We have been writing stories and updates about local COVID case numbers for over a year now.  Sometimes we get numb to the data.  We are now seeing people who are fully vaccinated getting the new variant of COVID (Delta).  Because these people are fully vaccinated, these new cases of the virus are relatively mild and non-life threatening.

But,. still the weekly reports of COVID in our area are shocking.  And they are always worth revisiting if only to remind everybody that the threat is still there, the numbers are real, and people are still dying.

Here are the very latest (August 26, 2021) figures reported by the Chenango County Department of Health:

Active cases:  79

Active quarantine:  201

Confirmed cases:  3,809 (up 15)

Active hospitalizations:  6

Total recoveries:  3,563

Total COVID tests performed:  132, 588

Total COVID deaths:  81

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While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.