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COVID breakdown for August

COVID breakdown for August

Staff Report • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Otsego County had an increasing number of COVID cases in August. Community transmission is considered high.

According to the Otsego County Department of Health (DOH), there 380 total cases in August with 52% unvaccinated and 48% vaccinated. Everyone hospitalized due to COVID, a total of six people, were unvaccinated individuals, including the two most recent deaths locally from the virus.

The majority of cases occurred in people between the ages of 25 and 55.

In addition, there have been almost 60 new cases reported in the past two days, 30 on Friday, Sept. 3, and 29 on Thursday, Sept. 2. That brings the total active number of cases in Otsego County to 134, a positivity rate of 5.5%.

The CDC recommends wearing a mask indoors in public regardless of vaccination status in order to protect from the delta variant as well as to avoid spreading it to others.

The Otsego County DOH recommends getting the vaccine as it greatly reduces the likelihood of hospitalization and is considered the most effective tool against the COVID virus.

 

One death reported in Otsego County due to COVID

One death reported in Otsego County due to COVID

Staff Report • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

According to the Otsego County Department of Health, one person has passed away due to COVID on Saturday, Aug. 21.

There have been 83 active cases with 14 hospitalizations and 14 new cases as of Monday, Aug. 23.

The Otsego County Department of Health said they will be releasing a comprehensive press release sometime later this week and has in the past encouraged those who have not yet been vaccinated to get vaccinated as it is able to prevent hospitalization and death.

 

Pop up vaccine clinic at Schenevus Central School will offer chance for Brooks BBQ gift card

Pop up vaccine clinic at Schenevus Central School will offer chance for Brooks BBQ gift card

The Otsego County Department of Health will be hosting a pop up vaccine clinic at Schenevus Central School with all who get the vaccine being entered for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Brooks BBQ.

According to statistics from the Otsego County Department of heath, 56% of Otsego County residents have at least one dose of the vaccine with still lags behind the rest of New York State at 62.2%.

“We are happy to partner with Schenevus Central School to offer this vaccine opportunity.  We encourage people to make an appointment with us to get vaccinated, and help keep our county safe as we prepare to return for the school year,” Alex Scorzafava, Public Health Preparedness Coordinator at the Otsego County Department of Health, said in a media release. “Please visit the Otsego County Department of Health website to register for this clinic and to remain aware of future vaccine opportunities in our area.”

The Department of Health has also hosted vaccine clinics at the Otsego County Fair and the Hartwick Tractor Pull.

 

COVID update and tractor pull vaccination pop up vaccination clinic

COVID update and tractor pull pop up vaccination clinic

Staff Report • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

As of Friday, Aug. 13, there are 87 active cases with 14 reported today and four hospitalizations.

Otsego County is now in a state of high community transmission.

There will be a walk-up vaccination clinic at the Hartwick Fire Department tractor pull at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 15.

The Otsego County Department of Health encourages those who haven’t already gotten vaccinated to do so.

According to their figures, 76% of COVID cases in Otsego County have come from individuals with no vaccinations while 24% have been vaccinated.  100% of hospitalizations were from individuals who were unvaccinated with 60% being under the age of 64. In addition, 20%  of cases were below the age of 18.

Otsego County nearly at high level of community transmission for COVID

Otsego County nearly at high level of community transmission for COVID

Staff Report • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

According to an Otsego County Department of Health press release, Otsego County is at a state where it could go from a substantial level of transmission to a high level of transmission as a result of the delta variant of the virus.

As such, they are continuing to recommend that everyone wear a masks indoor regardless of vaccination status.

In addition, they say there have been several cases where individuals have had repeat COVID infections, meaning that they got the virus after testing positive 90 days or more prior.

As of Thursday, Aug.12 , there are 82 cases in the county with 19 new cases reported and five hospitalizations. The Department of Health recommends that the public consider getting vaccinated if they have not already.

COVID era brings new mental health issues

COVID era brings new
mental health issues

By Kevin Limiti • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, and more recently with the emergence of the Delta variant, people have been forced to change their lifestyles in order to stay safe and healthy. While the prolonged effects of social distancing are unclear, in Otsego County there are clear statistics regarding the effects these changes have had on the mental health of its residents.

According to the Otsego County Department of Health, there was a lull in people seeking care for the first few months of the pandemic, but by the end of 2020 there was a 5% increase in those seeking treatment.

The Otsego County Mental Health and Addiction Service clinics moved about 1,000 clients to telehealth, where medical staff provide services via phone, Zoom or other technologies.

Children and Family Services as well as Addiction Recovery both experienced declines in service, but this was because referral services had either gone remote or weren’t operating under normal capacities.

“We experienced a significant jump in severity of impairment and risk in both adults but most dramatically in children,” Susan Matt, director of community services for the Otsego County Mental Health Department, said. “Unlike many other counties, we have not seen a significant increase in overdose deaths.”

CDC and Otsego County Department of Health recommend everyone wear masks indoors, including the vaccinated

CDC and Otsego County Department of Health
recommend everyone wear masks indoors,
including the vaccinated

STAFF REPORT • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

The Otsego County Department of Health released a press release on Wednesday, Aug. 4, that said Otsego County was considered by the CDC to be at a “substantial level of community transmission”, and that they now recommend mask wearing indoors, even for those who have already been vaccinated.

Otsego County is currently at 50.5% vaccinated for adults, which is well below the state and country average of  around 70%.

This comes on the heels of Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig warning about the dangers of the delta variant and other future variants.

The Clark Sports Center is now requiring mask wearing indoors for all in response to the CDC recommendations as is the Cooperstown Farmer’s Market.

The Otsego County Department of Health will be holding an additional pop up clinic at the Otsego County fair from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug.4 at the EMS building.

 

Cooperstown nursing home closed to visitors for 14 days due to employee testing positive for COVID

Cooperstown nursing home closed to visitors for 14 days due to employee testing positive for COVID

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

The Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing is closed to visitors for 14 days due to an employee testing positive for COVID.

Due to the Delta variant of COVID, cases are on the rise throughout the country. As of Thursday, July 29, there are 26 active cases in Otsego County with a 1.5% seven day average, according to the Otsego County Department of Mental Health.

The Otsego County Department of Health encourages anyone who has not been vaccinated to get the vaccine as the Delta variant affects the unvaccinated the most adversely.

Cooperstown & Around and City of the Hills: July 29, 2021

Cooperstown & Around and City of the Hills

Vaccination tent to be set up at County Fair

A pop-up clinic by the Otsego County Department of Health will be giving COVID vaccines at the Otsego County Fair. The vaccines will be available from noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 3, and Friday, Aug. 6.


Laurens to celebrate Community Day

The Laurens Community Day will be held Saturday, July 31. There will be yard sales in the village, along with family activites from 10:30 am to 4 p.m., including the Utica Zoo Mobile.
Lunch will be available for $10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pre-orders will be available by emailing Laurensfiredepartment@gmail.com. There will be original music from 6 to 8 p.m., with make-your-own ice cream sundaes.

COVID Vaccines will be offered at Otsego County Fair

COVID Vaccines will be offered at Otsego County Fair

STAFF REPORT • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

A pop-up clinic  by the Otsego County Department of Health will be giving COVID vaccines at the Otsego County Fair.

The vaccines will be available from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug 3. and Friday, Aug. 6.

The available vaccines will be the Pfizer and the Johnson and Johnson.

“We’re excited to be a part of the event and to offer a convenient opportunity for folks to receive their COVID vaccine,” Heidi Bond, director of public health for Otsego County, said in a media release. “We encourage fairgoers to come see us for their vaccine, ask questions and take advantage of the other public health information and resources we will have at hand.”

People who get the vaccine will be eligible for prizes including a $100 gift card to Brooks BBQ among other things.

 

Vaccine clinics at local schools

Vaccine clinics at local schools

STAFF REPORT • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

The Otsego County Department of Health announced Thursday, May 6, that it would be setting up vaccine clinics at several county schools.

Residents 16 and up will be eligible for vaccinations.

Participating schools include Cherry Valley-Springfield, Richfield Springs, Schenevus and Morris. The clinics will be open from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Go to www.otsegocounty.com/departments/d-m/health_department/covid-19_vaccination_clinics.php for more information.

When Will Shots Arrive

When Will Shots Arrive?

Meanwhile, Otsego County People 65 And Older Registering

By CHRYSTAL SAVAGE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Beginning this week, some members of the general public are now eligible to schedule an anti-COVID vaccine appointment.

As of Monday, Jan. 11, the state gave the go-ahead to expand vaccine appointments to Phase 1b populations – seniors, first responders, corrections officers, teachers and other school staff; in-person college instructors, childcare workers, public facing grocery store workers, transit workers and individuals living and working in homeless shelters.

Also Monday, people 65 and older were folded into Phase 1b; previously, it has been 75 and older.

Phase 1a was focused on healthcare workers. The 1b situation is “fluid,” Kelly Rudd, Bassett Healthcare Network director of pharmaceutical services, said of the many moving parts of the operation.

The implementation of phases ultimately boils down to the prioritization of limited supplies; plus, state and federal guidelines continue to evolve.

“This is an extremely complex national endeavor we are navigating,” said Bassett President/CEO Tommy Ibrahim.

Organizations that will administer the inoculation – some drug stores, for instance – can submit requests for supplies; however, across the country, demands continue to trend higher than the stockpile – lending to the delay in vaccinating at a faster pace on a larger scale particularly in rural communities.

That said, the county Department of Health and other local providers have worked to set up clinics, expanding their vaccinations to include eligible phase 1b individuals.

According to the state website, “People age 65 and over (along with other Phase 1b individuals) will primarily be vaccinated at pharmacies and other sites that are part of the ‘retail network,’” by “appointment only.”

“The COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline is open 7 a.m.-10 p.m., 7 days a week, for scheduling vaccination appointments for eligible New Yorkers: 1-833-NYS-4-VAX 833-697-4829,” according to the website.

Community members are asked to check am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ concerning their eligibility to receive the vaccine in addition to a list of various local clinics and pharmacies to inquire about making an appointment.

Bassett patients are encouraged to setup/use their MyBassett for updates on eligibility and other information as it becomes available to the public in real time.

Health Department Issues Post-Holiday COVID PSA
Quarantine, Get Tested Only If Symptomatic

Health Department Issues

Post-Holiday COVID PSA

COOPERSTOWN – With many concerned that they were exposed to COVID-19 during holiday gatherings, The Otsego County Department of Health has issued a public service announcement to instruct people on what to do in the event they learn they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus.

“Please do not call the on call nurse,” the release reads. “The department is very busy following up on positive cases.”

25 COVID-Cases Reported Today

Bond: COVID Cases Still

High From Thanksgiving

COOPERSTOWN – The Otsego County Department of Health is still seeing cases of COVID-19 related to Thanksgiving gatherings, according to Heidi Bond, public health director.

25 cases were reported today, with one additional hospitalization and 978 quarantined.

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