GNH Lumber-Outdoor Living-JUNE 2024

34th death reported; Phase 2 a go


HUDSON—A 34th Columbia County resident died of the coronavirus as of June 1 at 3 p.m., according to the Columbia County Department of Health (DOH).

The DOH has received a total of 4,679 PCR test results with 390 confirmed positive cases.

There are 114 active cases of Covid-19 in Columbia County; 36 additional residents are on mandatory quarantine and 7 residents are on precautionary quarantine; 243 of the total 390 cases have recovered from the virus; 18 of the positive cases are hospitalized, 1 of those hospitalized is in the ICU.

The DOH has received 1,243 antibody results, of which 130 were positive.

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Phase 2 on schedule

As of Monday, June 1, “…Phase 2 of the New York Forward four-phase business reopening plan is looking good to proceed this Wednesday, June 3 in the Capital Region,” Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Murell said in the June 1 county-issued Covid-19 update press release.

“This is good news on two fronts: it means the Capital Region continues to hit the coronavirus metrics required to proceed, and that businesses can resume activity. In the meantime, keeping in mind that the virus continues to spread, we all must continue to adhere to social distancing and mask-wearing to do our part as we look forward to Phases 3 and 4 and a full resumption of economic activity in the county and the region,” he said in the release.

Chairman Murell pointed out that state-issued guidance for businesses included in Phase 2 is now available on the New York Forward website (

According to the New York Forward site, businesses allowed to begin the process of reopening are offices; real estate; essential and Phase 2 in-store retail; vehicle sales, leases, and rentals; retail rental, repair, and cleaning; commercial building management; and hair salons and barbershops.

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