Chemung County planning public COVID-19 vaccine clinic for older population

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BIG FLATS (WETM) – Chemung County Executive Chris Moss and Director of Public Health Peter Buzzetti met with the media on Wednesday to discuss the state of COVID-19 in Chemung County.

The latest numbers from the Chemung County dashboard shows that there are 10 active cases in the county currently, with a total of 88 deaths, due to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.

There have been 12,014 Chemung County residents vaccinated to date, 2,272 were adminstered by the Chemung County Health Department. Which means that 9,742 residents have been vaccinated elsewhere, some of the locations that have been administering vaccines, are Arnot Medical, Guthrie, Rite Aid, Gerould’s Pharmacy, CVS, or out of county sources such as state sites.

Moss told us that 14.3% of Chemung County has received at least their first dose.

He also said that the Southern Tier has the highest percentage of ICU beds available for the entire state of New York at 48%.

The County has reached out to the state to see if the state is planning on using the Chemung County site as a state site. The state requested additional information which has been provided to them, and Chemung County is waiting to hear back.

The local health department can only distribute the vaccine within the parameters and guidelines established by New York State Department of Health

The persons added to the eligible list as of March 1 are:

  • 65 and older with or without comorbidities
  • Individuals with pre-existing medical conditions

Chemung County has only been receiving 300 doses a week, therefore has not been able to put out a public scheduler due to the volume. Those doses are going to the persons that are eligible to receive doses, and will open to more people as the supply of doses increase.

As Chemung County see an increase in the vaccine allotment given to the Health Department, the County is going to focus on some specific areas to include the Black/Brown population as well as outlying areas of the county such as Catlin and Van Etten where the number of people who have been vaccinated is lower than the more populated areas of the county.

They plan to accomplish this via a zip code scheduler, which means specific spots on the scheduler will be held for specific zip codes within the county that have been underserved when it comes to vaccinations. The public scheduler will be found at www.chemungcountyny.gov when it goes live.

The county believes that there were not a lot of minorities in the area working in the group 1A/1B vaccination fields, which may have limited their numbers.

Wedding receptions in Chemung County requirements starting March 15:

  • Testing all patrons attending the event
  • 50% capacity – up to 150 people
  • Approved by the local health department – Email to safetyplans@chemungcountyny.gov

It is requested to provide this information as soon as possible and not to wait until the last minute.

If you have a skill set in the clerical or medical field and you would like to volunteer with the county’s vaccination effort you can email the county at covid19@chemungcountyny.gov.

During the press conference, the new dashboard for Chemung County was revealed. Starting today the Chemung County COVID-19 dashboard will include vaccination information, which you can find right here on MyTwinTiers.com

To find out the latest numbers in Chemung County you can visit the County’s COVID Dashboard on our site.

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