I’m happy to report that the data has improved significantly since my last newsletter. Specifically, according to the DC COVID dashboard (which has a wealth of information available to all), the 7-day positivity rate, which was 9% a month ago, is currently at 4.3%. The number of active cases has also fallen from 2576 last month to 1083 now. While this is refreshing news, there cannot be any relaxation of necessary safety protocols: masks, social distancing, testing/contact-tracing.
The country, the state & the county continue to struggle with managing vaccine distribution because allotments are still way below requirements. Last week the county revised the application requirements to receive email or text alerts about vaccine availability. Even if you were previously receiving such alerts, everyone must fill out & submit the new “Vaccination Information Request Form”. For those who need help or can’t access the form online, call 845-486-3555 and choose to be connected to the DC Office of the Aging. Note that submitting this form only provides you notification when/where vaccines will be available. You still must register to get an appointment to receive the vaccine which, to-date, is only being given by DC at a few locations and by a select number of CVS & Rite-Aid pharmacies.
The Millbrook Pharmacy has requested approval to become a vaccine provider and is making plans to hold an off-site clinic for Covid-19 vaccines for the 65+ population which reside in the village and surrounding areas to be administered in a location within the village and hopes to have doses in the next few weeks.