hospital beds and ventilators that currently are available as the coronavirus continues to spread, County Executive Pat Ryan said Wednesday.

Dutchess County, meanwhile, is preparing to transform the dormitories at Dutchess Community College into an "alternate care" site with some 600 hospital beds, and dorms at Vassar College and Marist College also could be used should the need arise.

The stepped-up efforts to ensure enough space and care for coronavirus patients came as Ulster’s County confirmed number of cases rose to 70 and Dutchess County’s climbed to 153, Ryan and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro said in separate online town hall events.

Ryan was joined at his event by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who spoke primarily about the financial impact of the virus pandemic on New York.

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Wednesday also brought the region’s second death from the virus: an Orange County resident older than 80 who had “multiple pre-existing medical conditions,” County Executive Steven Neuhaus said in a prepared statement. The person’s name, gender and community of residence were not provided.

A 69-year-old Dutchess County man died from the coronavirus last Friday.

SUNY New Paltz, which is not holding in-person classes, said Wednesday that two of its students tested positive for the virus recently, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the college community to five.Also Wednesday, Kingston Mayor Steve Noble said there are seven confirmed cases in the city.It was not immediately clear […]

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