COOPERSTOWN – A 90-year-old hospitalized with COVID-19 last week is out of the hospital and recovering, Heidi Bond, Otsego County Public Health director, reported yesterday.
“All the people who were hospitalized have improved,” she said. “No one is on a ventilator anymore.”
After a quiet weekend – no cases were reported on Saturday, Sunday or Monday – on Tuesday, July 28, one new case was reported in the Village of Cooperstown and two were reported in the City of Oneonta.
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.
COOPERSTOWN – The county Department of Health is reporting “a slight increase” in the number of local cases of the coronavirus, including two new hospitalizations.
The four new cases raise the county total from 81 to 85, since there have been no additional recoveries since the last report on July 10. That total consists of 73 recoveries, five deaths, and seven active cases at this time.
COOPERSTOWN – With one new case since Monday and one additional recovery, there remain two active cases of coronavirus in Otsego County.
However, Public Health Director Heidi Bond advises the public, “Please note that the coronavirus is still circulating in our community. Be safe while enjoying the holiday weekend.”
She also reminds people that visitors coming from 16 states on Governor Cuomo’s advisory list must quarantine for 14 days. With that advisory in place, the number of people in quarantine rose to 31 from 16 on Monday.
COOPERSTOWN – There have been only three new confirmed cases in Otsego County since June 2, county Public Health Director Heidi Bond reported a few minutes ago, not enough to prevent the county from entering Phase Three of the NY Forward program tomorrow.
No one is hospitalized, she said.
“It is important to remember to follow the guidelines put out by New York State,” said Bond. “If you are sick stay home! Wear a mask when you are unable to maintain a 6-feet pf distance from others.”
By ELIZABETH COOPER • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
UNADILLA – Things had been going so well.
Until the weekend, Otsego County had not had a positive COVID-19 case in more than three weeks.
Then on Friday, May 22, the county announced that an individual who attended a Unadilla Livestock Auction had later tested positive for the virus.
The individual, who is not a resident of this county, had been at a May 16 auction
from 1:30 to 9:30 p.m. and was not wearing a mask, according the Otsego County Health Department. There were about 150 others present.
“I think this is why the governor issued the executive order,” said county Health Director Heidi Bond. “To reduce the density of people.”
The livestock auction falls under the state Department of Agriculture & Markets, the auction was not covered by Governor Cuomo’s order that gatherings be limited to less than 10 people, Bond said.
“From what I understand they didn’t have social distancing in place,” she said. “There was crowding and people were standing within 6 feet of each other without a mask.”
The county Health Department issued an alert Friday warning local residents who may have been there to monitor themselves for symptoms.
So far, only one person has reported symptoms, but the test is not back yet, Bond said.
Also, in the past five days, two additional positive cases were reported. Neither was related to the auction, Bond said. Both individuals likely contracted the disease in a healthcare setting outside the county, one as an employee and the other as a patient, she said.
The Health Department is working with the auction house to better protect those who attend.
Bond also stressed the importance of personal responsibility as county residents work to avoid the virus and prevent others from getting infected.
“We all have to take personal responsibility,” she said. “If we don’t like what is going on at a business then don’t go there.”
She also said people who feel ill should make a point of not going out in public.
The case at the auction is a scenario that could have led to a cluster of cases locally, and because people come from other areas to attend the auction it could have led to a spread. So far, however, Bond is not aware of any cases in other counties that might be related.
The two week incubation period will be up May 30, and most people start to show symptoms within seven days, so she is hopeful that the region dodged a bullet, she said.
Sheriff Richard Devlin Jr. said he had a complaint about the fact that the auction was still operating several weeks ago, but determined that they were deemed an essential business and pointed to state Ag & Markets.
“The governor’s made all these stipulations to put it back on local law enforcement, but no tools to deal with it,” he said.
Devlin said he had never been to the auction house and could not say whether it was large enough that 150 people could achieve proper social distancing while there.