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Broome County sees COVID positivity rate drop to 8%

Published: Jan. 27, 2022 at 5:23 PM EST
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(WBNG) -- Broome County Executive Jason Garnar displayed optimism in Thursday’s COVID-19 briefing about the recent strides the county has made in its fight against the virus.

According to county officials, the positivity rate has dropped to 8%, which is lower than New York State’s positivity rate, but still higher than where Broome County was a year ago at this time. Executive Garnar believes staying on this trajectory will require the continued use of wearing a mask, getting vaccinated and testing.

The county plans on expanding its availability of rapid tests, specifically at the Broome County Health Department.

“We will be accepting walk-ins at the county rapid testing site,” Garnar told 12 News. “Appointments will continue to get first preference but we will take as many walk-ins as we are able to.”

Certain population groups will also continue receiving additional access to testing, according to Garnar.

“Emergency Services is getting tests in the hands of our seniors through the Meals on Wheels and Foster Grandparent programs and is coordinating distribution for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, the Binghamton Housing Authority, some of our local shelters as well as first responders,” he said.

Officials at the Broome County Health Department stressed that if you test positive make sure to complete the case investigation through the portal on the county’s website.

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