State plans COVID clinic at SUCO


By Patsy Nicosia

SUNY Oneonta is on the list of 10 additional COVID vaccination sites that Governor Andrew Cuomo said Monday that the state will be opening “in the coming weeks.”
The SUCO site is the only one of the 10 planned for the Mohawk Valley, but most of the rest will be spread around Upstate New York.
The sites remain in development and are expected to launch in the coming weeks, Governor Cuomo said.
Final details, including appointment scheduling information and hours of operation will be released in the coming days, he said.
Once appointments are open, eligible New Yorkers will be able to schedule appointments through the Am I Eligible website by calling the state’s COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1 (833)-697-4829.
Thursday, State Senator Peter Oberacker, along with a handful of his Assembly counterparts, including Chris Tague of Schoharie, called on Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State Department of Health to establish a state-run COVID vaccination clinic at SUNY Oneonta.
“As more and more COVID-19 vaccine doses become available it is critical that we ease the path for rural residents to access a clinic,” Senator Oberacker said after touring the site.
Monday, he applauded the Governor’s news.
“The opening of a state-run COVID vaccine clinic on the SUNY Oneonta campus is great news for the entire region,” he said. “I applaud the college for putting together an effective plan and the state for recognizing the critical need in our region.
“Now, as our vaccine supply rises, I am hopeful that the state will improve appointment efficiency, increase eligibility, and continue to get shots in arms of those seeking the vaccine.”
In Monday’s update of COVID-19 numbers, the Mohawk Valley reported a 1.51 percent positivity rate.
Statewide the positivity rate is 3.62 percent.
In Schoharie County, there were a total of 1,254 positive cases since the pandemic begin a year ago and a total of 13 deaths.
Sunday, Governor Cuomo said restaurants outside of New York City will be able to move to 75 percent indoor capacity starting Friday, March 19.
That followed his announcement last Wednesday that arts and entertainment venues can open at 33 percent capacity beginning April 2, under still-strict guidelines that include social distancing, masks, and a limit of 100 people indoors and up to 200 people outdoors.
Domestic travelers traveling to New York State will no longer have to quarantine or test out within 90 days of their vaccine, and beginning March 22, residential gatherings of up to 25 people will be allowed; indoor gatherings remain capped at 10 people.