Town of Owego officials say flags are flying at full staff again after Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered on April 8 of last year that flags be lowered in honor of COVID victims across the state.

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Town officials say while they continue to recognize the frustration and pain of the pandemic, the Town feels it’s time to look forward and continue to work toward ridding the pandemic’s hold on daily life.

Officials say they were raising the flags to full staff starting April 6 “in recognition of the work completed so far.” A statement from the Town says: “We will not forget those we have lost and we continue to honor those we may still lose.”

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As of the April 6 update, Tioga County had lost 72 residents to the pandemic.  There have been 3,295 coronavirus cases recorded in the county since the start of the pandemic. 19 cases were added to the tally April 6.

Elsewhere around the Southern Tier, Chenango County reported three additional deaths in the April 6 update for a total of 68 deaths.  There were 14 new cases for a pandemic total of 2,893.  Delaware County added 16 cases for a total of2,064 and 46 deaths.  Cortland County added just four cases for a total of 4,087. There have been 62 deaths.  Broome County reported 43 new cases April 6 for a total of 16,400 cases.  There have been 330 lives lost to the pandemic in Broome.

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