New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state will deploy COVID-19 rapid result testing kits to every county.

400,000 test kits will be sent out free to local health departments, hospitals, pharmacies and other health care providers to ramp up identification of coronavirus infections.  

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Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images


Broome County is already operating a rapid test site for people showing symptoms of COVID-19 in the hotspot zone on Binghamton’s West Side. 

Broome has been identified by New York as a hot spot with an infection rate recently at over 3.5%.  That rate has gone down some in updates over the past few days but the county reported 49 new cases on Sunday, October 11 bringing the County total to 2,342 cases since the pandemic started. 

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Binghamton University, which has gone to remote learning to try to contain the spread of the coronavirus had no new cases noted October 11, seven over the past three days and a total of 159 to-date. 

Cortland County also continues to see double-digit increases but has not been put in a yellow, cautionary zone as Broome County has.  Cortland reported 26 additional cases from October 10 for a total of 437.  SUNY Cortland had gone to remote learning due to the uptick in cases. 

Tioga County is struggling to contain its own spike in cases.  Tioga reports 358 cases, up 10 from the October 10 report and up 22 from the report on October 9.  

Chenango County has reported 269 cases, up four from the update on October 9.  Delaware County added one case from October 10 for a total of 132.                         

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