Wednesday’s public meeting of Gloversville’s 15-member Local Planning Committee for the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant was converted into a virtual meeting instead of held publicly at the Glove Theatre after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control issued a guidance that 37 counties in upstate New York should resume mask wearing for indoor gatherings due to a high rate of transfer of COVID-19.
“Out of an abundance of caution, the City of Gloversville announces the third Local Planning Committee Meeting for the Downtown Revitalization Initiative slated for this Wednesday, which was announced last week to be held at The Glove Theatre, will switch to an entirely virtual platform,” wrote Downtown Development Specialist James Hannahs in a news release.
The CDC as of Wednesday has labeled COVID-19 transfer in Fulton County as “High”, along with neighboring counties Saratoga County, Montgomery County, Herkimer County and Hamilton County.
The New York state Department of Health on its COVID-19 testing tracker reports that as of Tuesday Fulton County’s COVID-19 positivity was 18%, placing it in the top third of New York state counties, but not at the top of the mostly rural Mohawk Valley Region, where neighboring Montgomery County had 20% positivity as of Tuesday.
Fulton County did, however, have the highest seven-day COVID-19 positivity percentage in the Mohawk Valley at 11.2%, edging out Montgomery County at 10.4%.
The COVID-19 vaccination percentage of Fulton County residents remains lower than its neighbors with 55.7% of its population, 29,825 people, having received at least one dose. In Montgomery County 70.6% of county residents, 34,931 people, have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. In Saratoga County 80.4% of residents, 184,976 people have received at least one dose.
According to the CDC, in Fulton County currently 4.8% of “staffed inpatient beds” in the county are filled with COVID-19 patients, a lower percentage than in September when Nathan Littauer Hospital was forced to briefly close its acceptance of new patients due to a surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations.