Southern part counties add to COVID death toll
Most Southern Tier counties with regular updates since the coronavirus outbreak began have reported new deaths related to the COVID-19 pandemic in the past few days.
On Thursday, August 4, Broome, Chenango and Tioga each reported another death while, on Friday, August 5, the total number of cases in Delaware County since the start of the pandemic passed the 9,000 mark.
Earlier in the week, Broome County recorded an additional death on Monday August 1. Cortland, Delaware and Tioga each added one death in the Tuesday August 2 report while the Thursday August 4 update again added to the death toll in Broome, Chenango and Tioga counties.
Broome has now lost 537 residents, Chenango 125, Cortland 127, Delaware 82 and Tioga 88.
More contagious variants, pandemic fatigue and people still resistant to vaccination are all thought to contribute to more hospitalizations and deaths.
Counties regularly tracked in Twin Tiers updates are Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, and Tioga counties in the southern portion and Bradford, Susquehanna, and Wayne counties in the northern portion of Pennsylvania.
In the Tuesday, Aug. 2 update from the Northern Level of Pennsylvania, Bradford County noted a total of 17,470 cases since the start of the pandemic in 2020 and 214 deaths. Susquehanna County was at 8,737 cases and 116 deaths and Wayne County was at 11,242 cases and 177 deaths.
Health officials are encouraging people to stay home when sick. If they test positive for COVID, notify their health department and follow the guidelines for isolation from others. Everyone should be up to date on their vaccines and booster shots to reduce the risk of serious illness.