The Otsego County Department of Health (OCDH) reports that despite increasing COVID-19 vaccination rates the number of new cases per day is not declining. The average number of new cases reported per day was 24 in January, 15 in February, 24 in March and 21 in April. In addition, health officials say that the number of COVID cases in children has risen and OCDH says it is important to continue to practice the public health measures to ensure the unvaccinated population does not become infected and encourages those who are eligible to receive the vaccine, to please get it as soon as possible.

Looking at COVID-19 case numbers reported by The Otsego County Department of Health (4/18): there were 6 new confirmed cases Sunday with 7 people currently hospitalized with complications from the virus.  There are currently 146 known active cases in the county with a total of 57 COVID-19 related deaths. The Health Dept. has a COVID-19 dashboard with daily updates for the latest information.

To stay up to date on vaccine clinics in Otsego County, visit www.bassett.org/covid-19/covid-19-vaccine and www.otsegocounty.com. There is a New York State and Bassett Healthcare mass vaccination site at SUNY Oneonta for anyone currently eligible. Anyone 16 and older is now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. CLICK HERE to start the process of scheduling your vaccine appointment. You can also call for an appointment at 1-833-697-4829.

There is also a first-dose Moderna vaccine clinic from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for those 18 and older at the Meadows Office Complex just outside of Cooperstown on April 22. To register CLICK HERE.

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Delaware County Health officials have an update from Friday (4/16), reporting 14 new cases that day. At that time, there were 108 active cases and 15 people hospitalized. The total number of deaths related to coronavirus complications remains at 46. Go to delawarecountypublichealth.com/covid-19/#Dash to access the Delaware County Public Health COVID-19 dashboard.

- To see if you are eligible go covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/phased-distribution-vaccine.
- Registration is open at the SUNY Oneonta mass vaccination site, to register go to am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov.
- For COVID-19 vaccine information, county health officials recommend visiting www.nyuhs.org/southerntiervax.

Pharmacies are currently designated to vaccinate 16 and older. Below are local pharmacies administering the vaccine:

Browns Pharmacy in Deposit- www.brownsrxdeposit.com/covidvaccine 

CVS in Margaretville www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine

Walgreens in Sidney, Delhi, Stamford- www.walgreens.com/findcare/vaccination/covid-19?ban=covid_vaccine_landing_schedule

Additional assistance with getting a vaccine is available to New Yorkers through the NY State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline: 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829). The COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline is open 7AM - 10PM, 7 days week, to help New Yorkers determine if they are eligible and schedule vaccination appointments.

In Chenango County, on Friday, April 16, the health department reported 3 new COVID-19 related deaths on their facebook page, bringing the death total up to 72. At that time, the health department was reporting 113 active cases and 7 hospitalizations related to the virus.

For those who are currently eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, visit www.co.chenango.ny.us/public-health/nursing/covid19.php to find information on the latest clinics available. Those who wish to receive the vaccine need to register on-line.

Below is a list of resources for vaccines for those 16 and older:

NYS Am I eligible site: am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov
Or call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829)

For UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital you may call 607-337-4888

For BASSETT you may call the information line at 605-547-5555 or visit Bassett.org.

If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19 CLICK HERE to learn what to do next.

To find a COVID-19 testing site near you visit coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-testing.

To get information about COVID-19 vaccination distribution, CLICK HERE.

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