There was a small spike in Otsego County confirmed COVID-19 cases yesterday with 26 new cases among the Hartwick College community bringing the total active cases among that campus community to 42. SUNY Oneonta reported low numbers with 3 students in isolation on campus and 4 in quarantine. Otsego County Health officials say, "In the past 3 days there has been 12 new cases reported in SUCO students and 31 new cases reported in Hartwick students. We have been working closely with both colleges to ensure cases are identified and isolated quickly."

County-wide, looking at case numbers reported by The Otsego County Department of Health (2/24): there were 41 new confirmed cases with 6 people currently hospitalized with complications from the virus.  There are currently 100 known active cases in the county with a total of 52 COVID-19 related deaths. The Health Dept. has a COVID-19 dashboard with daily updates for the latest information.

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Delaware County Health officials have an update from yesterday (2/24), reporting 8 new cases yesterday. There are 103 active and there are 11 people hospitalized. The total number of deaths related to coronavirus complications is at 42. Go to delawarecountypublichealth.com/covid-19/#Dash to access the Delaware County Public Health COVID-19 dashboard.

For COVID-19 vaccine information, county health officials recommend visiting www.nyuhs.org/southerntiervax. DCPH has 1st and 2nd dose clinics scheduled this week for essential 1B workers and people with comorbidities but all clinics are full. Officials suggest for those 65 and older, you can call The Office for the Aging at 607-832-5750 to schedule an appointment at a Public Health Clinic. Also, there are select local pharmacies where a limited amount of vaccines are administered. You can call your local pharmacy to find out when/if they will be receiving vaccine. The vaccine will continue to be available for people over 65 at pharmacies and state mass vaccination sites. For information about vaccinations go to www.nyuhs.org/southerntiervax.

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, the health department reported new COVID-19 stats for 2/24 on their facebook page. At that time, the health department was reporting 65 active cases, 14 hospitalizations related to the virus, and the total number of deaths related to COVID-19 complications are currently at 52. For those who are currently eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine and want to get on the county's wait list, send an email with your name, date of birth, address, phone number and eligibility criteria to COVID19@co.chenango.ny.us.

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