Looking at COVID-19 case numbers reported by The Otsego County Department of Health (5/9): there were 5 new confirmed cases Sunday with 6 people currently hospitalized with complications from the virus.  There are currently 52 known active cases in the county with a total of 60 COVID-19 related deaths. The Health Dept. has a COVID-19 dashboard with daily updates for the latest information.

County health officials remind residents that "under state guidance, hosting events and gatherings may be subject to the approval of the local health department. If you are holding a nonresidential social event such as a wedding, graduation party or birthday party it is subject to those guidelines. Among those is limiting attendance to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors."

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

There are four upcoming clinics administering the Pfizer vaccine at the following schools for those 16 and older. Register for the clinic of your choice at www.otsegocounty.com. All clinic appointments are based on first-come, first-served.

5-11-21 at Cherry Valley Central School
5-13-21 at Richfield Springs Central School
5-17-21 at Schenevus Central School
5-18-21 at Morris Central School

There is a New York State and Bassett Healthcare mass vaccination site at SUNY Oneonta for anyone currently eligible. Anyone 16 and older is now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Walk-ins are now welcome at any NY State-run site. Wait times will vary.

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Delaware County Health officials have an update from Friday (5/7), reporting 2 new cases that day. At that time, there were 42 active cases and 4 people hospitalized. The total number of deaths related to coronavirus complications remains at 47. Go to delawarecountypublichealth.com/covid-19/#Dash to access the Delaware County Public Health COVID-19 dashboard.

Delaware County Public Health will be conducting a Single dose Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccination clinic this Wednesday, May 12 at 97 Main St., Delhi, NY 13753 (formerly the Decker Advertising/County Shopper) from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  This vaccination clinic is open to all New York state residents or people who work in New York State over the age of 18. Registration is required with no walk-ins. To register CLICK HERE. For more information or assistance getting registered call Delaware County Public Health at 607-832-5200.

A Message from UHS Delaware Valley Hospital (DVH) regarding the vaccine:

DVH and Delaware County Public Health Services (DCPHS) are are collaborating to help bring COVID-19 vaccines to rural communities in Delaware County. If you are a resident of Downsville, East Branch and Hancock and are interested in being vaccinated at a more local clinic, please call UHS Delaware Valley Hospital Community Relations office at 607-865-2409 and on the voicemail, leave your name, date of birth, and which town’s event you would go to. In order to bring a community vaccine event, a minimum of 20 is needed to hold it.


- To see if you are eligible go covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/phased-distribution-vaccine.
- For COVID-19 vaccine information, county health officials recommend visiting www.nyuhs.org/southerntiervax.

Pharmacies are currently designated to vaccinate those currently eligible. Below are local pharmacies administering the vaccine:

Browns Pharmacy in Deposit- www.brownsrxdeposit.com/covidvaccine 

CVS in Margaretville www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine

Walgreens in Sidney, Delhi, Stamford- www.walgreens.com/findcare/vaccination/covid-19?ban=covid_vaccine_landing_schedule

In Chenango County, the health department reported on Friday, May 7, that at that time, there were 87 active cases in the county with 7 hospitalizations, and a total of 74 deaths related to the virus.

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 16 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.

LOOK: Here are the 50 best beach towns in America

Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.