Unadilla Livestock

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An area resident who spent eight hours at the Unadilla Livestock Auction on Saturday, May 16, tested positive for COVID-19, leading the Otsego County Health Department to ask anyone who was there to monitor themselves for symptoms until May 30. Anyone with symptoms should contact their primary healthcare provider or arrange to get tested at one of the state testing sites.

According to the auction company’s website, May 16 was a horse and tack auction.

Owner Kaitie Rubin of Monticello was quoted in a published interview a month ago that they’d had to scale back or cancel some of their dates. The auction services, considered an agricultural support service, were classified as essential.

The company’s website states that masks are required and only buyers and sellers are permitted in, with no spectators and no children. The customer who tested positive for COVID reportedly did not wear a mask.

Contacted for comment, Rubin said she did not want to be quoted.

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