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The Daily Star's four-county region of Chenango, Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie counties has had 300 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of 7:15 p.m. May 24.

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Otsego County reported its first new confirmed COVID-19 case Saturday, bringing the countywide total to 63. The person infected did not attend the Unadilla Livestock auction on May 16, county health officials said in a media release. All contacts of the new case have been notified.

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Otsego County officials are warning that patrons of a Unadilla livestock auction may have been exposed to COVID-19.

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As the Mohawk Valley and several other regions across New York state ease into the first phase of reopening, the owners of the Unadilla Drive-In are preparing to be the “front-runners” of the local entertainment industry, among the first in the state to open since the national outbreak of co…

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ALBANY — New York lawmakers are planning to reconvene after the Memorial Day holiday to address pandemic-related measures while they keep their fingers crossed for a massive federal aid package for state, county and municipal governments.

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The city of Oneonta will repair asphalt on Rose Avenue near Main Street beginning around 7 a.m. Tuesday, May 26. Work is expected to conclude around 3:30 p.m.

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Oneonta's Survive and Thrive Task Force has blossomed into a group of several committees that are working hard to transition the city from surviving to thriving in the post-pandemic world, Mayor Gary Herzig said. 

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ALBANY — Calls for an independent investigation of the manner in which the state has managed the coronavirus infection crisis at nursing homes are increasing even as Gov. Andrew Cuomo insists state actions had been consistent with federal guidance.

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Three area churches will offer barbecued chicken and more to go, a parade and ceremony will be held in Laurens and three ceremonies will take place in Unadilla, all in observance of Memorial Day, Monday, May 25. 

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Rotary District 7170, which includes 44 clubs across a seven-county region, partnered recently with the office of State Sen. Fred Akshar, R-Afton, to distribute 11,000 masks to area nonprofit organizations and essential small businesses.

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The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has outlined a phased plan to reopen its boat offices throughout the city's watershed, and to start the recreational boating season at select reservoirs in the Catskills.

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The Otsego County Board of Representatives voted to lay off nearly 60 people at its special meeting Wednesday, May 20, and the cuts will include closing the Oneonta satellite office of the state Department of Motor Vehicles. 

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A 79-year-old woman reported missing Tuesday evening from her Delaware County residence was found alive and "in good condition" about half a mile from her residence later that night, according to New York State Police.

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ALBANY — Two months after nursing homes in New York were declared off limits to visitors — children, spouses and other kin of residents included — state officials have advanced no plan for allowing them to return to the beleaguered facilities.

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The Otsego County Conservation Association will offer a webinar Wednesday, May 20, about how communities can adapt and succeed in their goals during and after the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Mark R. Davies, who represents the city's Second Ward on the Oneonta Common Council, has been appointed dean of the School of Education, Human Ecology and Sports Studies at SUNY Oneonta.

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Organizers of the Chenango Blues Fest announced Monday that the 2020 festival has been canceled in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

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ALBANY — Some 20,000 complaints have been fielded by the state Labor Department relating to workplace safety issues tied to the coronavirus pandemic, state Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon revealed Monday,

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The Otsego County Board of Representatives will hold a special meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 20, where the board will likely approve laying off about 60 people, as part of a continuing effort to fix the county's 2020 budget, which has been devastated by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. 

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ONEONTA - Doris I. "Diz" Schlee, 81, passed away at home on May 19, 2020. Her obituary and services will follow in The Daily Star. Arrangements by Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, Oneonta; www.lhpfuneralhome.com.

SIDNEY CENTER - Polly L. Davis, 98, of Sidney Center, passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2020, at Robinson Terrace Nursing Home in Stamford. She was the widow of Harry VanderMark. She retired from Tie Co. of Unadilla in 1984. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Carol Vander…