Tioga Public Health updates latest COVID-19 status

OWEGO — Tioga County Public Health continues to monitor COVID-19 cases, release updated guidance as it becomes
available, and plan for the fall and winter seasons. We want to stress that COVID-19 is still out there, and there
are many different variants that are circulating – Delta, Columbian, Lambda, etc. As of August 1st, Tioga County
has seen 18 new cases in the last 7 days.

We are recommending anyone 12 years of age and older get vaccinated now before schools go back in session.
You can find vaccine locations at vaccines.gov. The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for individuals 12 years of age and
older, while Moderna and Johnson & Johnson-Janssen vaccines are authorized for individuals 18 years of age and
older. Currently, vaccination is the best tool we have for preventing further transmission of COVID-19, a surge in
cases, and hospitalizations.

In addition to getting vaccinated, it’s important to wash your hands frequently, practice social distancing, taking
care of yourself and your family (i.e., eating healthy, exercising, getting a good nights sleep, managing stress,
etc.), and wearing masks when appropriate. The CDC recommends that masks be worn indoors in places with
high COVID-19 transmission rates, regardless of vaccination status. Information on transmission rates for Tioga
County, as well as the rest of the United States can be found at https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-
tracker/#county-view.

If you have been in contact with someone that has tested positive for COVID-19, or you are feeling ill yourself,
please stay home and speak with your health care provider. If you feel you need to be tested, contact your
health care provider or local pharmacy to determine if they provide testing.

For more information, please follow our Facebook (@Tioga County Public Health), or check our website:
ph.tiogacountyny.com