Multiple COVID-19 Cases in Red Hook Are Important Reminders
to Take Steps to Protect Against COVID-19 and Other Illnesses
Basic precautions, including staying home when not feeling well,
are as important as ever to stay safe and healthy
Poughkeepsie… The Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health (DBCH) is currently investigating multiple confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Town of Red Hook that are believed to be related to a party at a private residence.
There are currently 8 confirmed cases, including children and adults. The cases have impacted the Red Hook Central School District summer school program as well as the Red Hook Recreation Summer Camp and Pool programs, with health officials working with each organization for contact tracing, quarantines and other precautionary mitigation efforts.
There was limited impact in the Red Hook Central School District. The district has been in communication with DBCH and all impacted families. Summer school is otherwise operating on a normal schedule with all appropriate precautions. The Red Hook Recreation camp and pool programs are expected to return to normal operations in the next day or two, as there was minimal exposure risk for participants.
“This is a critical reminder to our community that the COVID-19 pandemic is still very much here and it is as important to be vigilant and continue to take steps to protect yourself and your family,” said DBCH Commissioner Dr. Anil Vaidian. “Those who are unvaccinated remain a vector for the virus. Getting vaccinated is the most important protection you can take, as the more people who are vaccinated, the less chance the virus has to spread.”
Several of the individuals confirmed as positive for COVID-19 in the Red Hook outbreak had been previously vaccinated, however most are only experiencing mild symptoms, if any. There are no related hospitalizations or deaths. “Though we have not had a lab-confirmed case of Delta variant to date in Dutchess County, the new, aggressive COVID-19 variants continue to spread and nationally we are seeing more instances of the variants “breaking through” to vaccinated people. However, vaccinated individuals generally experience only mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. The risk of being hospitalized or dying is minuscule for vaccinated individuals,” said Dr. Vaidian.
Residents should be alert for symptoms and in the event they do experience symptoms, such as coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath or loss of taste or smell; get tested for COVID-19 and stay home to rest and recover.
“The mitigations people took to protect themselves over these many months against COVID-19 are as important as ever to staying healthy and safe, not just against COVID-19, but basic illnesses like summer colds which are on the rise,” noted Dr. Vaidian. To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses, continue to practice smart health and safety measures including:
- Washing hands regularly with soap and water; or using hand sanitizer when necessary
- Practice physical distancing – particularly in congregate settings
- Stay home when sick! If you are experiencing cold or COVID-19 symptoms, including coughing, sneezing, loss of taste or smell - stay home to rest, recover, and help prevent the spread of virus and disease
- Carry a mask and wear in crowded settings, particularly when you may be in contact with people who you do not know their vaccination status or are experiencing symptoms.
COVID-19 vaccine is widely available and anyone 12 years and older is eligible to be vaccinated. To learn more about where to get COVID-19 vaccine, visit www.DutchessNY.gov/covidvaccine.