Schools in Orange and Ulster Counties will be closed for the next two weeks, it was announced Friday afternoon.
Ulster County Executive Patrick Ryan, announced the decision at a briefing on Friday afternoon.
“Based on what we currently know about the spread of COVID-19, we believe that acting decisively now will significantly reduce the impact on our community and help protect our most vulnerable neighbors,” he said.
Orange County followed suit shortly thereafter.
"In light of the increase in confirmed cases of Coronavirus/COVID-19 in the Hudson Valley and in conjunction with Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan, we have activated States of Emergency in our respective counties. I have consulted with the Orange County Schools Superintendents and made the recommendation to close all public and private schools for the next two weeks," said Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus. " After careful and serious discussion with Orange County’s Health Commissioner, Dr. Irina Gelman, and the County’s school superintendents, we feel that this is the most prudent course of action for our schools. The intention is to protect our students, faculty and administration from contracting COVID-19, and to mitigate the spread of the virus. The safety of our County residents is our highest priority. We will continue to work vigorously, together with all of our partners, to keep residents safe and protected."