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SEWARDS TEST POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS

SEWARDS TEST

POSITIVE FOR

CORONAVIRUS

Both Senator, Wife Cindy Found

To Suffer From ‘Mild Cases’ Of Virus

Senator Seward and his wife Cindy at a recent appearance.

ONEONTA – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and his wife Cindy have both tested positive for COVID-19, his office announced a few minutes ago.

Seward was tested at Albany Medical Center, where he continues to receive treatment.  He was diagnosed with a mild case of the virus and is expected to make a full and complete recovery.  He will be released from the hospital shortly and will remain under quarantine at home.

His wife Cindy was tested at Bassett Hospital.  She is also suffering from a mild case of the virus and is quarantined at home.

Brenda L. Utter, 63; Stricken By COVID-19

IN MEMORIAM

Brenda L. Utter, 63;

Stricken By COVID-19

Brenda Utter

MORRIS – Brenda L. Utter, 63, of Morris, passed away unexpectedly following a brief and courageous battle with the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

Brenda was born to the late Ralph and Mildred (McIntyre) Mitchell Sr. on Sept. 15, 1956, in Reading, Pa.

On July 31, 1976, she married Phillip C. Utter. They had a beautiful marriage of nearly 44 years.

Todd A. Mosher, 58; Navy Vet Injured In ’83 Diving Accident

IN MEMORIAM: Todd A. Mosher, 58;

Navy Vet Injured In ’83 Diving Accident

Todd A. Mosher

ONEONTA – Todd Allen Mosher, 58, a Navy veteran who was injured in a 1983 diving accident, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2020, from pneumonia at Bassett Hospital surrounded by his family.  The pneumonia was not related to the COVID-19 threat.

Todd was born Dec. 5, 1961, in Oneonta, the son of Beverly Mosher and the late Marvin Mosher.

He attended Oneonta High School before joining the Navy. He was stationed in San Diego, California and returned to Oneonta following his discharge.

Janice C. Lockwood, 83; Bible Guided Her Through Life’s Difficulties

IN MEMORIAM: Janice C. Lockwood, 83;

Bible Guided Her Through Life’s Difficulties

Janice Lockwood

ONEONTA – Janice Carol Lockwood entered this stage of her life on March 16, 1937. She left this stage for the next stage, on March 25, 2020, at the age of 83.

Her parents were James and Ethel May (Davis) Lockwood. Janice had eight siblings, all of whom have left previously. During Janice’s twilight years she reconnected with her sister Althea and had many happy discussions with her before Althea left less than two year ago.

Over Weekend, Local Covid-19 Cases Doubled

Over Weekend,

Local Covid-19

Cases Doubled

CDC image of the coronavirus

COOPERSTOWN – Over the weekend, the  number of confirmed cases in Otsego County has more than doubled, from six to 14.

This afternoon, county Public Health Director Heidi Bond reported the latest number, up from nine yesterday afternoon.

Friday, the Bond reported the first death from coronavirus in the county.

According to Bond, every case reported is promptly investigated and close contacts are notified.

Given the nature of this infectious disease it is extremely important that
everyone take the proper precautions to prevent the spread of disease.

Presidential Primary Moved To June 28

GOVERNOR’S DAILY UPDATE

Presidential Primary

Moved To June 23

It’s Unclear If Village Elections

Will Be Delayed 2 More Months

Dear New Yorker:

Every emergency situation is unique. The needs presented are always different. In this case, the unexpected need is for ventilators. Our projections show that we need more ventilators and I will do everything in my power to make sure that we secure these critical supplies.

Here’s what else you need to know tonight:

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2020
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, MARCH 29

More Doodles With Children’s Author

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LUNCH DOODLES – 1 p.m. Children’s book author/illustrator Mo Williams, of Elephant & Piggy fame, hosts virtual art session for the kids featuring drawing, look around his studio, more. Hosted by The Kennedy Center channel on Youtube. Visit www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/

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John P. Murtha, 87; Retired Here From Electronics Industry

IN MEMORIAM: John P. Murtha, 87;

Retired Here From Electronics Industry

John Murtha

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – John Patrick Murtha, 87, who retired her after a career in the electronics industry in New Jersey, passed away peacefully on Tuesday evening, March 24, 2020, in his home after an extended illness.  He had the comfort of his loving family at his side.  

He was born on June 17, 1932, in Brooklyn, son of the late Patrick Joseph and Bridgett Dorley Murtha.  John was raised in Brooklyn and was a graduate of New York School of Printing.  After high school he enlisted in the Air Force, where he served as an aviation maintenance technician for four years and was honorably discharged in 1955.  

LOCAL COVID-19 CASES REACH 9

LOCAL COVID-19

CASES REACH 9

CDC image of the coronavirus

COOPERSTOWN – The current number of confirmed cases in Otsego County is nine, county Health Department Director Heidi Bond reported a few minutes ago.  That’s up from six yesterday afternoon.

Every case reported is promptly investigated and close contacts are notified, she said.

Given the nature of this infectious disease it is extremely important that everyone take the proper precautions to prevent the spread of disease, she said, and recommended the following precautions:

Delaware Engineering Announces ‘No Wipes In The Pipes’ Campaign

Delaware Engineering Announces

‘No Wipes In The Pipes’ Campaign

ONEONTA –  Delaware Engineering, which operates an office in Oneonta, has announced its “No Wipes In The Pipes” campaign, encouraging people to discard disinfecting wipes in trash baskets rather than flushing them down the toilet.

Because of a rush on paper goods, the Albany-based consultants said, “disinfecting wipes are in widespread use to stop the spread of the virus and those without toilet paper may be creative with substitutions including baby wipes, tissues and paper towels.” Flushing them, however,  “may exacerbate an already significant challenge for public sewer systems.

Bliss Encourages Visitors To Alert DOH, ‘Self-Isolate’

CLICK FOR ‘SAFER AT HOME’ STATEMENT

Bliss Encourages

Visitors To Alert

DOH, ‘Self-Isolate’

He Says: No Reason To Believe

It’s Safer Here Than Elsewhere

County board Chair David Blliss.

COOPERSTOWN – Otsego County’s Coronavirus Task Force is encouraging people travelling here from greater New York City and other areas hard-hit by COVID-10 to notify the county Department of Health and to self-isolate for 14 days.

“You and your families have a critical role to fulfill in halting the rapid spread of the coronavirus, which can be dangerous, even fatal, especially to the elderly as well as people with underlying health conditions,” county board Chairman David Bliss, R-Cooperstown/Middlefield/Cherry Valley said in a statement released Friday evening.

Burlington Flats Man Killed In Motorcycle Crash

Burlington Flats Man

Dies In Motorcycle Crash

Kyle Seamon, Burlington Flats, was killed when his motorcycle collided with an SUV on Route 28 in Richfield.

RICHFIELD – A 20-year-old Burlington Flats man was killed when he was hit by a car making a turn on State Route 28 near the Canadarago Lake boat launch in the Town of Richfield.

According to Trooper Aga Dembinska, Troop C public information officer, Kyle J. Seamon was driving his motorcycle south on Route 28 when a woman driving an SUV north made a left turn onto Hyder Road, directly into Seamon’s path.  The SUV and motorcycle collided.

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