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.
Maine-Endwell Halts Special Ed Program Due to COVID-19 Case
A Maine-Endwell School District summer special education class is on hold after the confirmation of a COVID-19 case involving a person enrolled in the program.
New York Lawmaker Wants to Legalize Drinking Alcohol in Public
A state lawmaker wants New York's open container laws repealed for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Coronavirus Exposure Alert Issued For McGirks's Irish Pub
County officials have listed two dates as times people who visited an irish pub in the town of Chenango may have been exposed to COVID-19.
No Spiedie Fest This Weekend, What You Can Do Instead
This weekend would have been the 36th annual Spiedie Fest and Balloon Rally at Otsiningo Park in Binghamton, so what to do this weekend?
FDA Expands List of Potentially Deadly Hand Sanitizers
The FDA's list of hand sanitizers that consumers should run from has reached nine pages long and includes more than 80 brands that could be deadly if used.
Help Save a Neighbor’s Life by Donating Blood Today in Binghamton
If you're healthy and have about half an hour to spare today, you're invited to make a blood donation that could help save the life of a fellow neighbor.
Person With COVID-19 Visited Men's Wearhouse, Health Dept. Says
You'll want to be on the lookout for symptoms if you went to the Men's Wearhouse store in Vestal recently.