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Mohawk Valley region

COLUMN: If Numbers Keep Rising In Mohawk Valley Region, County May Be Re-Closed

LIFE IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

If Numbers Keep Rising

In Mohawk Valley Region,

County May Be Re-Closed

By RICHARD STERNBERG • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Richard Sternberg, a retired Bassett Hospital orthopedic surgeon, has agreed to provide his professional perspective while the coronavirus threat continues. Dr. Sternberg, who is also a village trustee, resides in Cooperstown.

At his news conference today, Governor Cuomo made public the result of the latest antibody testing story for all of New York State. The numbers don’t look good for the Mohawk Valley region (which includes Otsego County), and the governor made a brief comment to that effect.

The antibody testing indicates that somebody’s had the disease.

The Mohawk Valley had the largest percentage gain of patients who took the test that turned up positive. Previous tests showed 2.7 percent positive; we now have 5.5 percent positive. This is a gain of 2.8 percent or more than twice the rate previously. This puts us in the top four regions in the state in terms of percentage positive.

Only New York City, Long Island, and the Hudson Valley have higher numbers   We also have the second largest increase in percentage with a gain of 2.8 percent for a relative gain from our previous one of over 100 percent. Only the North Country had a higher relative percent increase and it started out at about half our rate.

HERZIG: un-PAUSE STALLS, BUT ONLY UNTIL SATURDAY

HERZIG: Un-PAUSE

STALLS, BUT ONLY

UNTIL SATURDAY

Southside Mall’s Inside Stores

Stay Shut, But May Open Soon

Southside Mall’s merchants had hoped to reopen Friday, but have been delayed – maybe only until Saturday – while epidemiologists and scientists” firm up guidelines. Store with outside entrances may open, the MVREDC reported this evening.
Mayor Herzig

UTICA – In disappointing news for Southside Mall – locally owned interior stores had hoped to open tomorrow (Friday) – Governor Cuomo failed to deliver guidelines that would allow Phase 2 of his un-PAUSE program to open, at least until Saturday.

Contrary to expectations, malls can’t open, although stores with outside entrances may open, Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, who’s a member of Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council, was told at an MVREDC briefing that ended a few minutes ago.

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