(WBNG) – More than 1,000 Broome County residents are in quarantine following a sharp increase in the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19.
According to Broome County Executive Jason Garnar, most of these cases are people between the ages of 30 and 60 with an average age of 39. Garnar pointed out that only 21 cases are students of Binghamton University.
As of Wednesday, there are 193 active cases.
Garnar says most of the cases are related to the bars and restaurants in west Binghamton. County Health Department Released several public health statements in recent days as regards the tat cases originated from these locations.
Starting Monday, Broome County Security will join police and firefighters in controlling the occupation of bars and restaurants.
This announcement echoes Wednesday̵
If the situation does not improve, Garnar says there is a possibility that the state will close schools and businesses. He warned that this will “kill” the economy.
Garnar asked people to go out in small groups and continue wearing masks.