Statement from Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro

following Notification from New York State Department of Health of

confirmed positive case of UK variant for Dutchess County resident

“The New York State Department of Health notified us today that a Dutchess County resident has tested positive for the UK variant of COVID-19.  With confirmed cases of the variant in neighboring counties, it was expected we see cases in Dutchess County.   This is an important reminder that, despite the lowering positivity rate and vaccinations underway, the fight against COVID is not yet over.    We must stay vigilant – wear your mask, wash your hands, respect your health and the health of others. This confirmed case highlights the need to get residents vaccinated as quickly as possible and I will continue our push for increased vaccine allocation including a partnership with the State for a mass vaccination site here in Dutchess County.