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Heidi Bond

1 New COVID Case Reported In County

1 New COVID Case

Reported In County

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COOPERSTOWN – One new COVID-19 case was reported in Otsego County today,  the first case since last Friday, according to county Public Health Director Heidi Bond.

Otherwise, the pandemic threat is stable, with two active cases and no further related deaths.  The one person hospitalized last week has been released.

COVID-19 Cases Continue To Drop

COVID-19 Cases

Continue To Drop

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COOPERSTOWN – Despite Tuesday’s announcement of a sixth COVID-19 death in Otsego County, cases continue to decline.

Today, there were only two active cases in the county, down from 11 at the beginning of the week.  And only one is hospitalized, according to county Public Health Director Heidi Bond.

Despite testing, confirmed cases remained stable at 109.

County Sees First COVID Death Since May

Coronavirus Claims

1st Death Since May

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COOPERSTOWN – A 60-year-old Otsego County resident died of COVID-19, bringing the death total to six, Heidi Bond, Otsego County public health director, reported today.

Additionally, two new cases were found, one in Unadilla and the other in Worcester. One person had traveled to North Carolina, the other had no recent travel.

One New COVID-19 Case, But 2 Recoveries, Too

One New Case, But

2 Recoveries, Too

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COOPERSTOWN –  Another COVID-19 case was reported Sunday, bringing the county’s total to 106.

As people recover, however, the number of active cases locally has dropped over the weekend from 13 to 12, reflecting two recoveries, county Public Health Director Heidi Bond reported.

Hospitalizations remain at 3, and 89 people have recovered, up from 87 on Friday.

This Week, 8 Cases Surface

This Week, 8

Cases Surface

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COOPERSTOWN – Eight news cases of coronavirus have been reported locally this week, county Director of Public Health Heidi Board said this afternoon.

That raised the number of active cases in county from 10 to 13.

As of today, there were 105 total cases, up from 99 Monday.  The new total includes the 13, plus 87 who have recovered, and the five deaths experienced since cases first appeared in mid-March.

90-Year-Old, Three Others Off Ventilators
Reprinted From This Week’s
Hometown Oneonta, Freeman’s Journal

90-Year-Old,

Three Others

Off Ventilators

Bond Says COVID Seems Milder,

As Latest Victims Out Of Danger

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

County Public Health Director Heidi Bond

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.

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“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.

12 Active Cases Reported Locally

12 Active Cases

Reported Locally

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COOPERSTOWN – Three more COVID-19 cases surfaced Thursday and Friday, bringing to 12 the number of active case currently in Otsego County, county Public Health Director Heidi Bond reports.

That also bring to 18 the number of new cases reported locally since July 1.

Quarantine Scofflaws May Escape Oversight

Quarantine Scofflaws

May Escape Oversight

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Heidi Bond

COOPERSTOWN – If you’re planning a vacation to what Governor Cuomo has increased from 22 to 41 “hot spot” states, cancel it, county Public Health Director Heidi Bond suggests.

“I had a vacation planned to North Carolina,” she said. “But it’s best not to travel right now, and I cancelled it.”

With 15 new cases of COVID surfacing since July 1 – four in Oneonta; one in Cooperstown – officials are ramping up messaging about quarantining after travel.

“One of the cases we had was a resident who went to Florida and tested positive when she came back,” said Bond.

COUNTY DOH SAYS COVID-19 HAS AWAKENED

COUNTY DOH

SAYS COVID-19

HAS AWAKENED

15 New Cases In July; 4 In

Hospitals, 3 On Ventilators

By LIBBY CUDMORE & JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

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After a quiet May and June, 15 cases since the beginning of July, nine in the past week, may mean we’re heading right back where we started from.

Heidi Bond

“This increase is similar to what we were seeing in the beginning,” county Public Health Director Heidi Bond said Tuesday. “If we continue to see a rise in cases, it could set us back.”

Four of the new cases have been hospitalized, two at Bassett Hospital, one at Fox and one at Albany Med, she said. Three of the four are on ventilators.

Four are in the City of Oneonta, and one in the Village of Cooperstown.

COVID Flare-Up As Bad As Ever

3 IN INTENSIVE CARE 

COVID FLARE UP

‘AS BAD AS EVER’

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COOPERSTOWN – With 15 cases reported in the first 20 days of July, Heidi Bond, public health director, is warning that the current cases are rivaling the start of the outbreak.

“Now is not the time to get complacent” she wrote in her daily press release. “We must all take responsibility to reduce the spread of the virus.”

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.

4 New C-19 Cases Reported Locally

4 New C-19 Cases

Reported Locally

Virus Still Here, Bond Reports

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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.

Active COVID-19 Cases Remain At 2 In County

Active COVID-19 Cases

Remain At 2 In County

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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.

Since June 2, 3 Cases Here; Phase 3 Friday

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Since June 2,

3 Cases Here;

Phase 3 Friday

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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.”

State Ag & Markets Law Exempts Auction House

Unadilla One Raises COVID-19 Fears

State Ag & Markets Law

Exempts Auction House

This notice has been posted on the Unadilla Livestock Auction website since it was discovered a patron without a mask at the May 16 auction later tested positive for COVID-19.

By ELIZABETH COOPER • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Devlin
Bond

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.

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