Why experts say the rush for medical supplies is unnecessary right now

first_img“The Surgeon General just made an announcement last week, really stressing that only sick individuals need to wear masks… we do not need to wear them just for general purposes,” explained Kaufman. In the meantime, Kaufman says it’s best to remain calm while staying prepared for any situation. However, Broome County health experts say this rush isn’t entirely necessary just yet, as the scare hasn’t been too alarming in the area. “We’ve been getting some supplies like masks and hand sanitizers and some rubbing alcohol and people are still buying it and it’s been on and off coming in,” said Apalachin Pharmacy owner, Jay Lalkyia. The Apalachin Pharmacy says it’s trying to keep up with the demand of medical supplies like face masks, hand sanitizer, and medicine as those products are flying off the shelves. Director of Public Health, Rebecca Kaufman, says it’s often better to use the cheaper option of simple soap and water, rather than spending a lot of money on hand sanitizer. She has similar things to say about face masks, adding it’s only necessary for the people who are currently ill. (WBNG) — As people rush to local stores to get medical supplies like face masks and hand sanitizer amid Coronavirus concerns, Broome County Health Department is saying not to rush in a panic yet.last_img read more

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Cuomo announced plan for COVID-related illness in children

first_imgAdditionally, Governor Cuomo announced the preliminary results of the antibody testing survey of more than 1,300 transit workers in New York City. He said 14.2% have the antibodies compared to 19.9% of the general population in New York City. (WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Saturday that the state is helping to develop national criteria for identifying the COVID-related illness found in children. Cuomo said there have been 73 reported cases in school-aged children. He said the symptoms the individuals have experienced are similar to Kawasaki disease and toxic shock-like syndrome. Cuomo said this could be due to the coronavirus. Here is a list of symptoms to look out for: Governor Cuomo announced the results of the state’s diagnostic and antibody testing surveys. He said the results show that communities of low-income and minority are suffering the most.  For more coronavirus coverage, click here.center_img Governor Cuomo also said this illness has taken three lives, including a 5-year-old in New York City, a 7-year-old in Westchester County and a teenager in Suffolk County.  Cuomo also announced a partnership with Northwell Health to expand access to coronavirus testing for low-income communities and communities of color. He said they will create 24 temporary testing sites at churches in minority communities in downstate New York. Prolonged fever (more than five days)Difficulty feeding (infants) or is too sick to drink fluidsSevere abdominal pain, diarrhea or vomitingChange in skin color – becoming pale, patchy and/or blueTrouble breathing or is breathing very quicklyRacing heart or chest painDecreased amount of frequency in urineLethargy, irritability or confusion Governor Cuomo said as per the CDC’s request, the state is helping in response efforts for this COVID-related illness. He said the state health department is working with the NY Genome Center and Rockefeller University to conduct a genome and RNA sequencing study to help in understanding this illness in children.last_img read more

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Local restaurants feel the heat of recent Maines Paper and Food Service decline

first_imgShe is now working to fill the void Maines left, but said other vendors don’t have what she needs. However, she hopes it doesn’t hurt her clientele. Co-owner of Lupo’s, Steve Lupo, has been using the company for more than 40 years for products ranging from steak to produce. “There were times we bought seventy percent of our products from them,” Lupo explained Wednesday. So now he says, “I’ll be using another vendor, and I’ll have to watch pricing, we used Maines because of their quality and because their pricing was always fair, so we’re going to have to go to other vendors, maybe expect some shortages.” Not the only one feeling the impact, Chroma Cafe and Bakery in Binghamton is dealing with the same change. Looking to the future when things return to normal, Lupo predicts, “You’re going to have big pushes and bigger shortages probably because you’re going to have how many restaurants in each area, opening up, trying to open up immediately.” Lindsey Cummings saying, “We’re going to try and see if we can make it through.” Also, the loss of the supplier is hurting her wallet because she said the prices were so affordable. Also a fan of the quality and prices, owner Gerilyn Lindsey-Cummings says, “It’s going to be hard to find those things in other places.” After all those years, however, Lupo received a call from his Maines salesman this week. “Our customers are used to a certain product and a certain standard and if we have to alter that in some way, I just don’t want our customers to be disappointed,” explained Lindsey-Cummings. (WBNG) — Restaurants across the Southern Tier that relied on Maines Paper and Food Service for products now struggle to fill a major void amid the company’s shutdown of service. It’s a change that isn’t helping the already dire, local restaurant situation. “He no longer has his job because Maines is no longer operating their distribution center to restaurants,” said Lupo.last_img read more

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Southern Tier on track for phase 2 of reopening

first_imgIn total, 448 cases of the virus have been reported. Garnar says he expects to hear more from the state about moving onto the second phase early next week. (WBNG) — Broome County Executive Jason Garnar says the region is on pace to advance into phase two of reopening. For a map detailing where cases are located in the county, click here. Broome County May 21 coronavirus update: As of May 21, Garnar says about 100 businesses in Broome County are operating. Phase two: Coronavirus numbers: There are 86 active cases of the coronavirus in Broome County. 32 people died from the virus and 330 people have recovered. Garnar says the county continues to meet the criteria to remain open and move onto the next reopening stage. He says the county is doing better now than when phase one began. A chart detailing how the Southern Tier is performing can be found by clicking here.last_img read more

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The fate of LUMA hangs in the balance

first_imgA number of sponsors who had initially made commitments to LUMA 2020 are no longer able to fulfill them due to COVID-19, Bernard said, with the most significant funder telling them just yesterday. (WBNG) — The organizers of LUMA 2020 delivered sad news to the community earlier today. Stay with 12 News on air and online as we continue to follow this developing story. Bernard telling disappointed fans that the team has been working for months on a series of exciting features that would replace the normal version of LUMA this year but now, he says it appears likely they won’t be able to move forward. Bernard went on to say that because of commitments they already made and how much progress they’ve been able to make in their current projects, the financial realities may end LUMA for the foreseeable future.center_img Even with the bad news, LUMA organizers are still looking for solutions to bring the event back in the future. Bernard call LUMA’s past five years “spectacular” and that they “had even more spectacular things in the pipeline. But reality doesn’t always cooperate with the dream.” In a Facebook post, organizer Joshua Bernard saying they hoped to be announcing the first digital-version of LUMA 2020 by now but instead the troubles are worse than that.last_img read more

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Double Dempsey: Bearcats bring coach’s son home

first_img“Like” Nicole Menner on Facebook and “Follow” her on Twitter. Dempsey Jr. is transferring to Binghamton University to play under his dad coach Tommy Dempsey, leaving Providence College where he played his freshman season as a preferred walk-on. This marks the first time coach Dempsey will coach his son. Eventually he got on board. Dempsey Jr. has kept a close relationship with the Bearcats over the years, which led him to make the move back to his hometown. “I was a little bit apprehensive to be honest,” he said. “He had such a good situation at Providence and I really needed him to convince me why this was going to be a better situation for him and his future.” “I kind of felt like the last seven years or so I’ve been a part of it,” said Dempsey Jr. “But now to really be a part of it officially is just something I’ve always wanted to do.” “Even his whole time away he stayed so connected,” said coach Dempsey. “He watched every game, sending me texts he was so connected to it. This is just what he really, really wanted.” Dempsey Jr. will join his former Seton teammate Leo Gallagher and his former AAU teammate George Tinsley. center_img “I don’t think it will be too difficult. It’s kind of natural,” said Dempsey Jr. While the Dempsey’s new dynamic may take some getting used to, both aren’t too worried about the adjustment. “The most important thing for him is to just be one of the guys and I’ll treat him as one of the guys,” said coach Dempsey. “Being very familiar with the program obviously and you add those two guys, it makes it even more exciting,” he said. VESTAL (WBNG) — The Binghamton men’s basketball roster is finalized for the 2020-21 season, and former Seton Catholic standout Tommy Dempsey Jr. will be joining his dad’s team. “I’ve always been in the stands or the outfield or the endzone letting him be coached and doing his own thing, so this will really be the first time,” said coach Dempsey. Coach Dempsey said the move took some convincing. last_img read more

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2 arrested, drugs recovered following Delhi police raid

first_imgPolice say both were arraigned in court and were released. Additionally, 22-year-old Connor A. Guiseppone of Delhi was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 5th degree; a class D felony, and four counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree, a class A misdemeanor. (WBNG) — Authorities in the Village of Delhi arrested two people following a drug-search warrant on Main Street. 20-year-old Alana L. Blaustein of Delhi was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 4th degree; a class C felony, three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree; a class A misdemeanor, and criminal possession of marijuana in the 4th degree; a class A misdemeanor. According to a news release, police seized cannabis, THC laced edibles, LSD laced marijuana, LSD, cocaine, marijuana, diverted pharmaceuticals; materials used in processing, packaging and sale of illicit drugs.last_img read more

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You’ve been flocked! Plastic flamingos planted on lawns to promote togetherness during pandemic

first_imgMember Tijana Zarick was recently flocked by a fellow member. While she has a major fear of birds, when she found out what the flocking was all about, she was happy to know others were thinking of her during this tough time. Once you’re flocked, the expectation is you then flock someone else to keep the chain going. Even though classes are now being held in-person again, the flocking has continued as members return. Zarick said she’s a little hesitant to do so due to her bird fear, but hopefully the birds on her lawn will migrate to another one sometime soon. “I love it, it reminds me that they’re thinking of me and it shows a sense of activity and community,” said Zarick. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Members of the JAM fitness community, a workout studio in Vestal, are taking turns placing bunches of fake flamingos on each other’s lawns to provide support through the pandemic. It started as a way to stay connected to other members when classes couldn’t be held in person due to the pandemic.last_img read more

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Gov. Cuomo: New protocol exempts some travelers to NYS from mandatory 14 day quarantine

first_imgTravelers must also get tested on day 4 of their arrival in NYS. If they test negative for the coronavirus, they will not have to continue to quarantine for 14 days as was expected. According to Governor Cuomo, travelers to New York who were in another state for more than 24 hours must be tested 3 days before landing in the state and must quarantine for at least 3 days upon their arrival. Officials say local health departments will validate the tests and will issue isolation orders if necessary. NEW YORK (WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today new guidelines that will allow some out of state travelers to test out of the mandatory 14 day quarantine when traveling to New York State. All travelers must continue to fill out the traveler information form upon arrival to NYS to allow the state to continue contact tracing efforts. The new protocol will take effect Wednesday, November 4th. Travelers in another state for less than 24 hours will need to fill out a traveler information form upon entry to NYS and take a COVID test 4 days after their arrival. Travelers who were in another state for less than 24 hours do not need a test prior to their departure from the other state and will not need to quarantine upon arrival. Governor Cuomo says travelers to New York from bordering states are exempt from the advisory, as well as essential workers. last_img read more

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