Broome Nursing Home COVID Deaths ‘No Surprise’
Broome County is attributing four more deaths in the region to the coronavirus pandemic. County Executive Jason Garnar announced February 10 the death toll in Broome is now at 293 with 59 new positive test results for a total of 13,074. The executive says, however, infection rates continue to come down following the post-holiday surge to the lowest level since the end of November. He says it should be clear in the next day or so if residents heeded warnings to stay at home and avoid large gatherings to watch the Superbowl.
Garnar says the 200-plus deaths from the pandemic in area nursing homes as now reported by state health officials has weighed heavily on him and other officials while it had not been a surprise. Garnar says it was clear early in the pandemic that COVID was ruthless, preying on the elderly and those in congregate care facilities
Chenango County had seven new cases for a total of 2,256. There have been 48 deaths. Cortland County added 29 cases in the February 10 report for a total of 3,398. There have been 61 deaths. Delaware County added 17 cases for a total of 1,306. There have been 39 deaths. Tioga County reported 11 additional cases Wednesday for a total of 2,683. There have been 68 deaths.
COVID testing at the mobile site at MacArthur Park this week ends February 11. There is no testing February 12 or 15 due to the Presidents' Day holiday. The mobile rapid testing unit will be at New Life Ministries in Endicott for the next two weeks.
Testing is being done for residents who are exhibiting symptoms by appointment only. Appointments can be made online at www.gobroomecounty.com or, for residents without computer access, by calling 211.