(WBNG) — National Public Health Week comes around once every year, but officials at the Broome County Health Department say this is no normal year. They say with the Covid-19 crisis in full swing the Clinics Division has taken an all hands on deck approach to work toward stopping the spread. This means working to track the movements of individuals who may have been exposed to the disease. “We’ve pulled in staff members from different divisions bringing them up to speed to be able to help support our response,” said Susan Medina, Director of Clinics at the Broome County Heath Department. “We identify cases that are positive, they investigate that and identify any close contacts,” Medina said. “Then we can set them up and contact them and explain what quarantine means and what that will mean for them.” “We had to be vigilant in responding to the ever evolving situation and the information and guidance and making sure we deployed that guidance to the public as we needed to,” she said. “we look at the community as our patient so we really have to have that broad spectrum approach to stop the spread.” “We’re all trying to do what’s right for the community and we are all change agents,” she said “We just need people to stick together, while staying apart.” Acting Deputy Director Mary McFadden says this means sometimes dealing with information that is changing by the minute. In an ever changing and ever evolving pandemic McFadden says the Health Department has one request for the public that they serve every day:
“Every Tuesday morning he will look right out the window for the side-loader garbage truck and he’s just thrilled to see it every day,” said Suzanne Hunsinger. Multiple Taylor Garbage trucks passed by Connor’s house. Employees honked their horns and waved to the now six-year-old who was in awe by the whole experience. “Like” Jacob Seus on Facebook and “Follow” him on Twitter. “This is definitely the most memorable birthday I think he will ever have by far,” said Suzanne. “We couldn’t pass up this opportunity to make a 6-year-old’s birthday extra special,” said Dave McPeek. VESTAL (WBNG) – On Saturday, Connor Hunsinger celebrated his sixth birthday. His mom Suzanne didn’t want her son’s birthday to be ruined by the coronavirus, so she made a call to get one of his favorite things, garbage trucks. “All the drivers signed the sign with their truck number it worked out great,” said McPeek. Suzanne called Taylor Garbage and the company made sure to honor the request.
The person was at Fountain’s Tavern, located at 73 CFJ Boulevard in Johnson City on Saturday, Sptember 19th. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — The Broome County Health Department has issued a statement alerting the public of a positive COVID case who visited a local bar. The Health Department asks anyone who was at this location on September 19th between 10:30 p.m. and 12:00 a.m to self-quarantine until October 4th.