The Delta variant of COVID-19 is making its presence known in Delaware, and Otsego Counties. According to the Otsego County Department of Health, the virus is spreading quickest in areas where coronavirus vaccinations are the lowest.

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Yesterday both Otsego County and Delaware County (DCPH) health departments issued statements saying that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined that in the two counties there is a "substantial transmission" rate of the COVID-19 virus going on right now and case numbers are starting to climb significantly each day. "Substantial transmission" is defined as an 8 to 9.99% positivity rate in the last 7 days.

With this latest development in mind, health officials and the CDC recommend that everyone (including those vaccinated), wear masks at indoor public places to curb the transmission rate.

For those unvaccinated, the continuing message is "get vaccinated as soon as possible". DCPH warns that the Delta variant is rapidly spreading across the country and is spreading fastest with the most severe symptoms in cases in those areas where vaccination rates are lowest.

Currently, the vaccination rate in Delaware County's population that is fully vaccinated is 47.2%. In Otsego County the percentage of residents fully vaccinated is at 50.5%.

Let's take a look at COVID case numbers locally:

Looking at COVID-19 case numbers reported by The Otsego County Department of Health (8/4): There are currently 37 known active cases, with 2 people hospitalized with COVID-related in the county with a total of 64 COVID-19 related deaths. The Health Dept. has a COVID-19 dashboard with daily updates for the latest information.

Vaccine clinics for anyone 12 and older:
The Otsego County DOH will have a table near the EMT tent at the Otsego County Fair on August 6 from 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm, offering walk-up vaccine opportunities with both Pfizer (for 12 and up) and the Johnson and Johnson Vaccine (for those 18 and up). No appointment is necessary.

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

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Delaware County Health officials have an update from 7/29 (updates are once per week now), reporting 26 active cases with 2 people hospitalized. The total number of deaths related to coronavirus complications remains at 52. Go to delawarecountypublichealth.com/covid-19/#Dash to access the Delaware County Public Health COVID-19 dashboard.

Delaware County Public Health is conducting a weekly single dose Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccination clinic every Wednesday at the Delhi Farmer's Market, in front of the health department offices at 99 Main St., Delhi from noon to 2:00 pm. This vaccination clinic is open to all New York state residents or people who work in New York State 18 or older. These are all walk-in clinics. Plus, many pharmacies are offering vaccinations, and you can get vaccinated at Delaware Valley Hospital (607-865-2400 ) and through your Bassett Healthcare Network provider.  Find clinic sites at covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov.

In Chenango County, the health department reported on August 3, that at that time, there were 28 active cases in the county with 2 hospitalizations and a total of 77 deaths related to the virus.

The county health dept. has announced that there are clinics coming up with the Pfizer vaccine for anyone 12 and older. Participants MUST REGISTER for clinics by 607-337-1660.
• August 6 Moderna Vaccine
• August 13 Pfizer Vaccine
• August 20 Pfizer Vaccine
• August 27 Pfizer Vaccine

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 12 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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