Broome COVID Transmission Level Now “High”
According to the latest update on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID Data Tracker, Broome County's situation has gone from bad to worse.
Last week, Broome joined several other counites on the CDC map as showing a Level of Community Transmission in the orange or "substantial" rate.
Now, Broome County is in red for "high" community transmission in the period ending Monday, August 9.
A low transmission rate is considered 10 or fewer cases per 100,000 in a community population or a less than 5% rate of positive COVID-19 test results.
Moderate is 10-50 cases per 100,000 in a population while "Substantial", which Broome County had been listed last week is 50 to 100 cases per 100,00 or a positive test result rate of 8% to 10%. Broome's "Substantial" ranking last week prompted County Executive Jason Garnar to require masks to be worn inside all county-owned facilities while he recommended residents wear masks in other indoor settings.
There is no word from the County regarding whether new advisories or protocols may be instituted given the continued rise in cases.
The latest surge in the coronavirus pandemic is being blamed on the highly-contagious Delta variant.
The new data this week puts Broome in the highest transmission category, showing up red on the CDC map.
"High" transmission with 100 or more COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in a community population or a positivity rate of 10% or higher.
In the last weekly update, Broome reported from August 2 to August 9 the county added 202 cases for a total of 18,524 since the start of the pandemic in March, 2020. As of August 9, there were 226 active cases and 12 residents hospitalized. Broome no longer provides daily updates in COVID numbers on the County website,.
Joining Broome in going from "Substantial" to "High" transmission in the Southern Tier are Delaware and Chenango.
Chenango County reports from August 33-10, three more residents died for a total of 80. there were 71 new cases for the week for a total of 3,61.
Tioga, Cortland and Tompkins counties are in orange as "Substantial."
Tioga County Health Department officials say there have been 42 new cases in the past 7 days, most of those in the unvaccinated.
In the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania, the CDC COVID Data Tracker paints Susquehanna and Wayne counties in orange as "Substantial" and Bradford County as yellow or "Moderate."
Bradford County had 18 new cases last week for a total of 6,186 since the start of the pandemic. There was one additional death over the week for a total of 97.
Susquehanna County added 23 new cases over the week for a total of 2,710. Deaths remain at 62 and Wayne County had 40 new cases for the week for a total of 4,258 since the start of the pandemic. The death toll in the county remains at 84.