For a map detailing where cases are located in the county, click here. Nursing home updates: There are 137 cases of the coronavirus in Broome County. 35 people died from the virus and 341 people have recovered. By mid-week, the county says all residents will have been tested twice. If the region is eligible, it will move onto the second phase Friday. Garnar says the region is still on track to move onto phase 2 of reopening despite the increase in confirmed cases. Coronavirus numbers: In total, 513 cases of the virus have been reported. Garnar says three residents died from the virus over Memorial Day Weekend. The total number of residents who died from the virus at Willow Point is five. Additionally, the Bridgewater Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing has been identified as a hotspot for the virus. Broome County May 26 coronavirus update: Garnar says the “spike” in cases is largely due to more available testing. The county says staff are being tested twice a week at Willow Point and all residents have been tested once. (WBNG) — Broome County Executive Jason Garnar announced 27 residents and 17 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 at Willow Point Nursing Home. The county executive says the majority of the active 137 cases in Broome County are nursing home residents. Reopening: 12 News called the nursing home for comment but an administrator could not be reached. He says he expects to hear from the state “soon” about whether the region can move onto the next phase. As of May 26, the nursing home’s website says it does not have any confirmed cases in its facility as of March 12. The New York State Department of Health’s website indicates one person died from the virus at the facility. Residents will be tested more as they develop symptoms.
(WBNG) — Federal leaders are trying to tackle a very local problem here in the Southern Tier. “That internet connection is huge and is unfortunately an obstacle in some of our remote areas,” said Tim Ryan, superintendent of the Bainbridge-Guilford Central School District. Brindisi added the fight for internet access is a big one for rural communities. Officials said this is particularly important as the school year inches near. “This crisis is hurting our economy, our small businesses, our families, and our children,” Rep. Brindisi said. “Shockingly, the Federal Communications Commission doesn’t even know what areas have access to broadband and what areas don’t.” Brindisi said the reason the federal government has such a poor understanding of who has broadband access because of the way they measure it. Currently, if one household in a community has access, the federal government determines the entire community has access, something Brindisi said doesn’t accurately represent community access. The big takeaway is New York’s 22nd congressional district, which stretches from Utica to Binghamton, has the slowest internet in the state. He said it will take action on a local and national level to solve this. Ryan said 15-20 families in his district have inadequate access to broadband. Congressman Anthony Brindisi announced Monday the results of a broadband survey from across the region.
The 49-page document outlines requirements schools will have to follow if districts allow sports to return to their respective areas. (WBNG) — The New York State Public High School Athletic Association released a “Return to Interscholastic Athletics” guidance Friday night. As for high-risk sports, the guidance says practice is limited to skill training with no-to-low contact. Contact may only be incidental, with close, physical-contact activities prohibited. “A mandatory two (2) minute hydration/mask break will be taken at the first dead ball situation after the 20-minute mark. Players must stay on the field during the break and may remove their mask as long as they maintain social distancing.” Mask requirements were not listed for any other sport in the document. The document offers guidance for athletes, coaches, parents and officials and provides health and safety protocols for each party to follow. On Thursday, Oneonta High School and Norwich High School announced they would be pushing back the fall sports season to spring. They are the only Section IV schools to make that decision to date. The document points out school district superintendents can determine whether or not to move forward with the fall season. Sections can determine start and end dates, but the season may not exceed fifteen weeks. The document has a section for each sport, specifically outlining the necessary steps responsible parties will have to take pregame, during competition and following games/matches. The document states the NYSPHSAA is working to clarify which practice activities will be allowed for high-risk sports. As of right now, low-risk/moderate-risk sports are allowed to practice and compete beginning September 21. High-risk sports (volleyball, football and cheerleading) are limited to practice. Regional and state championships will not take place for the fall season, but section championships are permitted. The document indicates soccer players will have to wear masks during games, stating:
In October, movie theaters in the state outside of New York City were allowed to open if the infection rate of the coronavirus in respective counties remained below 2% on a two week average. NEW YORK (WBNG/WHAM) — Just weeks after many movie theaters were given the go-ahead to reopen in New York state, Regal Cinemas has announced it will be temporarily closing down its theaters once again. The theater ensures future plans to reopen in key markets will be shared once more concrete plans are offered from those markets. Regal says it will continue to monitor the situation closely with public health officials. Now, Regal announced it is closing down theaters in NY state and California until the end of the day on Thursday until the public health and operational environment allows what the company calls “a full release slate” to resume. For more information, click here.
If a water sample test comes back and shows the water is not clean enough for human consumption, the advisory will be extended. Falsetta told 12 News the advisory will be in place for a minimum of 3 days. According to Village Clerk Phyllis Falsetta, the water main break is in front of the McDonalds on West Main St. and traffic has been reduced to one lane to allow crews to space to work on repairing the damage. VILLAGE OF HANCOCK (WBNG) — A water main break has caused a boil water advisory to be in effect for some parts of Hancock. The break has caused a boil water advisory for any businesses or residences on West Main St. from Pennsylvania Ave. to Sands Creek Rd. in Hancock. Stay with 12 News for updates as they come.