On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, first identified in Wuhan China. The new name of this disease is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV”. There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused be a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. The name of this disease was selected following the World Health Organization (WHO) best practice for naming of new human infectious diseases.
COVID Testing Resumes Following Snow/ Holiday Pause
Testing for COVID-19 and vaccinations are getting back on track in the region following a delay from snow and the Doctor Martin Luther King Junior Holiday.
Residents Urged to Keep Guard Up as COVID Numbers Fall
While numbers are showing some improvement, health officials are warning residents not to let their guard down and that includes proper masking.
How To Use An At-Home COVID Test & Report Results In The Southern
So, if your Covid-19 at-home test kit gives you a positive result, what's next?
COVID-19 Contact Tracing is No Longer Required in New York State
Health Commissioner Mary Bassett says there will no longer be contact tracing required of local health departments in order to focus on vaccination and testing.
Chenango Schedules an Early Morning Shot in the Arm
Chenango County’s Health Department has scheduled a Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson booster clinic Friday that may be more convenient for people going to work.
Broome County Executive Garnar Tests Positive for COVID
Add Broome County Executive Jason Garnar to the list of break-through COVID cases.
COVID Numbers Reach Astronomical Levels in Southern Tier & NYS
New York State’s numbers of new cases of COVID-19 continue to take astronomical jumps.