MASKING COMING: COUNTY EXECUTIVE GEORGE LATIMER ACKNOWLEDGES 700 PLUS NEW CASES OF COVID IN LAST 3 WEEKS–WILL CONSIDER RETURN TO MASKING REQUIREMENTS IN COUNTY-OWNED PARKS, BEACHES, POOLS AND COUNTY-OWNED BUILDINGS AND OFFICES WITHIN “A FEW DAYS.” REJECTS MANDATORY VACCINATION AND TESTING OF COUNTY EMPLOYEES, BUT WOULD HAVE TO DISCUSS WITH UNIONS, WORKERS REPS IN ORDER TO DO SO.

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County Executive George Latimer acknowledges 700 new cases of Coronavirus in 3 Weeks, but is gratified that hospitalization rates are far from the rate of hospitalizations suffered in the first two waves covid in 2020 and the first 3 months of 2021. He indicated the vaccine if you have it seems to be resulting in less serious cases. The County Executive said in a few days he would be meeting with county officers to consider tightening up mask-wearing at county-owned facilities. In response to a News12 question he said he was not considering requiring all county employees to be vaccinated or tested if not vaccinated, he said he would have to discuss this with unions and employee representatives. Dr. Dial Hewlett of the county Department of Health, a speaker at the news conference answered a Journal News reporter asking how many new cases had caught the variant covid virus and Dr. Hewlett said the county did not have a breakdown of that. The County Executive also announced the awarding of a $3.9 Million federal grant to the Department of Health to conduct covid awareness education in communities of minorities that would be administered by Mercy College.
To watch the first 6 minutes of his news conference view the video above.

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