“We’re really focusing on hand washing, not coughing on other people, not coughing into your hand and then shaking hands with other folks, so really a lot of personal responsibility,” said Buyck. District officials say they are maintaining close contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the New York State Department of Health, the New York State Education Department, and the Broome County Health Department. While there are zero cases of the virus in the Southern Tier, school district officials are encouraging parents to be extremely vigilant when monitoring their child’s health. “We really want to make sure the same information is getting out to everyone, and there’s no misinformation being sent out to the community and causing undue stress,” said Broome-Tioga BOCES District Superintendent Allen Buyck. TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) — With health officials calling the spread of the Coronavirus inevitable, school districts across the Southern Tier are partnering together to put preventative measures in place. “We’ve gone through some of these things before, there have been other serious viruses that have gone through, and I think we stay consistent, we can head this off and at some point there will be a vaccine for this,” said Buyck. Desks, lockers, restrooms, water fountains, and hundreds of students are all places where germs can easily spread. “Monitor your children, encourage them to do all the same things like washing your hands all the time and I think we’ll all be fine if we could all follow these practices,” said Buyck. District officials say this isn’t the first time an epidemic has hit schools. This time, they’re preparing sooner rather than later.
(WBNG/CNY CENTRAL)- Many airports are now receiving funding through the CARES Act relief law including a few in New York State. The Syracuse Hancock International Airport is getting $12,921,402 with a provision included that requires the airport to retain 90% of its workforce through the end of this year. Syracuse is receiving the same amount as Rochester, but less than Albany which is getting $15,277,876 and Buffalo will be getting $21,647,814. The Greater Binghamton Airport will receive $1,356,057. For more on the coronavirus click here. This article has been updated to reflect the amount of funding the Greater Binghamton Airport will receive. The Federal Aviation Administration has set out guidelines to airports that include the need of additional documentation should the airport wish to use the funds for airport development projects that do no have a direct connection to COVID-19. The CARES Act relief law will send money to airports to help offset the costs of the coronavirus. Some of the funds will go towards cleaning, extra staffing, as well as general operations, debt service and payroll. Some of the New York airports that are receiving the funds include the Greater Binghamton Airport, Syracuse Hancock International Airport, the Greater Rochester International Airport, the Albany International Airport and the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
The police department says the New York State Police Forensic Identification unit is assisting with the investigation. No arrests were announced. The female was hurt in the robbery and is being treated at the hospital for a head injury, police say. WAVERLY (WBNG) — Officers in Waverly are investigating an armed home invasion that occurred on Chemung Street Thursday afternoon. The Waverly Police Department says three males armed with handguns forced their way inside the home of an elderly resident and one female. Police say the intruders demanded and stole money from the residence.