Progress is being seen locally as well as state-wide and nationally in the fight to control the coronavirus pandemic.

President Joe Biden March 11 promised a national database to ease the efforts of people trying to find and schedule appointments for vaccinations while those growing numbers of administered vaccines seem to be helping to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Jim Free Tpwnsquare Media Binghamton
Jim Free Tpwnsquare Media Binghamton

There have been no new COVID deaths reported in any Southern Tier County in the listening area for the past couple of days. The latest death reportedly was a woman in her 70s who died Tuesday, March 9 in Broome County.  Chenango, Cortland, Delaware and Tioga Counties have not reported any additional deaths since March 2.

The coronavirus is still present and still spreading, while maybe not as fast as it was over the holidays and during spike times when people gathered over the summer. New cases are still being reported every day in all five Southern Tier counties but not at the across-the-board double digits seen in December and January.

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Recently, a Binghamton Devils game was halted in the first period due to COVID-19 protocols.  It was not released if the positive test result actually came back after the game had begun. Of course, Binghamton Devils' games are not being played in Broome County. The shortened AHL season has the Binghamton team playing its home games at its parent club facilities in New Jersey.

March 11, Town of Owego Supervisor Donald Castellucci announced the Town Hall is closed due to an internal COVID-19 case.  The office is to reopen at 8 a.m. Monday, March 15.

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