COOPERSTOWN – The first case of coronavirus in more than three weeks has surfaced in Otsego County, county Public Health Director Heidi Bond reported this afternoon.
All contacts have been notified and are in quarantine, she said.
This case not associated with the Unadilla Livestock Auction; Bond issued an alert Friday afternoon after learning an out-of-county individual who attended without a mask had later come down with COVID-19.
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ALBANY – On Long Island, the number of coronavirus deaths is continuing to drop and contract tracing is coming online, and if this trend continues Long Island could be ready to open by Wednesday, Governor Cuomo announced today at his daily briefing.
After New York City, Long Island and Westchester County were the hardest his areas in the state.
ONEONTA – The New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON) is pleased to announce the 2020 Otsego County Mini-Grant Program Awards, $45,000 today, for Otsego County nonprofits and their capacity building projects. The typical grant is $1,000.
Among the new grantees is the new Cooperstown Senior Center. The grant will allow the organization to formalize its structure as a non-profit, which will allow it to seek further funding from other programs.
ALBANY – Governor Cuomo today launched the $100 million New York Forward Loan Fund to provide flexible and affordable loans to help small businesses, focusing on minority and women-owned small businesses, that did not receive federal COVID-19 assistance.
The state will take a smart, targeted approach for distributing these loans, focusing on businesses with 20 or fewer employees and less than $3 million in gross revenues. Businesses interested in receiving a loan should visit esd.ny.gov/nyforwardloans.
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ONEONTA – The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce is the point of contact for businesses and not-for-profits seeking to obtain some of the 1,000 masks made available locally through Binghamton-based Rotary International District 7170, which includes local clubs.
Orders are first-come, first-serve, said chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan, who asked interested parties to contact here at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (607) 434-3130.
COOPERSTOWN – Bassett Healthcare wants everyone to know that they do not have to feel alone if they are feeling stress about the Coronavirus crisis.
The hospital network has now created a hotline for anyone who needs help handling the pressures and concerns of these unusual times.
“Many people, although they may have family members in the area and are staying in touch, still feel isolated and alone,” said Ann Marie Mills, the licensed clinical social worker at Bassett Healthcare Network who is leading the 10 person hotline team. “It is often useful to them to have a non-family member or friend to feel their worries and concerns.”
The hotline, 607-322-0157, is staffed 24/7 and is free of charge.
UNADILLA – People who attended last Saturday’s sale (May 16) at the Unadilla Livestock Auction may have been exposed to coronavirus and should self-monitor for symptoms through Saturday, May 30, the county Health Department announced this afternoon.
Anyone who was there and is experiencing fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and sudden loss of the sense of taste or smell should contact their doctor or call the COVID-19 Hotline (607-547-5555) or the health department (607-547-4316)
COOPERSTOWN – Fenimore Art Museum’s Glimmer Globe Theatre and The Farmers’ Museum’s Templeton Players in Cooperstown are planning e a full schedule of virtual performing arts in place of the regular 2020 summer season.
Due to the restrictions on public gatherings necessary to protect public health, this season’s productions of “The Tempest” by William Shakespeare and “A Moon for the Misbegotten” by Eugene O’Neill have been rescheduled to 2021.