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Fulton County warns of COVID-19 exposure on bus; County ranks 3rd from bottom for vaccination percentage

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FULTON COUNTY — For the fourth time in the last two weeks the Fulton County Department of Health on Tuesday issued a COVID-19 exposure warning — this time for the Gloversville Transit City bus.

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Health officials are warning the potential COVID-19 exposure occurred between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. on these dates:

  • April 6 —  people exposed should monitor symptoms and quarantine until April 16
  • April 7 — people exposed should monitor symptoms and quarantine until April 17
  • April 8 — people exposed should monitor symptoms and quarantine until April 18
  • April 9 — people exposed should monitor symptoms and quarantine until April 19

According to New York State’s COVID-19 Tracker on Monday, the most recent day for new coronavirus statistics, Fulton County  had a positivity rate of 4.3% and 19 new cases, a higher positive rate than any of its neighboring counties: Montgomery (4.1%, 15 new cases) Saratoga (3.3%, 45 new cases) Hamilton (3.4%, 2 new cases Thursday) or Herkimer (3.5%, 12 new cases). Fulton County on Thursday also had a higher positive rate than Schenectady County (3.4%, 24 new cases) and Albany County (3.7%, 45 new cases).

“[U.S. Centers for Disease Control] recommends that anyone with any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 get tested, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection,” reads a social media statement posted by the Fulton County Department of Public Health. “If you get tested because you have symptoms or were potentially exposed to the virus, you should stay away from others pending test results and follow the advice of your health care provider or a public health professional.”

The COVID-19 exposure on the Gloversville Transit bus comes at a time when Fulton County ranks dead last among the six counties in the mostly rural Mohawk Valley Region for the percentage of residents who’ve received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

As of Tuesday, in Fulton County 28.6% of residents, about 15,302 people, had received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. In neighboring Montgomery County, 37% of residents have received at least one dose of a vaccine, 18,282 people.

Fulton County is tied with Bronx County (28.6% vaccinated, 409,255 people with at least one dose of vaccine) for third from the bottom among counties in New York State for lowest percentage of residents vaccinated.

Only Orleans County (28.5% of residents, 11,564 people) and Allegany County (28.2%, 13,109 people) rank lower than Fulton County for percentage of residents vaccinated.

The Fulton County Department of Public Health is asking county residents to pre-register for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine clinic set for Thursday at Fulton Montgomery Community College starting at 12 p.m. and running until 2 p.m. The clinic is open to essential workers, people with comorbidities and those age 18 and up. For more information call 518-736-5720.

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