Southern Tier COVID Testing/ Reporting Resumes
Testing for COVID-19 and vaccinations are getting back on track in the region following a delay from snow and the Doctor Martin Luther King Junior Holiday.
Broome County Executive Jason Garnar, himself just getting back into the office following a bout with COVID, says while the county is no longer actively calling people who test positive for the virus, it is important to get tested or home test if they don’t feel well and report any positive tests to the health department.
Testing at the Broome County Health Department and New York State sites at the former Davis College and Gannett printing facility in Johnson City were closed on January 17.
Several Southern Tier Counties are delayed in reporting the COVID numbers due to the long holiday weekend. However, Broome County reports 223 new cases and 116 residents hospitalized on January 17. In his last update, January 14, County Executive Garnar said the number of those hospitalized in Broome County now also reflects residents from other counties who are being treated at Binghamton area hospitals and not just Broome County residents. People from Tioga, Chenango and Susquehanna Counties often are treated in hospitals in Broome County.
In Broome County, under a new dashboard reporting process, officials say there were a total of 2,032 COVID cases reported in the county in the past seven days. There have been 474 pandemic related deaths. That’s an increase of one from the Friday report.
Chenango County last week reached 100 COVID deaths.