Owego, NY – Tioga County Legislative Chairwoman Martha Sauerbrey on Wednesday reported the following Tioga County COVID-19 statistics as follows:

• Two confirmed cases.

• 72 individuals in mandatory quarantine. These are individuals who have had close contact with someone who has tested positive, but is not displaying symptoms for COVID-19; or individuals that have traveled to China, Iran, Japan, South Korea, or Italy and is displaying symptoms of COVID-19.

• 15 individuals in precautionary quarantine. These are individuals who have traveled to China, Iran, Japan, South Korea, or Italy while COVID-19 was prevalent, but is not displaying symptoms; or is known to have had a proximate exposure to a positive person but has not had direct contact with a positive person and is not displaying symptoms.

• 72 tests are pending.

Chair Sauerbrey reported a self-service kiosk offering applications for SNAP (Food Stamps), Public Assistance, Medicaid and HEAP is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in the vestibule of the Health and Human Services Building on Route 38 in Owego. There is also a drop-box outside the main entrance for customers to leave applications and other required paperwork.

“Tioga County DSS is operational and applications are being processed,” county officials stated. “If you would like to speak to someone about applying for benefits, questions regarding your case or other assistance you require for you and your family during this crisis, you may call 607-687-8300. The phone lines are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; you will be put in touch with the appropriate DSS department. HEAP specific calls can dial 607-687-8428. To apply online, or for additional information on programs available, go to www.MyBenefits.ny.gov.

The NYS Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division provides information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to COVID-19, and its effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Visit https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic for additional information.

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