Chenango, Delaware, and Otsego County are forgoing contact tracing and instead concentrating on helping people get vaccinated and tested for COVID as needed. Otsego DOH has also stopped reporting active case numbers since they feel that they can no longer accurately report.
Do you feel like you're in the "Groundhog Day" movie, and just like the main character, waking up on any given day this week, experiencing this same time last year all over again when it comes to COVID-19?
As we head for a new year to begin, health officials on a national, state, and local level are all holding their breaths, wondering what impact holiday gatherings will have on COVID-19 case numbers and if hospitals will see a dangerous influx of new cases.
Public Health concerns are rising in Otsego County with COVID case numbers continuing to rise before Christmas and before holiday gatherings. As of yesterday (12/15) the health department reported that 1200 people in the county were in quarantine.
As of yesterday and over a year and a half since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Chenango County has suffered more deaths at the hands of COVID-related complications than neighboring Delaware and Otsego Counties.