Most New Broome COVID Infections Linked to B.U. Students
Broome County Executive Jason Garnar says over half of the new coronavirus infections in the county this week continue to come from people age 18 to 24, mainly Binghamton University students.
While the number of infections reported March 9 increased by 70, the number of people currently in the hospital with COVID 19 remains relatively low at 60.
Garnar has said while students are driving the positivity numbers, they are not showing up in local hospitals.
According to the State University of New York COVID Tracker, there were 54 positive tests among Binghamton University students in a three-day rolling average, 183 over seven days for a rolling seven-day positivity rate of 2.35% among students. Five employees tested positive over the week. The total positives at Binghamton University for the seven days was 188 with a seven-day positivity rate of 1.97%.
County health officials say the student infections can’t be traced to a single event and the coronavirus is not apparently being spread in the classroom.