No Connection Established

With Any Other Local Cases

By ELIZABETH COOPER • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – A second Otsego County resident has been found to have the COVID-19 virus, but this time the individual has no known contact with another person with the illness. 

CDC image of the coronavirus

The other county resident who has the virus had contact with a Herkimer County resident who had recently returned from Greece and tested positive. 

Otsego County Public Health Director Heidi Bond said the fact that the second person did not know how they had gotten the virus underscores the importance of taking precautionary measures in interactions with people outside your home and in public spaces. 

“Given the nature of this infectious disease, we all need to have personal responsiblity to reduce the spread,” Bond said. 

Measures to protect yourself and others include, washing hands covering coughs and sneezes, not touching your face and staying home if you are not feeling well, she said. trying to stay at least six feet from others outside your immediate family is also an imprtant precauton. 

Bond declined to give any details about the individual, other than to say they are hospitalized somewhere in the county. She would not disclose their age, sex or what part of the county they live in.

The individual’s close contacts have been told to quarantine themselves and are being closely monitored, she said. 

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