(WBNG) – More than 1,000 residents of Broome County are in quarantine after a large increase in the number of people tested positive for COVID-19.
According to Broome County Executive Director Jason Garnar, most of these cases are between the ages of 30 and 60, with an average age of 39. Garnar stressed that only 21 cases were students at Binghamton University.
As of Wednesday, there are 193 active cases.
Garnar says most of the cases involve bars and restaurants in western Binghamton. The district health department released several public health statements in the last few days in respect of cases arising from these places.
Starting Monday, Broome County guards will join police and fire services at bars and restaurants.
The announcement reflects a statement by Binghamton Mayor Rich David on Wednesday saying Binghamton police and fire services would do so. increase virus checkpoints in the city.
If the situation does not improve, Garnar says the state has the opportunity to close schools and businesses. He warned that this would “kill”
Garnar urged people to go out in small groups and continue wearing masks.