Increased COVID Incidents on the South Tier

As new reports emerge of monkeypox emerging outside of New York City, there is still concern that the other virus is still circulating and mutating.

On the COVID-19 front, Broome County continues to see the number of people hospitalized slowly grow.

As of Friday, July 29, 59 people have been hospitalized with COVID in Broome with 253 new cases over the previous five days. Broome County’s total number of cases since the start of the pandemic in March 2020 is now 62,146 with 45 new cases announced on Friday morning (July 29). There have been 535 deaths attributed to the pandemic in Broome County.

Chenango County’s weekly sewage surveillance report showed a slight increase in SARS CoV2 levels over the past two weeks, prompting the Health Department to remind residents that the virus is still circulating.

In a statement released by the Chenango County Health Department last week, officials say that while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue to list Chenango County’s level of transmission risk as “LOW,” they continue to monitoring trends closely.

While county officials have not announced any action in response to the wastewater testing, the statement notes, “There are many counties in the interior of the state that are experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases. Some recommend more personal protection measures and prevention strategies.”

Health officials say there is a misconception that people cannot get COVID if they have been fully vaccinated and/or boosted, a notion that was proven wrong when President Biden tested positive for COVID and was again isolated after testing positive again. after being acquitted. first positive result last month.

Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News

Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News

Experts say it’s still important to get vaccinated and boosted, but also to stay home if you’re sick and be careful around those at risk, such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.

The Broome County Health Department will host a Pfizer Booster Clinic and a Pfizer Pediatric Booster Clinic at the National Night Out event at Cheri Lindsey Park on August 2 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

A Moderna Booster clinic will be held at the Broome County Health Department on August 4 from 1 pm to 3 pm

Visit for information on how to register for a vaccine.

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