COVID-19 Update from Columbia County Health Department

Following is the latest update from the Columbia County Department of Health.

As of 12:00 pm on July 5, 2020:

– Columbia County has had 37 residents that have passed away from COVID-19.

-Columbia County has 448 confirmed positive cases.

-There are 23 active cases of COVID-19 in Columbia County.

– 388 of the 448 cases have recovered from COVID-19

– 6 of the positive cases are hospitalized, 0 of those hospitalized are in the ICU

-We have received 12,222 PCR reports. Please note this number may represent duplicate reports, out of county reports, and multiple nursing home testings.


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Happy 4th of July!

Have a happy, and safe Independence Day!

Independence Day is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject to the monarch of Britain and were now united, free, and independent states.


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Celebrate July 4th & Summer w/ Shared Streets in Hudson

To create space for safe, physical distancing, the City of Hudson is extending Shared Summer Streets through the summer. The Hudson Shared Summer Streets Program is going to make street space available to businesses, residents, and local organizations in new ways.

Here’s some helpful information:

  • Shared Summer Street Hours
    • Monday-Friday 4pm to 10pm
    • Saturday and Sunday 11am to 10pm
  • During Shared Summer Street hours, Warren Street is open to pedestrians, bicycles and cars, and traffic is calmed to 5mph to ensure everyone’s safety.
  • Any parking spot on Warren Street not being used by businesses can be used for parking! Based on the number of applications received, we believe the majority of spaces will remain for parking. Metered parking rules remain in effect.
  • There are also many municipal lots throughout the city available for parking, within walking distance to Warren street. A big thanks from the City of Hudson to Columbia County for making county lots available after 5pm and on weekends during this program. To find out more view the parking guide map.

The roadway space is shared by people walking, biking, and driving at low speeds. These programs generally allow people walking and biking in both directions to use the road, and people driving are expected to yield to them.

Photos by JD Urban

Local Access Only and Shared Street signs are posted at key cross streets to discourage through traffic, but the street remains open for residents of the street, emergency vehicles, deliveries and short-term pick-up. Signs and barriers are intended to be easily understood by all users, with no additional police presence required.

Hudson held a trial weekend from Friday, June 26 – Sunday, June 28. After an evaluation of that weekend, including reviewing a survey of business owners, residents and visitors, the program will continue, with amended conditions.

All photos in this post by JD Urban

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Spencertown Academy Announces Young Writers’ Contest Winners

Spencertown Academy Arts Center announces the winners of its fifth annual Young Writers’ Contest. Held in conjunction with the Academy’s Festival of Books (which will be virtual this year), the contest was open to writers in grades 9 through 12 attending school or homeschooled in Columbia County, NY and Berkshire County, MA.

“While this was a difficult year for students everywhere, we received 30 fiction and non-fiction entries from both public and private high schools. There was wonderful diversity among authors and subject matter. The Young Writers’ Contest has no required themes, which allows students room to explore what’s important to them,” says Kelly Kynion, coordinator of the contest. “There are many dedicated writing teachers and passionate young writers in our region, and we’re delighted to create an opportunity for them to receive recognition at the high school level. This year, two talented freshmen surprised us by taking the top honors!”

The contest was judged by accomplished authors and publishing professionals, including Jamie Cat Callan, Alan Gelb, David Highfill, Daphne Kalotay, and Wendy Schmalz.

The top three winners in each category received cash prizes ($250, $150, and $100 respectively) and the first-place winning story and essay are now published on the Academy’s site at

Nonfiction/Essay or Memoir

Alyssa Mowris
Alyssa Mowris

First Place: Alyssa Mowris,
Chatham High School freshman,
“If Walls Could Talk”

Second Place: Anthony Smith,
Germantown School senior,
“How to Properly Waste Your Summer”

Third Place: Rida Farsanza,
Hudson High School senior,

Fiction/Short Story

Taibat Ahmed photo
Taibat Ahmed

First Place: Taibat Ahmed,
Taconic High School freshman,
“The Boy In The Clouds”

Second Place: Piper Nayowith,
Hudson High School senior,

Third Place: Malina Jackson,
Berkshire Waldorf High School senior,
“A Part of Something Bigger”


Founded in 1972, Spencertown Academy Arts Center is a cultural center and community resource serving Columbia County, the Berkshires, and the Capital region. Housed in a landmark 1847 Greek Revival schoolhouse, the Academy is located at 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, New York. For more information, please contact

LOCATION: Spencertown Academy
790 NY-203
Spencertown, NY

Phone: (518) 392-3693


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Virtual Historic Hudson, Jul 2


Take a Tour of Historic Hudson, without leaving your home, this Thursday, July 2.

The City of Hudson is much more than a quaint town in the Hudson River Valley. Founded by Quakers in 1785, Hudson quickly grew to a major commercial center and almost became the capital of New York State. Hudson offers the finest “Main Street” in New York and features examples of every architectural style since the late 18th century, including two of the rarest, Adam and Egyptian Revival.

Big Onion Walking Tours‘ virtual adventure will explore the diverse social history, architecture, and people of this Upstate urban center. Stops could include: Promenade Hill, Nantucket Houses, sites associated with the Underground Railroad, the most notorious Red Light district north of Times Square, and locations associated with The Jenkins Family, Ma Brown, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jack “Legs” Diamond, Ada Louise Huxtable, and Lieutenant William H. Allen, who was killed by pirates.


DATE/TIME: Thursday, July 2, 2020 /  6pm 

COST/REGISTRATION: $15 adults / $10 students, seniors / $30 single-screen household.
Reserve a spot at

LOCATION: Your Own Home



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