COVID-19 Case on Bard Campus, More in Orange County
Coronavirus has been confirmed on a Dutchess County college campus and officials confirmed more cases in Orange County.
Saturday afternoon, the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community confirmed a fourth positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dutchess County.
The individual is a member of the Bard College community and had interaction with faculty and students, officials say.
“While we are not generally disclosing locations of cases out of an abundance of respect for the privacy of these individuals and their rights under HIPAA laws, we are confirming this location as it is a college campus where there are close interactions and the individual was known to be in contact with numerous people on the campus. Bard College will be doing outreach to those in contact with the individual and we will engage in monitoring protocol," Dutchess County Behavioral & Community Health Commissioner Dr. Anil Vaidian said.
Health officials are working in coordination with Bard College and are conducting contact investigations.
“We remain vigilant in responding to and containing individual cases of Coronavirus as they are confirmed. However, the community’s focus must not be the specific cases or numbers, but rather on staying healthy with vigilant personal hygiene - hand washing, cleaning and social distancing. The actions I ordered yesterday – cancellation of large social and community gatherings and closure of schools for two weeks - are to help slow the spread of coronavirus and decrease the impact to our community," Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro said in a press release.
Moments after Dutchess County officials confirmed the news, the Orange County Health Department announced three additional Orange County residents have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
As of Saturday, Orange County now has six positive COVID-19 cases. Due to existing Federal, State and Local public health laws, Orange County cannot release any identifying information about patients, officials said.
The Orange County Department of Public Health and their epidemiologists continue to work with local hospitals, doctors offices, EMS and other medical health care providers to identify and work with those who may have come in direct contact with those individuals and will follow up with them directly to include follow up recommendations as needed.