First Coronavirus Cases Confirmed in Tioga and Tompkins Counties
2:40 P.M. UPDATE:
Tioga County is under a state of emergency in the wake of a confirmed coronavirus case, according to a Facebook post by the Tioga County Public Health Department.
The post states that all Tioga County School Districts will be closed until April 14. This includes all extracurricular activities.
Health officials say that there is only one confirmed case in Tioga County at this time, but that they are determining where and who this person may have come in contact with.
Those with questions and concerns are asked to call the NYS Coronavirus Hotline at 888-364-3065, or Tioga County Public Health at 607-687-8623.
As coronavirus testing continues in New York, state officials say Tioga County and Tompkins County each have one confirmed case.
In a Saturday morning briefing, Governor Cuomo announced the total number of positive cases in the state had increased to 524. Most of the cases are in New York City and Westchester County.
As of early Saturday afternoon, the Tioga County health department had released no information about a positive coronavirus case.
The Tompkins County health department reported it was notified by the state of a positive case analyzed at a state lab. The sample was sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmation.
Cuomo revealed that an 82-year-old woman with emphysema had contracted coronavirus and died in a New York City hospital. That is the first death linked to COVID-19 in the state.
The state prison system announced visitation at all New York correctional facilities would be suspended at 5 p.m. Saturday.
During the temporary visitation restriction, inmates will receive five free postage stamps per week. They also will be able to communicate with family and friends through two free secure messages per week through secure tablet and one free phone call per week.
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