(WBNG) — Coronavirus may be hitting the headlines, but there’s another virus you should be aware of in our own backyard. “So far in Broome County we’ve had 0 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus, but we’ve had almost 3,000 cases of flu this season,” said public health representative with the Broome County Health Department Chelsea Reome-Nedlik. The flu is on the rise. So far this season, the State Department of Health says New York has had 106,824 cases. That’s along with practicing other healthy habits to keep yourself protected from the flu. “The present flu season has been a rather harsh flu season and part of the reason for that is we’ve seen a lot of influenza B this year, which is pretty rare. Typically we see a lot more influenza A,” said Reome-Nedlik. Broome County says it can account for 2,814 cases. Numbers may not be dropping anytime soon. It’s not too late to get your flu shot. “Get adequate sleep if you have time off of school or work due to the holiday, catch up on sleep if you can,” said Reome-Nedlik. “We’re in or around the peak of flu season right now, but that doesn’t mean you should decrease your vigilance,” said Reome-Nedlik. If you’re a child or adult without insurance, the Broome County Health Department can provide a flu vaccine at no cost. Call (607)778-2839 for an appointment. “Be vigilant about washing your hands. If you don’t have soap and water, then use hand sanitizer especially after you’ve been in public places. Also be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, mouth, or face too much with your hands,” said Reome-Nedlik. With some kids off from school this week, it’s important to stay well-rested to avoid getting sick.
For more info, click here. Additionally, Patti wants to remind the community that the safety of residents and staff is their top priority, and they are working hard to follow protocol to prevent the spread. Patti says that they have seen an increase in positive cases among residents and staff, but they all remain quarantined. Patti also says that the Hilltop Assisted Living Facility is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the department of health to help minimize the spread. The Executive Director, Ron Patti sent a letter to 12 News that says the residents who tested positive for COVID-19 are on the west side of the facility. They report that the cases have been confined to that one area of the facility. He says that most of the residents that have the virus are experiencing mild symptoms. He also says they have formed a task force and infection control team to work on the control of the virus. The facility will continue to have their no-visitor policy, but Patti encourages people to stay in touch with their loved ones. 12 News has reached out to the nursing home for further information and is awaiting to hear back. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — The Hilltop Assisted Living Facility sent out a coronavirus update to residents, staff and, family on Thursday. For more coronavirus coverage, click here.
“It was just going to give me a bunch more freedom, I was going to be able to go to work easier and not have to rely on my parents more and just take that next step in my life,” Mann told 12 News. Logan Mann, a sophomore at Newark Valley High School, was scheduled to take his road test on April 1. While the DMV isn’t sure when road tests might be rescheduled, Mihalko wants to remind people there is still a lot you can do by mail. “Either they will have to come pick me up on their lunch or i’ll have to go in early in the morning or they will have to take me when they are done with work,” Man says. “So it’s just a big hassle.” Mann works at Wegmans. He is considered an essential worker. Mann says he has been given no information on when the road test might be rescheduled. All you have to do is go to the DMV’s website where you can find all the forms that can be done by mail. When his road test was postponed, Mann’s ability to make his situation a little easier was also put on hold. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – Drivers tests have been put on hold by New York State due to concerns over the coronavirus. “Like” Jacob Seus on Facebook and “Follow” him on Twitter. He has to rely on his parents to get to and from work. “If you’re renewing a license or registration it can be done by mail,” he says. “I was really bummed out, it shot me down,” Mann says. “If you bought a new vehicle whether you bought it through a dealer or an individual that can also be done by mail,” Mihalko says. He says he hopes the DMV will reopen in at least phase two.
Northern Tioga Center for Family Health at 13293 State Route 38 in Richford Tioga County Rural Ministry at 143 North Ave in Owego “I said this is a great solution because gardeners who have too much produce can easily drop it off 24/7 and people who need it can pick it up 24/7,” she says. “You drop it off in the morning and it’ll be gone in the afternoon.” Over the past few years ‘Harvest Share Tables’ have popped up around Tioga County as an opportunity for farmers to share their extra produce with folks who are in need of a good healthy meal. Creator Barb Neal says the project came about one day when she found herself with too many zucchinis to use herself and wanted to come up with a way to get that extra food to someone who needs it. You can find the tables at places such as Tioga County Rural Ministry as well as the Lions Club in Spencer among other locations. She says the only thing they ask is that people avoid leafy vegetables that could easily wilt in the summer heat. You can find the tables at the following locations: OWEGO (WBNG) — Tioga County Master Gardeners has created a way to get farm fresh fruits and veggies or share them with others, without spending a dime. CommonGround Christian Community Center at 28 West Main Street in Owego. The Lions Club Community Garden at 57 E Tioga Street in Spencer
At the Owego Courthouse, a group of about 40 people gathered for one of these candlelight vigils. The event was organized by Owego for Equality. Irena Horvatt, a member of the group, conducted the vigil’s opening speech, saying, “Chances are, if you are here right now, you know that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an impassioned, powerful advocate for the end of discrimination based on sex and gender. You probably also know that she gained her legal reputation of success by championing the court cases of men who faced unfair treatment due to sex discrimination and that this was something she did in the hopes that it might move other men to one day consider the plight of women who faced the same hardships in court cases down the line.” Horvatt added, “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is gone from us now, but she never slowed down, and neither should we. We can honor her life by keeping her tradition of dissent and civic engagement alive. We can honor her legacy by continuing to care about causes that are important to us, and by making that care actionable in our daily lives.” TIOGA COUNTY, N.Y. (WBNG) — To honor the life and memory of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a number of vigils were held in front of courthouses across the country. Members of Owego for Equality said the group gathered to mourn, share stories, and hold a moment of silence for Justice Ginsburg who died of complications from an ongoing battle with metastatic pancreatic cancer on Friday. Horvatt highlighted Justice Ginsburg’s accomplishments as one of four female Supreme Court Justices in the country’s history, and an empowering figure who “inspired entire generations of women to be civically engaged.”