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Otsego County Public Health Director discusses rise in COVID cases

Heidi Bond, the Otsego County Public Health Director, discussed the current spike of COVID-19 cases in Otsego County.

Posted: Nov 19, 2020 11:37 PM

Heidi Bond, the Otsego County Public Health Director, discussed the current spike of COVID-19 cases in Otsego County.

Bond says she is concerned with the way the virus is being spread throughout the county.

She says it's the younger working population, people in their 30's, 40's, and 50's.

"They're at work, they have work contacts, so you know people have a lot of people they're exposing which makes it challenging for everybody to follow up on that," Bond said. "It's spreading very easily in the settings, especially bars, restaurants, that setting where people seem to be more relaxed, have their masks off, spending time with friends outside of the home.”

Bond says people are not following the precautions the same way they were when the pandemic first started.

An exposure was reported Thursday at the Copper Fox in Oneonta.

“I do think people are letting their guard down, we’ve been at this many months now and people are going out, where in the spring they weren’t going to bars and restaurants, those things were closed so people seem to be not taking the precautions they were taking in the spring," Bond said.

Bond says the health department will continue to investigate the cluster linked to the Copper Fox and that people need to do their part to stop the spread.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 2533155

Reported Deaths: 56222
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