As Broome County's Public Health Director makes her last appearance on the weekly, local public affairs program, Southern Tier Close Up, the county says for a second day in a row, Broome has over 90 new cases of COVID-19 in a single day, bringing the pandemic total in the county to over 19, 700.

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Broome reported 92 new cases September 2 following the report of 97 new cases on Wednesday. The death toll for the pandemic remains at 359. The number of active cases in Broome County went from 576 on Wednesday to 592.

Chenango County reports 17 new cases for a pandemic total of 3,904. Cortland added 26 cases September 2 for a total of 5,084.  Delaware County’s weekly report that was updated September 2 said there were 63 new cases for the week.  The total number of cases in the past year-and-a-half in Delaware County stands at 2,742. The death toll remains at 52.

The CDC Covid tracker puts Tioga County’s total cases at4,119 with 17 new cases and 65 fatalities.

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Outgoing director of public health for the Broome County Health Department, Rebecca Kaufman tells this week’s Southern Tier Close Up that, in the five years she’s headed the department, of course, she never anticipated a global pandemic.

She adds, after dealing with COVID for the past 18 months, she never imagined that the county’s infection rate, that had dipped below one percent, would again be above eight percent.

Kaufman is leaving to lead public health efforts in Wake County, North Carolina in a couple of weeks.

Hear more about Kaufman’s insights into the pandemic, her years at health departments in Broome and Tioga Counties and what she faces in her new job in the Raleigh area on Southern Tier Close Up, September 4 at 6:03 a.m. on News Radio 1290 WNBF and anytime on the WNBF podcast.

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