In a short trend that has not been seen since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, one county in the region has had two days in a row reporting only one new confirmed case of the coronavirus.

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In the February 17 and 18 updates, Chenango County reported just one additional case for each day, bringing that county’s total to-date to 2,329 cases.  There have been 50 deaths.

Broome County added 94 cases in the February 18 report for a total of 13,591 positives to date and two additional deaths for a total of 302.  Cortland County added 14 cases for a total of 3,554.  The death toll for the past week has stayed at 61.

Delaware added 16 cases to its total Thursday for 1,416 cases since the start of the pandemic. The death toll remains at 40 and Tioga County reported 15 new cases on Thursday for a total of 2,770. The death toll remains at 69.

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Officials in New York State are again cautioning about delays in receiving COVID-19 vaccine doses due to weather conditions across the country.

Earlier this week, the Broome County Health Department had to contact dozens of essential workers and others in vaccination groups 1-a and 1-b to reschedule their appointments since the promised doses of the vaccine did not arrive on February 16.  There’s been no official word about any possible additional delays this week.

Broome County generally gets word from New York State on Sunday on how many doses to expect and how they should be divvied up then vaccination pods are held Tuesday and Friday for the county.  County vaccines are separate from allocations for the state vaccination site, hospitals and local pharmacies.

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