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Broome County Health Department officials are keeping a close eye on hospitalization rates as the county reaches the 6,000 mark for the number of coronavirus infections since the start of the pandemic.

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December 10, Broome County reported 84 new cases bringing the county's total to 6,064 since COVID-19 first appeared in mid-March.

Five more residents, a man in his 80s and women in their 70s, 80s and 90s passed away December 9  bringing Broome's death toll to 150.

Chenango County also added one to its death toll from the pandemic, bringing that total to 14. Chenango County has a total of 767 cases, an addition of 13 from the December 9 report.

There were no other counties reporting additional deaths.

Cortland County reports 36 new cases for a total of 1,734 and five fatalities.

Delaware County had six new cases for a total of 481 while deaths remain at 9.

Tioga County reports 19 new cases for a total of 1,334. There have been 64 lives lost in Tioga County.

Health officials continue to raise concerns about even small, so-called "living room gatherings" that are being connected with the latest reports of new cases.

Residents are urged to stay home whenever possible, always wear a mask when leaving the house, stay at least 6 feet away from other people and frequently wash hands.

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Testing is available at the New York State drive-through site at Binghamton University. Registration is required. Call 1-888-364-3065 or online at covid19screening.health.ny.gov.

Broome County's mobile testing unit is at the Vestal Public Library from 1 to 7 p.m. December 11 for rapid testing by appointment. The retrofitted BC Transit bus moves to the former Davis College Campus on Riverside Drive in Johnson City December 14 to 18, also from 1 to 7 p.m. daily by appointment for people who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. Register at gobroomecounty.com or call 211.

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