High local transmission of COVID cases: 4 hospitalized, 85 cases

The number of COVID-19 cases is really starting to accelerate in our central New York area. The Delta variant is the version of the coronavirus that is sweeping our region now. Among Chenango, Delaware and Otsego counties, the number of cases is currently highest in Otsego County, followed closely by the other 2 counties.

According to the Otsego County Department of Health, the virus is spreading fastest in areas with weakest coronavirus vaccinations. It certainly does not mean that people who have been vaccinated cannot get it, but it is much less likely. Otsego County health officials say the virus appears to hit the unvaccinated population the most. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says people who are vaccinated are less likely to get the Delta variant, or if they do, the symptoms are usually milder than they would be if the person weren’t vaccinated. . Public masking is strongly recommended at this time for EVERYONE to prevent the spread of the virus.

Otsego County, along with the Chenango County and Delaware Department of Health (DCPH) recently released statements saying that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) determined that in all three counties, there are has a “high transmission” rate of the COVID-19 virus is continuing right now and the number of cases is starting to increase dramatically every day. “High transmission” is defined as a positivity rate of 10% or more over a 7 day period.

With this latest development in mind, health officials continue the message to the unvaccinated: “get vaccinated as soon as possible”. Currently, the vaccination rate in the population aged 18 and over in Chenango County with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is 65.2%, Delaware County’s vaccination rate is 57.2%. In Otsego County, the percentage of residents 18 years of age and older who have received at least one dose is 64.0%.

Let’s take a look at the COVID case numbers locally:

Looking at the number of COVID-19 cases reported by the Otsego County Department of Health (8/15): There are currently 85 known active cases with 4 people hospitalized for COVID-related complications. The total number of COVID-related deaths since the start of the pandemic is 64. The health department has a COVID-19 dashboard with daily updates for the latest information.

To stay up to date on vaccination clinics in Otsego County, visit www.bassett.org/covid-19/covid-19-vaccine and www.otsegocounty.com.

Delaware County health officials have an update for the week ending 12/8 (updates are once a week), reporting 76 active cases with 3 people hospitalized. The total number of deaths from complications from the coronavirus remains at 52. Go to delawarecountypublichealth.com/covid-19/#Dash to access the Delaware County Public Health COVID-19 dashboard.

Delaware County Public Health Hosts Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) Weekly Single Dose COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic each Wednesday at the Delhi Farmers Market, in front of the Health Department offices at 99 Main St., Delhi from noon to 2:00 p.m. This vaccination clinic is open to all New York State residents or those working in New York State who are 18 years of age or older. They are all walk-in clinics. In addition, many pharmacies offer vaccines, and you can get vaccinated at Delaware Valley Hospital (607-865-2400) and through your Bassett health care network. Find clinic sites at covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov.

In Chenango County, the health department reported on Aug. 10 that at that time there were 60 active cases in the county with 3 hospitalizations and a new total of 80 virus-related deaths.

The departmental health service. announced that there are clinics offering the Pfizer vaccine for anyone 12 years of age and older. Participants MUST REGISTER for clinics at 607-337-1660.
• Pfizer vaccine from August 20
• August 27 Pfizer vaccine

For those 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 must register online.

Below is a list of vaccine resources for ages 12 and up:

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

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

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

If you think you’ve 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.

For information on the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccination, CLICK HERE.

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