COOPERSTOWN – With the Bassett Healthcare Network reporting this evening that it has administered 80 percent of COVID-19 vaccines it has received so far, Governor Cuomo announced this afternoon that the program is being expanded beyond 1A eligible New Yorkers to 1B.
• 1B includes teachers and schools employees, police and firefighters (first responders), public-safety workers, public transit workers and people over 75.
• The 1A category, nearing completion, encompasses healthcare workers, from doctors and nurses to local health department workers who are administering the vaccines.
ART IN THE DARK – 6:30 p.m. Tour museums galleries of folk art & fine art by Lantern Light with guides. Learn some of the mysterious, melancholy, untold stories behind the pieces & discover secrets with ultra-violet light. Limited to 8/tour. Cost, $14/non-member. Masks, pre-registration required. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org
COOPERSTOWN – Could Bassett Healthcare Network see an influx of COVID-19 patients from downstate? It’s possible.
In his briefing Friday, Governor Cuomo told reporters he is very concerned about finding hospital beds for all those who may be sickened by the Coronavirus.
“We have lower numbers in Upstate, so we are coordinating the downstate need with Upstate hospital beds,” he said. “It could be a person comes in from New York City, but we have a hospital bed in Albany, and if that’s what it gets to that’s what it gets to. If we have a hospital bed with a ventilator anywhere in the state I would be happy.”
PERFORMANCE – 7 – 10 p.m. Support Emergency Shelter program by Opportunities for Otsego while enjoying evening of music by Steve Fabrizio Band. Features light hors d’oeuvres, raffles, cash bar. Cost, $25 at door. B Side Ballroom, 1 Clinton Plaza Dr., Oneonta. 607-433-8000 or visit www.facebook.com/ofoinc/
COOPERSTOWN – Bassett Hospital’s Drug Take-Back campaign in April yielded 225 pounds of unwanted, expired and unused prescription medicines that were dropped off at three locations, the hospital announced today.
Drug Take-Back was designed to encourage people to clean out their medicine cabinets, and drop-off points were set up at Bassett in Coopertown, O’Connor Hospital in Delhi, and FoxCare Pharmacy in Oneonta.
COOPERSTOWN – Bassett Healthcare Network is encouraging people to get rid of unused prescriptions at its three pharmacies during Drug Take Back Week, April 22-27.
The disposal kiosks are available at Bassett, Foxcare and O’Connor pharmacies to help people avoid prescription misuse and help stem addictions tied to over-the-counter or controlled medication. These excess prescriptions can be managed easier with the help of pharmacy software development by SmartexLab or others, the software can enable alerts for expiring medications, as well as if the destruction of any stock needs to be carried out. A deployment of this type of software could decrease medicine waste greatly.
ONEONTA – Sita Fey has been named as the president of the Opportunities for Otsego Board of Directors for 2019.
In addition to Fey, Bryce Fredrick was elected vice president, Dr. Benjamin Friedell was elected secretary and David Merzig was elected treasurer.
Members at Large include Katie Bottger, Dan Butterman, Fanny Clements, Alan Donovan, Catarinna Ferrara, Lynn Kent, Melinda Murdock, Tim Parsons, Lisa Samols, Erin Seeley, Ana Vendemmia, and Lorrie Wolverton.
The Board of Directors sets policy for the organization and gives guidance to senior staff in assisting low income people in Otsego County.
THREE ON TOP: Mary Catella, Oneonta, was named to the Dean’s List at Cazenovia College.
Also on the list were:
• Gloria Banks, Oneonta
• Eliya Pickwick, Maryland.
WHEELER LAUDED: Kyla Wheeler, Oneonta, has been named to the Champlain College Dean’s List for the Fall 2018 semester.
Security-Guard’s Death Prompts Bassett To Give Away CO Detectors
COOPERSTOWN – Having lost one of their own – Wade Bostwick, a Milford resident and well-liked security guard who died Saturday, Nov. 24, a victim of carbon-monoxide poison – the Bassett Hospital community is taking steps to prevent it from happening again.
Working with Kidde, the fire-safety products manufacturer, the healthcare network has arranged to provide carbon-monoxide detectors free to anyone who might need one, Executive Vice President & COO Ronette Wiley announced.
Department heads will be coordinating distribution in the next few weeks.
Since Bostwick’s passing, “We have had a number of patients who have required treatment for this,” said Wiley in a message to employees. “With our bitter cold and snow, this is the time of the year where there is an increased danger.”
She pointed out carbon monoxide “is an odorless and colorless gas that can build up indoors and poison people and animals who unknowingly breathe it in. This gas comes from fumes produced when fuel is burned in lanterns, grills, fireplaces, gas ranges, and furnaces.”
FOOD FOR THOUGHT – 12:30 p.m. Lecture “Seen and Unseen: Photographs by Imogen Cunningham” with Kevin Gray, Manager of Arts Education & photographer. Cost, $30/non-member. Study Center, Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org
FOREST WALK – 9 – 11 a.m. Trek through John W. Chase Memorial Forest with Forest Technician Joe Sweeney. Learn about sustainable forest management, pests, invasive species, multi-use land management. Free, open to public. Pre-registration preferred. Meet at intersection of Middlefield, Van Cleef and Pearsall Roads, Middlefield. 607-547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/county-forest-walk/
POETRY SLAM – 8 – 10:30 p.m. Open mic open to 10 students followed by featured slam poet Caroline Harvey, performance poet, punk folk theater artist, educator, social justice advocate and has been featured on HBOs Def Poetry. Free, open to public. Waterfront room, Hunt College Union, SUNY Oneonta. Visit oneonta.campuslabs.com/engage/event/2674906