first_img“In this day and age there’s lots of things that happen political unrest, the situation with the Coronavirus but travel insurance is a must,” said Mark Webster of Plaza and Sawtelle Travel. “What is causing the new concern is that we are seeing sustained spread outside of China,” said Marrianne Yourdon, Public Health Nurse specializing in communicable diseases at The Broome County Health Department. Health officials stress that despite the recent spread of the virus systems are in place to keep you safe. Yourdon telling 12 News that South Korea has been elevated to a level three advisory meaning that all unnecessary travel is off limits. One local travel agent recommends that if you do plan to travel overseas to any country, make sure you are prepared. “The CDC has recommended you may want to reconsider going on a cruise ship that’s docked in or around Asia,” Yourdon said. Health officials are also recommending that people avoid certain trips. “South Korea is especially concerning because they are now at a travel alert level three which is the same level as China,” she said. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Broome County Health Department is urging everyone to avoid unnecessary travel to any of the countries currently placed under a travel advisory by the CDC due to the Coronavirus. “The County Health Department, the CDC we’re all involved in a process of monitoring for two weeks anyone that comes home from those areas,” Yourdon said. Health officials remind everyone that this is an evolving situation so continue to check the CDC website regularly for updated information.last_img read more

first_img“Our resources are mostly going down to New York City, currently, since they have a lot of cases down there,” said Polhamus. While staffing is being drained, so are supplies. But the Southern Tier is stepping in to help. For more on the coronavirus, click here. The Union Volunteer Emergency Squad says two of its workers are out on quarantine because of COVID-19 exposure. Another is out while experiencing symptoms. Now when responding to a scene, EMS workers are taking extra precautions. If you have any personal protection equipment to donate, call the station at (607)754-3414. It all starts at the dispatch center. The Union Volunteer Emergency Squad is specifically looking for N95 masks, gowns, gloves, and eyewear. “While we’re all out on the front lines, the least you can do is just stay home,” said Polhamus. “Our community has donated a ton of surgical masks, they are making them and donating them, which we cannot thank them enough, as well as donations of food have been coming in to our station,” said Polhamus. Since the coronavirus outbreak hit the Southern Tier, EMTs have had to make changes to their routines. So while EMT workers are out saving lives everyday, do your part to help save theirs. “When they call 9-1-1, it would be imperative for them to tell the dispatcher they’re experiencing flu-like symptoms or if they have been exposed to the coronavirus, whether if they have or their family member has,” said Union Volunteer Emergency Squad deputy director Amy Polhamus. (WBNG) — First responders put their lives on the line every day. But now is an unprecedented time, even for them. “So now we’re already down three employees and we’re working to fill those holes as well as trying to take care of our mental aspect of our providers,” said Polhamus. “Before we used to just put on gloves and safety glasses, now we’re putting on surgical masks, gloves,” said Polhamus.last_img read more

first_imgIf the temperatures drop before the buds can bloom, this year’s harvest won’t look the same. For apples, farmers say they are a delicate fruit to grow, and this weekend’s weather could severely damage this year’s crop. Johnson says Apple Hills grows other fruit besides apples. Blueberries, Johnson says is a hardier crop, and should be ready to pick in July. Johnson says his apples are at a critical time for growth. Any drastic changes in temperature can be devastating. “We are at the stage just before bloom, it’s called ‘pink’. If we have another 70 degree day, we’ll have lots of bloom here,” said Johnson. TOWN OF CHENANGO (WBNG) — As cold weather makes its way toward the Southern Tier, local farmers are worried about the climate changes. center_img “If it gets colder than 28 degrees, I’m going to have a little damage. If it gets down to 20 degrees, I’m not going to have a crop,” said Dave Johnson, co-owner and farmer at Apple Hills. In his 40 years of growing apples, Johnson says he’s only seen one year where crops failed. With the pandemic already causing a strain on small businesses, he says losing apples will be another hit. “All of our livelihood as a farmer is ruled by the weather. Sometimes we’re blessed, and sometimes we get a little kick once in awhile,” said Johnson. “Once you get passed bloom, yes, you can have weather events, hail marks, or whatever on your apples, but you have apples. Right now is when you can wind up with nothing,” said Johnson. last_img read more

first_imgThe project is expected to begin in early 2021, and expected to be complete by the end of that year. The center, which will feature a gymnasium, community rooms, offices and more, will be worked on in conjunction with the Change Coalition, a group formed by Jamar Johnson after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The Community Foundation for South Central New York will facilitate fundraising for the project. If you wish to donate toward the project, click here. “This project represents a critical and unprecedented investment in Binghamton’s youth and our City’s future,” Mayor David said a news release. The city and coalition will work together on potential fundraising and collecting community input on the project and potential programming for the center. Mayor David, the Coalition, and community leaders will meet Wednesday as part of a series of stakeholder meetings. More meetings will be held in the upcoming months.center_img BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Binghamton Mayor Rich David announced Tuesday plans for a multi-million dollar youth community center for 2021 at Columbus Park. The project could cost between $4-million to $5-million. “A brand new youth and community center in the City’s urban core has the potential to not only improve the outcomes of generations of young people who will grow up in Binghamton with more of the recreational and educational opportunities they deserve, but also transform a key downtown neighborhood,” he said. The new center will complement a separate $500,000 park improvement project that will “modernize” the playground and upgrade the picnic area.last_img read more

first_imgDespite the challenges the pandemic created, outreach coordinator Dustin Root says shutting down the shelters and food pantries was not an option. There they’ll also have 50/50 raffles, games and live music. So they decided to come up with a fun way to raise funds while also giving community members a reason to get out and have fun. The event starts with private shopping for attendees at the Mission’s thrift store at 8:30 a.m. followed by a motorcycle ride from Owego to Sal’s in Ithaca with the ride ending with a chicken barbecue at 32 Lyle Road in Barton. This comes after the pandemic forced them to close their thrift store earlier this spring. Money from the thrift store helps fund multiple sober living facilities the organization runs which are geared toward helping those in recover from drug and alcohol dependency. “When we were shut down there was no money coming in,” said Executive Director Mary Sobol. “Money was going out because we kept the shelters going and we also had to purchase food for our three food pantries. So money was going out but none was coming in,” she said. OWEGO (WBNG) — The Tioga County Open Door Mission is holding a motorcycle and car ride fundraiser this Saturday to make sure the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic don’t stop them from continuing to help others. “During these times vulnerable populations don’t stop being vulnerable, so we can never shut down we have to be here. You can’t tell people like that no and we don’t want to either,” he said. “It’s going to be good for us but it’s going to be good for everyone else too I think. It’s going to be a fun time,” Sobol said.last_img read more

first_img(WBNG) — Thursday was the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. RISE-NY says this month is especially important during the pandemic. “They had this idea of this is what they were going to do,” Barren said. “Maybe part of their safety plan involved going to a vulnerable relative or going to a place or business that isn’t open right now.” Executive Director Nicole Barren says there are more challenges now for those seeking help than there were previously, like changing their safety plan. And because of the pandemic, RISE is taking their annual fundraiser online this year. You can find out more information by clicking here. RISE is also participating in a forum with Family Violence and Prevention Council on how to be an ally with survivors.last_img read more