The number of positive tests for the coronavirus in Southern Tier communities continues to grow in double-digit leaps.

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Broome County September 29 reported 44 new cases while Cortland reported 12 additions and Tioga County added 14.   

Broome now reports1,527 cases and 82 deaths since the start of the pandemic in March.  Chenango County added two cases September 28 for a total of 251 and 7 deaths.  Cortland County’s 12 new cases brings the total to 237 and 1 fatality. Delaware was unchanged at 270 and 7 deaths while Tioga County’s 14 new cases brings the total to 264 while the death toll remains at 25. 

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says rapid-testing machines are being set to hot-spot zip codes with increased infection rates of five percent or more.  Broome County’s new rate was four percent.  The state reported September 29 that the hotspot zip code in Broome was 13760 in Endicott whereas the previous day the zip code with high infection rates was said to be 13905 in Binghamton and the Town of Chenango. 

New York State September 29 also reported a huge increase in infections with 1,189 new cases but only two deaths.  Most of those new infections are downstate where Cuomo has said he would send testing equipment and would meet with members of the Orthodox Jewish Communities in those zip codes showing the largest spikes to stress the importance of wearing masks and social distancing. 

The Governor also took local authorities to task for not enforcing the mask wearing and gathering size limit regulations.