After a bit of a slowdown in the renewed rise in cases of COVID-19 in New York State earlier this week, the number of new infections is taking another big jump.

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Under the current surge, New York has gone from a few hundred new cases in a day in early June to over 2,000, then 3,000, 4,000 and now reporting August 17 5,138 new cases, most blamed on the delta variant and unvaccinated residents.

New York’s infection rate is now over 3% with the seven-day average at 3.15%.  Hospitalizations, patients in Intensive Care and intubations are also up.  17 New Yorkers succumbed to the virus on August 18 for a total deaths state-wide of 43,318 since the start of the pandemic. 

Southern Tier Counties are reporting daily new COVID-19 cases ranging from a little over a dozen to several dozen in Broome County. There were 45 new cases reported August 19 and 38 new cases reported Wednesday, August 18 in Broome.

Chenango County reported 13 new cases August 19.  Delaware County updates weekly on Thursdays and says for the period of August 13 to the 19th there were 61 new cases.

Cortland County reports 14 new cases in the report August 19.  The number of deaths in the Southern Tier Counties was unchanged.

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Meanwhile, Cortland County says the Guthrie Cortland Medical Center on Monday will be resuming drive-in COVID testing with a physician’s order across from the main entrance.  The drive-in tests will be done between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Call (607) 299-7676 for information but, again, residents must have a referral for the testing from a physician.

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