Broome County Executive Jason Garnar is joining health officials around the state and nation in voicing concerns about Super Sunday becoming a super-spreader for the coronavirus.

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Garnar says he expects an uptick in cases of COVID-19 following the Superbowl as people ignore advice to limit their viewing to only the members of their immediate households and to skip traditional parties in homes and at bars.

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In other sports news, the Democrat says the bad weather this week threw a curveball at plans to restart higher risk high school sports in the region but just about every school district has submitted a plan for playing basketball, football, volleyball and other sports at higher risk for the spread of the coronavirus.  No fans will be allowed at the competitions and a number of protocols have been outlined in plans submitted to the county by the school districts.

Garnar says in spite of the weather and school cancelations this week, he believes many programs began practice for the first time since last spring.

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association however, on February 3 canceled championship games for the spring.

Now that more sports are approved to resume, Broome County’s Executive is repeating his call for New York State to look at the arts in the public schools with the possibility of resuming school concerts, plays and other activities which he says are equally important in children’s development and well-being as athletics.

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