Yankee Stadium in the Bronx is opening as a mass COVID-19 vaccination site tomorrow, but Rockland still doesn’t have its own state-designated location. Rockland County Executive Ed Day says our fatality rate ranks second in the state. Day says the governor should authorize a state facility for us, instead of relying on area pharmacies to handle it…
In other COVID news, the governor announced Rockland is getting one of 35 community-based pop-up vaccination sites opening this week around the state. The site will be at the Martin Luther King Center on Bethune Boulevard in Spring Valley. It’ll be open Friday and Saturday, and residents can get shots there by contacting the MLK Center to make an appointment. The number is 845-425-8910. Combined, the 35 sites across the state are expected to vaccinate 25,000 people.
The governor has five days to release nursing home COVID data after a judge backed a request by a state senator and the Empire Center for Public Policy. New York State Acting Supreme Court Justice Kimberly O’Connor was critical of the Department of Health for stalling for several months on reporting nursing home data.
Aero Healthcare in Valley Cottage is getting an $800-thousand state grant to bottle hand sanitizer and manufacture the plastic bottles and pumps for its containers. Aero Healthcare will produce 200,000 units of hand sanitizer each week.
COVID-19 by the numbers now, here in Rockland, we lost three more to COVID, the total is 845. We’ve got 79 hospitalized confirmed with coronavirus, and 2,300 active cases. Our total case count is 34,950, that’s 120 more than Wednesday.