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Tioga County Public Health: COVID-19 increasing again; 24 new cases a day

(Owego, NY) – COVID-19 cases are once again on the rise in Tioga County. Over the past two weeks, Tioga County has been averaging 24 new cases of COVID-19 each day, and as of Tuesday, April 26, 2022, Tioga County currently has 105 confirmed active cases of COVID-19. These numbers do not include those who have tested positive with an at-home test, leaving uncertainity about how many active cases are truly circulating around the community. Although cases may seem high, of more importance, COVID-19 hospitalizations remain low during this time, as
do the number of severe cases.

Tioga County Public Health continues to monitor hospitalizations and severe infections from COVID-19, which gives a better indication of how COVID-19 is affectin the community. Making sure you and your family are up-to-date on the COVID-19 vaccination can help protect you against severe illness and hospitalization:
 COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series: May be given to all individuals ages 5 and up
 1st Booster Shot: May be given to those 12 years and older who completed their COVID-19 vaccine primary series at least 3 months ago
 2nd Booster Shot: Is recommended for adults over the age of 50, people ages 12 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised, and people who received 2 doses (1 primary and 1 booster dose) of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have learned ways to mitigate the spread of the virus with extra precautions during this time like wearing a mask and avoiding crowded places where it is more difficult to socially distance from others. Additional prevention measures include washing your hands often, disinfecting frequently touched objects, and focusing on other important health factors like getting plenty of sleep, making healthy food choices, and staying physically active.

If you are not feeling well and are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please get tested for COVID-19 through your primary care provider or use an at-home test kit. Contact your primary care provider within the first few days of developing symptoms or testing positive for the virus to discuss whether treatment options are right for you.