It’s been a deadly week in Broome County with the coronavirus pandemic claiming over a half dozen more residents.

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Robert Hoetink

On Monday, September 27 Broome reported two deaths over the weekend. Two more deaths were reported in Wednesday’s update and September 30, the county said four more residents had died on Wednesday, September 29. That's 8 lives lost to the virus for the week, bringing Broome’s pandemic death toll to 383.  One new death was reported this week each in Delaware and Tioga Counties.

Broome added 100 new cases and reports 693 are active.  Chenango County reports nine new cases with 118 active cases. Cortland County had 26 new cases identified on Wednesday, September 29 with 162 active cases.  Delaware County’s Wednesday update had 29 new cases from the last report on Monday, September 27 and 54 deaths.  Tioga’s weekly update noted one additional death, 121 new cases and 167 active cases. 60 cases were in the unvaccinated, 33 breakthrough cases in people who had at least one dose of the vaccine and four whose vaccination status was not known.

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Broome County health officials have noted one group with the largest new infection rates are in teens age 12 to 17 who recently became eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine.  As part of New York’s #Vaxtoschool initiative to vaccinate school-age children, pop-up clinics were scheduled for October 1 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Broome Tioga BOCES facility for residents and students and for eligible students and residents in the Chenango Valley School District from 2:40 to 5 p.m. at the high school.  The Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson vaccines were scheduled to be given. The Pfizer vaccine is the only one approved for younger children, age 12-17.

Tioga County was also having a J&J vaccine clinic October 1 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the Candor High School auditorium.

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