On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, first identified in Wuhan China. The new name of this disease is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV”. There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused be a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. The name of this disease was selected following the World Health Organization (WHO) best practice for naming of new human infectious diseases.
New York Starts ‘Landing Site’ For Clearer COVID Information Reporting
New York has launched a centralized COVID-19 website, that includes better hospital and nursing home reporting.
New York Governor Hochul Tells Parents to Schedule Kids’ COVID Shots Now
New York Governor Kathy Hochul is telling parents and school districts to get ready now to get younger children vaccinated against COVID-19.
Broome Reports Small Drop in COVID Infections/ Additional Death
Broome County reports 80 people in the hospital as of the end of the day October 18, down a dozen from the number reported in the hospital on October 15.
UHS Temporarily Suspends Visits at Wilson & General Hospitals
The recent uptick in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Broome County is prompting one large health care provider to sideline patient visits.
New York, Southern Tier COVID Vaccination Rates Improve
The latest federal figures show nearly two-thirds of New York residents are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Broome Climb in COVID Hospitalizations “Very, Very” Concerning
Broome County Executive Jason Garnar says he’s “very, very concerned” about the rise in the number of COVID hospitalizations over the past week.
Broome Leads Southern Tier in New and Active COVID Cases
Broome County is continuing to lead the region in active cases of COVID-19 and the number of new cases being identified daily.
New York Comptroller Website Tracks COVID-19 Spending
New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has launched a new online tool to help residents keep tabs on how federal COVID-19 recovery money is being spent.
Northern Tier Pennsylvania COVID Cases Continue to Spike
A weekly update of coronavirus pandemic numbers from the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania shows a continued surge in new cases of COVID-19 and additional deaths.