Many Hudson Valley residents are back to living a normal life, but are things really better now than they were last summer?

Unlike last summer, everything in the Hudson Valley is back up and running like it was before the pandemic. Restaurants are at full capacity, concerts have returned and people are gathering once again without social distancing or masks. But are things really safer than they were a year ago?

With the delta variant making it much more likely for people to become sick than they would have last year, despite being vaccinated, the disease is making many local officials and health experts nervous again.

These stats show just how worse things are now than they were on the exact same date last year.

Hudson Valley COVID Infection Rates Compared to Last Year By County

Statistics show the delta variant of COVID-19 is infecting more Hudson Valley residents, despite people now being vaccinated.