State Senator James Seward announced both he and his wife tested positive for the coronavirus. The 51st District Republican was diagnosed last week at Albany Medical Center where he is currently receiving treatment and is expected to be released soon. Mrs. Seward was diagnosed at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown and is now self-quarantining at home. Seward’s Oneonta office will remain closed and those needing assistance are asked to call his Albany office.
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The Community Foundation for South Central New York has released $110,000 in grants to organizations providing essential services to the individuals and communities they serve during the COVID-19 Crisis in the region. Among those receiving funding are Friends of Recovery Delaware/Otsego,
Delaware Opportunities, Chenango United Way, Opportunities for Otsego, Delaware Opportunities and the ARC of Delaware County. The Community Foundation serves donors and nonprofits in five New York counties.
NYSEG’s parent company announces the donation of nearly 18,000 protective masks to assist health care workers amid a shortage of protective gear for medical personnel fighting the coronavirus pandemic. The donation comes on the heels of Governor Cuomo’s call for assistance as New York continues to face increasing strains on the health care system. The surgical masks and N95 respirators are being delivered to a state receiving center, where officials will disperse them to facilities most in need.
The Otsego County Department of Health is reporting 15 confirmed coronavirus cases as of Monday. One of those individuals has died. Officials remind residents to stay at home and follow CDC guidelines. In Delaware County Public Health officials report 12 confirmed coronavirus cases with 30 people under mandatory quarantine. The first individual to test positive is fully recovered and no longer in isolation. Chenango County reports 15 confirmed coronavirus cases.
The Oneonta Department of Public Service is flushing water mains in the high service area starting today and continuing weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.Flushing in these areas is expected to be completed within a week.
During flushing, water users may experience a change in water color, pressure and/or loss of water. This is a common, temporary occurrence and is not a cause for alarm. Run cold water faucets for a few minutes to clear up any discoloring.
While many businesses are seeing fewer customers because of the coronavirus outbreak the Susquehanna SPCA reports adoptions have been on the rise over the last month. Executive Director Stacie Haynes says there’s been a more than 10 percent increase in adoptions in 2020 and 30 percent more fostering. Haynes says the shelter is well prepared to stay clean with six months worth of supplies on hand. Donations are very much welcomed especially since staff reductions were recently required.
The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office is offering tips to avoid coronavirus scams. Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. They could download viruses onto your computer or device. Ignore online offers for vaccinations. There currently are no products available to treat or cure Coronavirus disease. And don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. All reputable charities should be registered with the NYS Charities Bureau.
Oneonta Police remind residents that the City has CLOSED the basketball courts, pavilions and playgrounds in Wilber and Neahwa Parks. While the green spaces remain available for use, anyone seen using the basketball courts, pavilions, playgrounds, or congregating in groups will be asked to disperse. While some sports, can be played while maintaining adequate social distance, players are reminded to avoid touching their faces, and wash their hands before and after play.
The Otsego County Coronavirus Task Force is advising those traveling here from outside the county that they are “Safer at Home” and they should not expect to find resources in Otsego County that they would not find in their home town. The Task Force is asking anyone traveling from New York City and other coronavirus hotspots to notify the Otsego County Health Department when they arrive in Otsego County and self-quarantine for 14 days.
A Sherburne man faces felony charges in the theft of a dirt bike. According to the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office the bike was reported stolen on March 13 and an anonymous tip led deputies to determine Brock Donnison was the individual who went on the victim’s property to take the bike. He was caught on March 16 in possession of the bike. Donnison is charged with felony criminal posssession of stolen property and felony grand larceny.