KINGSTON, N.Y. – Ulster County’s active COVID-19 cases have dropped below 50, according to the government’s online dashboard.

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The county reported Wednesday that the active case count is now at 49, down 11 from the 60 reported a day earlier.

However, the county reported Wednesday two additional COVID-19 deaths, bringing the death toll to 263 since the pandemic began locally in March 2020.

Ulster also reported Wednesday that there were just two new COVID-19 diagnoses out of the most recent 418 test results received, a positivity rate of 0.49%.

Ulster County has had 15,165 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the local outbreak began, including 14,853 recoveries.

Dutchess County on Wednesday reported 128 active cases of COVID-19, down from the 134 reported the previous day.

Dutchess has had 29,394 confirmed cases of COVID since the local outbreak began and 444 deaths. The last time the county reported a COVID-related death was May 16.

Dutchess’ latest rate of positive test results is 0.56%, and the county said Wednesday that seven residents were hospitalized with the illness.

Vaccination statistics

The state’s online vaccination tracker showed on Wednesday that 106,938 Ulster County residents, or 59.9% of the population, had received at least one dose of COVID vaccine; and 93,166 (52.2%) were fully vaccinated. It also showed 69.7% of the county’s over-18 population had received at least one dose.

In Dutchess County, according to the state, 160,813 residents, or 54.8% of the population, had received at least one dose as of Wednesday; 137,839 (46.9%) were fully vaccinated; and 64.6% of the over-18 population had received at least one dose.

Walk-in shots

Ulster County’s main vaccination center, in the former Best Buy store at Hudson Valley Mall in the town of Ulster, now serves as a walk-site from 3 to 8 p.m. every Thursday, offering the two-shot Moderna and Pfizer vaccines as well as the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. (Appointments for other times can be made online at vaccinateulster.com.)

Other walk-in vaccination clinics in Ulster County are scheduled as follows:

Walk-in vaccinations also will be available in the Stewart’s Shops at:

• 99 Main St., Ellenville, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, June 3.

• 212 Main St., Rosendale, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 4.

In the schools

Newly reported cases of COVID-19 in area school districts are as follows, according to New York state.

• Saugerties: One off-site student at Riccardi Elementary School and one on-site high school student.

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