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.
Canada Announces Border Will Open to Fully Vaccinated Americans
The Canadian border will open to fully vaccinated Americans in August but with a few stipulations and some mandatory requirements.
Southern Tier County & NYS COVID Numbers Disparities Challenge Tracking
There is a disparity between the COVID numbers reported by local health departments and the figures found on the New York State website.
Relatively Few Vaccinated New Yorkers Are Getting COVID
State Department of Health officials tell The Associated Press that only a tiny fraction of those new cases are so-called outbreaks in vaccinated New Yorkers.
Broome Reports Weekly COVID Numbers & Vaccination Schedule
Broome County is reporting 26 new COVID 19 cases for the week.
New York New Single Day COVID Infections Back Over 1,000
New York State’s COVID-19 infection rate is now back over one percent on a rolling, seven-day average.
Push for NYS Nursing Home Restrictions to Lift/ COVID Infections Rise
Lawmakers are demanding that Governor Andrew Cuomo lift remaining restrictions for visits at nursing homes.
B.C. Transit Bus-Turned-COVID Test Lab Wins Innovation Award
Broome County’s Health Department is being recognized for its creativity in dealing with the early days of the coronavirus pandemic.
Some NYS COVID Vaccination Sites Close, Local Clinics Step Up
Four COVID mass vaccination sites in New York state are closing after administering their last shots on July 19.
Poison’s Rikki Rockett Has COVID Despite Being ‘Fully Vaccinated’
Drummer believes things "could have been a lot worse" had he not been inoculated.
COVID Infections and Vaccination Rates Increase in New York
As vaccination rates in New York state slowly rise, the Empire State is also recording an uptick in COVID-19 cases.