Coronavirus cases continue to steadily rise in Chenango, Delaware, and Otsego Counties.

The Otsego County Department of Health (OCDH) released their COVID-19 report yesterday, stating that there were were 21 new cases confirmed in the county on Wednesday alone. County-wide, there are currently 143 active cases with 17 hospitalizations. Health officials continue to be very concerned with the significant daily rise in cases and remind people that COVID-19 symptoms can be VERY mild, such as congestion, headache or runny nose. If you develop any symptoms please get tested, isolate yourself and do not go to work.

In Delaware County, Delaware County Public Health reported Wednesday that there are now 96 known active cases in the county following 11 additional confirmed cases yesterday. There are currently 8 people hospitalized with COVID-19 complications. The number of county residents under mandatory quarantine is at 320. The county's health officials says that multiple new cases yesterday and during the previous week are linked to “living room spread” from Thanksgiving dinners and gatherings. The dept. advises area residents to reduce risk of exposure to COVID-19 by avoiding small and large gatherings, wearing a mask, washing your hands and maintaining social distancing.

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In Chenango County, according to the Chenango County Health Department, as of 12/9/20, there were 95 active COVID-19 cases in the county with 6 related hospitalizations, 452 and are now in mandatory quarantine. The total confirmed cases for Chenango County (since March) is at 754.

Chenango County health officials are also reporting that pending approval, The New York State Health Department will release 170,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on December 15th. These doses would go to healthcare workers and nursing home residents and staff. It has not yet been determined what counties or facilities will receive these initial doses.

If you suspect you may have been exposed to COVID-19 or have ANY symptoms (even mild), then get tested. To locate a testing site near you, visit coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you. All you have to do is put your zip code and you'll get a list of sites where you can get tested.

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