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Views Around New York: April 29, 2021

Views Around New York

COVID Impatience Can Be Dangerous

From: The Daily Gazette Editorial Board, Saratoga

The return to normalcy has started. But we’re not there yet.

And if you think we’re beyond the bad old days of seeing big spikes in cases, look no further than Saratoga Springs High School, where about two dozen students contracted the virus recently.

Officials believe the outbreak was largely the result of a teen party in Lake George the weekend of April 10.

… We’re almost there! Now is not the time to get complacent and let down our guard.

Tops, Price Chopper Set For Merger

Tops, Price Chopper Set For Merger

Can Both Cooperstown Supermarkets Survive?

By Jim Kevlin • Special to

Price Chopper patron
Pete Gambino exits the Cooperstown store.

It looks like the Cooperstown area, which hosts both a Price Chopper and a Tops Friendly Market, will be an oddity with the merger of the two supermarket companies that was announced Monday, Feb. 9.

The two companies have “a footprint that’s almost perfectly contiguous,” with minimal overlap, Price Chopper/Market 32 President/CEO Scott Grimmett told the Albany Times Union.

With Price Chopper at Chestnut and Walnut in the village, and Tops 3.8 miles away in Cooperstown Commons, that wouldn’t be the case in Baseball Town, particularly since the corporate merger appears to end all competition in Otsego County north of Greater Oneonta, where the Price Chopper in Emmons competes with Hannaford, Aldi’s, BJ’s and Walmart.

“Right now, there are no plans to close any stores,” said Jonathan Pierce of Pierce Communications, Albany, which is handling press queries.

The only other supermarket in Northern Otsego is in Richfield Springs, also a Price Chopper.

Pierce said the merger is being examined by the Federal Trade Commission to assess its impact on the competitive picture.

Glimmer Of Hope? Total Number Of New Deaths Drops From 630 To 594 Saturday-Sunday

Glimmer Of Hope?

Total Number Of New Deaths Drops

From 630 To 594 Saturday-Sunday

Governor Cuomo briefed the public Sunday: for the first time, New York State deaths had dropped overnight.

ALBANY —  The number of COVID-19 related deaths rose by nearly 600 people overnight, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday, going from 3,565 to 4,159. But Cuomo said the number of deaths at one time has dropped for the first time over the past few days, the Albany Times Union is reporting this morning.

“What is the significance of that? It’s too early to tell,” Cuomo said. “Hopefully it’s a beginning of a shift in the data.”

There were 594 new deaths across the state overnight Sunday, compared to 630 new deaths the previous day. It’s not the lowest number of new deaths the state has seen over the past week, but it is the first time there has been a drop.

The total number of new hospitalizations also decreased overnight — with 74 percent of those hospitalized due to COVID-19 discharged. Whereas on previous days over the past week, the number of hospitalizations increased by at least 1,000 each day, Sunday’s increase was just 574.


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