Otsego County is considered a place with a “high” level of COVID-19 transmission, according to data from the CDC collected through Wednesday, Aug. 11.
On Aug. 5, the CDC data showed all of the Mohawk Valley had “substantial” COVID spread. Just a week later, Herkimer and Otsego have both been upgraded to areas with high community transmission based on an increase in positive cases.
The CDC says people in substantial or high transmission areas should start wearing masks indoors again, even if they’re vaccinated.
Otsego County Department of Health is also urging residents to start wearing masks indoors in public places.
According to county health officials, several of the recent cases are “repeat” COVID-19 infections among those who are not vaccinated. The officials say natural immunity to COVID diminishes after 90 days, and people should consider getting vaccinated to prevent a reinfection.
The health department says 76% of the 291 positive cases reported since May have been among the unvaccinated.
There are currently 82 active cases in Otsego County, with five people in the hospital. Health officials say all of the 10 people hospitalized with COVID-19 since May were unvaccinated.
A pop-up vaccine clinic will be held at the Hartwick Tractor Pull at Hartwick Town Park on Sunday, Aug. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.