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.
Outdoor Seating Allowed, but Are People Ready for Indoor Dining?
Restaurants in the Southern Tier began outdoor seating service at their establishments today. A new survey asked people if they would eat inside if they could.
Broome Distributes Free Masks, Closes Donation Site
Broome County is holding another distribution of cloth masks for residents who need required face coverings.
Majority of Broome COVID-19 Deaths Are in Nursing Homes
Of the 44 deaths from coronavirus in Broome County, three-quarters of those are confirmed or presumed in nursing homes.
Outdoor Dining Approved for Southern Tier Restaurants
Restaurants in several regions of upstate New York are being allowed to provide outdoor seating for customers following the COVID-19 dining ban.