It seems as if we are back at the starting line all over again.  A review of COVID data for the month of August shows us a grim picture.  In fact, Otsego County remains at the HIGHEST level of disease transmission according to the CDC and the Otsego County Department of Health.

As new cases continue to rise, both organizations recommend everyone (even those who are fully vaccinated) wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission, to maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others. Other protection measures such as handwashing & social distancing are still effective measures to reduce the likelihood of contracting the virus.
As if the message hasn't been hammered home for over a year vaccination against COVID-19 is the most effective tool we have against this virus. The majority of cases are occurring in unvaccinated individuals and at this time all 6 individuals in the hospital with COVID-19 infection are unvaccinated.
According to the Otsego County Department of Health, here is a review of the statistics and data concerning COVID for the month of August, 2021:
380 total cases reported in the month
52% unvaccinated
48% vaccinated
100% of hospitalizations in unvaccinated
9% of the cases in August are in college students/employees.
Age breakdown August 2021
10% cases in 0-11 year old
8% cases in 12-17 year old
19% cases in 18-24 year old
46% cases in 25-55 year old
8% cases in 56-65 year old
9% cases in 66 and older
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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.