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Coronavirus

COVID update for January 14

COVID update for January 14

The latest information from the Otsego County Health Department shows:

124 new cases

8  hospitalized

1  new deaths reported

17.2  seven-day average percentage positive

Otsego County and all of New York State remains under an indoor-mask mandate from Governor Kathy Hochul, with exceptions under certain conditions when proof of vaccination is required for entry to an indoor public facility. Read more about New York State’s mask requirement at this link.

COVID Update January 6

COVID Update January 6

The latest information from the Otsego County Health Department shows:

671 active cases

154  new cases

6  hospitalized

0  new deaths reported

14.4 percent  seven-day average percentage positive

Otsego County and all of New York State remains under an indoor-mask mandate from Governor Kathy Hochul, with exceptions under certain conditions when proof of vaccination is required for entry to an indoor public facility. Read more about New York State’s mask requirement at this link.

Life during COVID: The ease of testing

Life during COVID: The ease of testing

By Richard Sternberg, M.D.

This morning (Monday, January 3), I was tested for COVID-19. The process was easy, quick, not particularly uncomfortable, and easy to schedule. While I would’ve preferred a rapid test to know whether or not I’m currently infected, I can wait a day or two for the PCR test — which was the one available — and still be diagnosed within five days of the onset of symptoms as recommended by the Center for Disease Control.

When I woke up Sunday morning I had a slight cough, some congestion (which I frequently have because of allergies) and a scratchy throat. Normally I would’ve gargled and thought nothing of it, but we live in interesting times. Because I had minor symptoms, I knew I should get a test as soon as possible.
I looked online for a testing appointment. but could find nothing for Sunday within 25 miles of Cooperstown, nor could I find any for Cooperstown (where I live) until this coming Thursday except for the state’s new facility opened last week in Milford. While they offer only online scheduling at this time, I was able to make an appointment for 10:20 that morning.

The facility is in the American Legion Post hall at 86 West Main Street in Milford, one half-block west
of the traffic light, on the left side of the road. The testing site operates Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon.

January 4 COVID Update

January 4 COVID Update

The latest information from the Otsego County Health Department shows:

482  active cases

137  new cases

7  hospitalized

0  new deaths reported

12.8 percent  seven-day average percentage positive

Otsego County and all of New York State remains under an indoor-mask mandate from Governor Kathy Hochul, with exceptions under certain conditions when proof of vaccination is required for entry to an indoor public facility. Read more about New York State’s mask requirement at this link.

COVID Update for January 3

COVID Update for January 3

The latest information from the Otsego County Health Department shows:

398  active cases

81  new cases

7  hospitalized

0  new deaths reported

12 percent  seven-day average percentage positive

Otsego County and all of New York State remains under an indoor-mask mandate from Governor Kathy Hochul, with exceptions under certain conditions when proof of vaccination is required for entry to an indoor public facility. Read more about New York State’s mask requirement at this link.

Governor “Winter Surge 2.0” briefing includes mask mandate extension, school opening plans

Governor “Winter Surge 2.0” briefing includes mask mandate extension, school opening plans

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced she will extend her indoor mask mandate by two weeks, keeping it in place across New York through January 29, 2022 rather than its original January 15 expiration.“This is all geared toward keeping the economy open,” she said during her New Year’s Eve “Winter Surge 2.0” press briefing. “The alternative is to shut it all down.”“The reason that we don’t have to do this is that we now have the defenses in place – testing, vaccines, boosters, masks – that we didn’t have in March 2020,” she said. “We can take steps to make sure we’re protected against Omicron.”

COVID update December 30

COVID update December 30

The latest information from the Otsego County Health Department shows:

304  active cases

60  new cases

11  hospitalized

0  new deaths reported

9.0 percent  seven-day average percentage positive

Otsego County and all of New York State remains under an indoor-mask mandate from Governor Kathy Hochul, with exceptions under certain conditions when proof of vaccination is required for entry to an indoor public facility. Read more about New York State’s mask requirement at this link.

 

State Opens COVID Testing Site in Milford Wednesday

State Opens COVID Testing
Site in Milford Wednesday

Governor Kathy Hochul responded to a request from Otsego County officials and will locate a new, state-run COVID-19 testing site in Milford.

The new site opens Wednesday, December 29 at the American Legion Post at 86 West Main Street; its hours of operation are as follows: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.; Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon.

To make an appointment, visit:

appointments.bioreference.com/nystatecovidtesting

COVID update December 13

COVID update
December 13

There are 37 new COVID cases in Otsego County, according to the Otsego County Department of Health, including a total of 340 active cases with 10 hospitalizations. No new deaths have been reported.

There is a 9.1% positivity rate in the county.

Governor Kathy Hochul announced over the weekend that masks will be required in all public places starting today until January 15, 2022.

Governor issues statewide indoor mask mandate beginning Monday

Governor issues statewide

indoor mask mandate

beginning Monday, December 13

Governor Kathy Hochul this morning announced masks will be required to be worn in all public places throughout the whole of New York State beginning Monday, December 13 and effective through January 15, 2022.

Businesses or venues that implement the mask requirement must ensure all patrons two years and older wear a mask at all times while indoors. Those businesses and venues that implement a vaccine requirement for patrons and staff will not be subject to the order.

A violation of any provision of this measure is subject to all civil and criminal penalties, including a maximum fine of $1,000 for each violation. The state has tasked local health departments with enforcing the new requirement.

State Commissioner of Health Mary Bassett issued the order after the state’s weekly seven-day case rate and hospitalizations increased and as the holiday season shifts into full gear. Since Thanksgiving, the statewide seven-day average case rate has increased by 43 percent and hospitalizations by nearly 30 percent.

The new business and venue requirements extend to patrons and staff.

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