At least two residents of a Tioga County nursing home have died of COVID-19 and several others have tested positive for the coronavirus.

In a statement released late Monday, legislative chairwoman Martha Sauerbrey said RiverView Rehabilitation and Nursing in Owego has been identified as a COVID-19 hotspot.

Sauerbrey indicated there had been a "surge" in cases at the nursing home but she did not provide specific information about the number of residents and workers who have tested positive.

County public health director Lisa McCafferty said nursing home staff are being tested on a weekly basis. Residents are being "monitored during the outbreak."

Tioga County government has reported 29 COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began. There were 144 active cases in the county as of Monday.

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