News of Otsego County


4 Cases Yesterday, 3 Today, Bond Says

4 Cases Yesterday,

3 Today, Bond Says

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COOPERSTOWN – In addition to four new cases reported yesterday, county Public Health Director Heidi Bond reported a few minutes ago that three more cases have surfaced overnight.

“We are seeing a slight increase in the number of reported cases in our community and it
continues to be very important to practice social distancing and wear a mask when social
distancing is not possible,” she said.

Springfield Officials Possibly Exposed To C-19, Minutes Report


Springfield Officials

Possibly Exposed To

C-19, Minutes Report

Assessor Says She’s Out Of Quarantine;

Tax Collector Says All Officials Now Safe

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SPRINGFIELD – Town Assessor Shari Falcone was in quarantine for the coronavirus and it was feared other top town officials may have been exposed, according to the minutes of the July 13 Springfield Town Board meeting, distributed today.

However, this afternoon Mrs. Falcone said she is out of quarantine and is fine, and another town official said the others are fine as well.

According to the minutes, there were fears Town Supervisor Bill Freeland, Planning Board Chairman Rob Freeland, and Tax Collector Ann Magruder may have also been exposed to COVID-19, since they were in proximity to Falcone at the ZBA meeting the night before.

Only 2 New Cases Reported In 3 Days

Only 2 New Cases

Reported In 3 Days

Morris Fatality Still Only Local One

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COOPERSTOWN – As of noon today, there were 21 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Otsego County, up two from Tuesday, according to county Public Health Director Heidi Bond.

Of the total, two are hospitalized, two have recovered and are off isolation.  Brenda L. Utter’s death Thursday, March 26, is still the only coronavirus death in the county.

Bond also reported:

SQSPCA Animal Shelter Prepares For Challenges

SQSPCA Animal Shelter

Prepares For Challenges

If Owners Must Abandon Pets,

Pet Food, Kennel Space Ready

SQSPCA Director Stacie Haynes sorts through pet food donations that are pouring in at the Susquehanna Animal Shelter. (Jim Kevlin/

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

COOPERSTOWN – Stacie Haynes, executive director, Susquehanna SPCA, doesn’t want anyone’s pet to go hungry during the COVID-19 crisis.

“We have a very well-stocked pet food pantry,” she said. “People can call or email us ( and tell us what they need, and we will leave it out front with a note for them to pick up.”

Delivery options are also available for those who may not have transportation, Haynes added.

The Susquehanna Animal Shelter has held adoption events and expanded its fostering program to open up kennels in the event of an onslaught.

Donations are left to sit for a minimum of 72 hours, she said, and are handled with gloves in order to avoid spreading germs.

The pantry was part of the emergency preparedness plan put together by consultant Barbara Carr in early March.
“She said that this was about to become an issue and that we not only needed to be ready for it, but we needed to be leaders,” she said. “So we put together an emergency preparedness plan.”

Included in that plan were stockpiling six months of supplies and hosting an adoption event in order to empty out the kennels and cages. “It was extremely successful,” she said. “We wanted to clear out those cages in case people get sick, we can offer emergency boarding.”

Adoptions are still ongoing, but the shelter is only open by appointment on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

And with many people working from home, she said that there has been an outpouring of offers to foster animals. “We’ve had more fosters than ever before,” she said. “And normally, we don’t have people foster younger animals because they get adopted quicker, but because we have such limited hours, we are letting people foster them.”

Ten puppies recently came to the shelter, and all are with families. “We’ve seen that it’s actually a really good thing,” she said. “The foster families are able to socialize, house-train and get them used to a leash, so when they are adopted, their chances of success in a home is that much better.”

They’ve also taken things digital, moving their New Leash on Life thrift store and their annual Cider Run 5K online.
“We’ve had a virtual accompaniment to the race in the past, especially with people who couldn’t come that weekend, but still wanted to participate” she said. “So it wasn’t that hard to transition to an all-virtual race.”

Virtual run participants are invited to share videos and photos of their experience throughout the day on the Cider Run Facebook page, and the Cider Run committee will announce winners in various categories, including farthest run, most scenic route, participants with the most dogs and more, on Monday, April 27.

“It can be as serious or as silly as you want it to be,” she said.





Order Brings Local Agencies

Into Line With NY Measures

David Bliss

COOPERSTOWN – At 10:54 a.m. today, county Board Chairman David Bliss issued a State of Emergency for Otsego County, effective immediately, and remaining in effect for the next 30 days.

Also issued was an order in support of the state and county Health Departments’  recommendation on Friday to close schools, which local school superintendents have already announced.

Public Health Director Heidi Bond and her staff have “been working overtime to keep up with the latest information,” Bliss said, and he encouraged citizens, if they have any questions, to first check

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