Otsego County Health Forced To End Policy of Testing Out Of Quarantine
Public Health concerns are rising in Otsego County with COVID case numbers continuing to rise before Christmas and before holiday gatherings. As of yesterday (12/15) the health department reported that 1200 people in the county were in quarantine. This information was released by The Otsego County Department of Health a statement posted below, regarding the department allowing people in quarantine to come out of quarantine if they test negative for the virus.
DECEMBER 15 OTSEGO COUNTY COVID REPORT
Looking at COVID-19 case numbers reported by The Otsego County Department of Health: There are currently 355 known active cases and there are 11 people currently hospitalized with COVID-related complications. The total COVID-related deaths since the beginning of the pandemic remains at 91. The Health Dept. has a COVID-19 dashboard with daily updates for the latest information.
Booster shots are available to ALL ADULTS 18 and older. To stay up to date on vaccine clinics in Otsego County, visit www.bassett.org/covid-19/covid-19-vaccine and www.otsegocounty.com. Also, keep in mind that you can receive a vaccine through your Bassett Healthcare Network provider and at various local pharmacies.
DECEMBER 15 DELAWARE COUNTY COVID REPORT
Case numbers are even higher in Delaware County right now. Delaware County Health officials have an update from yesterday, reporting 296 active cases with 14 people hospitalized. The total number of deaths related to coronavirus complications is at 81. Go to delawarecountypublichealth.com/covid-19/#Dash to access the Delaware County Public Health COVID-19 dashboard. DCPH also reported the following information about those contracting COVID in the county...
54.2% of the total population are vaccinated
79% of the positive cases are unvaccinated
21% of the positive cases are vaccinated
16% of the positive cases are Pre-K-12th students/employees
1.6% of the positive cases are college students/employees
DECEMBER 15 CHENANGO COUNTY COVID REPORT
In Chenango County, the health department reported, there are now 304 active cases in the county with 7 hospitalizations and the total of deaths related to the virus at 92.
The level of COVID-19 transmission remains HIGH in Chenango, Delaware, and Otsego Counties according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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 online.
Each County's Current Vaccination Rate
Health officials in our tri-county area are continuing the message to those unvaccinated: "get vaccinated as soon as possible". The percentage of those getting vaccines is slowly creeping up each week. Currently, the vaccination rate in Chenango County's TOTAL population with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is at 61.7%, Delaware County's vaccine rate is at 59.1%. In Otsego County, the percentage of residents 12 and older with at least one dose is 62.9%.
Pop-up Vaccination Sites Across New York State:
Back in September, Governor Kathy Hochul announced that pop-up vaccination sites would be coming to communities to increase the vaccination rate in kids 12 and older. The pop-up locations change every week. To find out the latest location, visit covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/nys-vaxtoschool-pop-locations.
Below is a list of resources for vaccines for those 5 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.
Finding Covid-19 testing sites
There is a COVID-19 Test Site Finder from the New York State Department of Health that helps you locate where to access Covid testing near you. Just put in your zip code at coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you.