First Corona Vaccines!

“Putnam County also received its first shipment of vaccine on Tuesday, County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced via press release.

The county health department got 600 doses of the Moderna vaccine, and on Thursday will begin inoculating staff and residents of facilities managed by the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, Office of Mental Health, and Office of Addiction Services and Support.

After that, the department will vaccinate eligible residents in the county. New York State has a tool to determine if you’re eligible for the first phase of vaccinations.”

From the Chronogram

AstraZeneca’s vaccine reported confusing trial results

Previously researched by Oxford and AstraZeneca, a “90% effective” CoViD vaccine was only applied at a reduced dose in people under age 55.

What was hoped to be ready by year’s end will now need further research.

More trials will compare the reduced dose to a standard two-pair dosing of the vaccination.

‘Mr. Pangalos said the company [AstraZeneca] is planning a global trial to compare the two dosing regimens. The number of participants it will enroll hasn’t yet been determined, but it will be in the thousands.

“The only way they’re going to find out is by specifically and deliberately testing this serendipitous observation,” Professor Moore said. “The onus is on them to prove the speculation.” ‘

Virus Surges in Dutchess, Putnam

On Friday, the Highlands Current reported spikes in the CoViD-19 cases active in Putnam & Dutchess counties.

As of the 12th, Putnam County added a three-day total of 87 new known Corona virus infections.

The county is set to enter a Yellow hot-spot designation, which will result in Garrison school district closing to pupils due to inadequate testing ability.

Without action from residents and the County, expect children to lose vital learning this month.

(Houses of worship will also be at half capacity, and restaurants limited to 4 diners per table)

From The Highlands Current

Tentative School Reopening Guidance

Carmel Schools released preliminary info on how to prep students for possibly returning to school amid the ongoing Corona pandemic.

These guidances includes

*Teach and model for your children how to maintain social distancing [of 6 feet] and use of a face covering outside the home.
*Emphasize proper hygiene with your children including washing hands [for 20 seconds] and avoiding touching their faces.
*Purchase or make a personalized face covering for your child. The District will provide
face coverings if needed.

Expect a comprehensive plan before Friday.

(The full statement is available here: )

Senator’s Food Drive

Senator’s Food Drive

In the town of Bedford, state Senator Pete Harckham hosts a food drive tomorrow, Saturday the 25th, at Noon- 2 pM at Fox Lane Middle School.

Please bring dry goods, canned goods, cereal, and other basic foods.

CoViD Vaccine begins phase III trial

Moderna, a medical researcher, completed a phase II trial for a Corona vaccine yesterday.

Their vaccine produces anti-bodies against SARS-CoV-2 & also prevents the virus from entering cells.

Info on the next phase III trial, including the ~30,000 vaccinations it will entail, is located here:

What we Know about Corona

Dr Anthony Fauci shares info on every thing we know about the SARS-CoV-2 & its CoViD-19 symptoms.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, appears on State of the Union.

Blood Drive at Carmel’s V.F.W

For the health of blood transfusees, please attend the Summer Blood Drive at Carmel’s V.F.W tomorrow, from 10 aM to 8 pM.

(1) Call 1-800-933-2566 or visit 

to make an appointment

(2) Head to

32 Gleneida Avenue

on Rte 52

in Carmel

(3) Give blood at your allotted time

In light of Corona, no walk-ins are permitted.