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COVID-19 rapid testing site in Waverly this week

WAVERLY — Valley residents will have access to rapid COVID-19 testing this week thanks to a partnership between the Tioga County Public Health Department, Tioga County Legislative Chair Martha Sauerbrey, Guthrie, the Village of Waverly and the New York State Department of Health.

The testing site will be at the Waverly Village Hall at 32 Ithaca St, Waverly, NY 14892 on these dates:

  • Wednesday, October 21 from noon – 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 22 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Friday, October 23 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

“You MUST pre-register! Please visit covid19.tiogacountyny.com or the Tioga County Public Health Facebook page for the electronic registration link or call us at 607-687-8600,” a press release said. “Please plan to report at your scheduled time to help with running the clinic as efficiently as possible. Testing is free and does not require a doctor’s order. You do not need to be a resident of Tioga County to register for this testing location.”

When people arrive at the site, they are asked to wait for further direction from staff before entering the building. Masks are required to be worn once you exit your vehicle and must be worn at all times while inside the building, according to the press release.

“Testing for COVID-19 leads to quick identification of cases and immediate isolation of the person to prevent further spread in our community. Confirmed cases and close contacts to positive cases are quarantined to further reduce spread,” the press release said. “Testing is a vital tool for public health officials to monitor the COVID-19 infection rate and to identify asymptomatic carriers in the community. Those with general COVID-19 question may call Tioga County Public Health at 607-687-8623.”

Tioga County reports 29th death connected to COVID-19

OWEGO — Tioga County has now had 29 residents pass away due to complications from COVID-19 after reporting another death on Monday.

“Tioga County Chairwoman Martha Sauerbrey regrets to inform you of the loss of another life related to COVID-19. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the loss of their loved one,” a press release from Sauerbrey said.

Tioga County has added 32 new cases of the coronavirus since Friday. There have now been 460 confirmed cases in the county.

There are currently 144 active COVID cases in the county, which also reported that there have been 287 recoveries and 437 individuals are in mandatory quarantine.

The Waverly Central School District closed Elm Street Elementary School to in-person instruction on Monday due to possible exposure to a person who tested positive for COVID-19. The school will be back open today, according to a statement on the school district app by Superintendent Dr. Eric Knolles.

“Elm Street School will be open to all students tomorrow, Tuesday (Oct. 20). We went to remote today because had some school employees who had contact with a positive COVID-19 case late last week,” Knolles said. “The health department has put several of our folks on precautionary quarantine. They have not tested positive but we are taking no chances. We have arranged for substitutes and our teachers will be team teaching virtually. This will be a good test for our systems as we move forward. I want to commend you all on your flexibility and cooperation.”

“I want to inform you that the schools are now working with the Department of Health to increase the speed of contract tracing as well as informing staff and students of positive COVID-19 exposures. Please continue to watch our children for symptoms, emphasize hand washing, social distance and masks and communicate any concerns to our schools,” Knolles added.

Chemung County passed an unfortunate milestone on Monday as there have now been over 1,000 recorded cases of the coronavirus in the county.

The county reported 90 new cases on Monday, which puts the total number of virus cases at 1,029.

There are currently 151 active cases, while 868 county residents have recovered and 23 people are hospitalized as they fight the virus.

Chemung County has had nine individuals die from complications of the virus.

Bradford County reports two deaths related to virus

TOWANDA — The number of deaths connected to the COVID-19 virus in Bradford County climbed to eight over the weekend, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Bradford County also added 49 new cases of the coronavirus since Friday. There have now been 446 confirmed cases of COVID since March, including more than 300 added since Sept. 1.

There are also 36 cases that are considered probable in the county.

The Sayre ZIP Code (18840) has the most cases in the county with 96. Athens now has 29 confirmed cases, while Gillett also has 29 and Columbia Cross Roads has 25.

Ulster also has 25 confirmed cases and Milan has seven cases.

In other parts of the county, Troy has had 88 confirmed cases. Towanda is up to 41 cases and Canton is now at 40.