Garnar addresses 44th COVID-19 death, protests, Rec Park fire

first_imgIn total, 559 cases of the virus have been reported since the outbreak began in Broome County. (WBNG) — Broome County Executive Jason Garnar announced the 44th death from COVID-19 at his June 1 news conference. The victim was a Willow Point Nursing Home Resident and a man in his 70s. Garnar says he is concerned after around 1,000 people showed up in Binghamton to protest against the death of George Floyd. Reopening criteria and protests: Coronavirus numbers: In total, Garnar says 44 Willow Point residents have tested positive for the virus. The county executive says its important people continue to wear their masks, remain socially distant and wash their hands. He says he supports the message of the protest but worries if it will result in a spike of coronavirus cases in the county. Broome County June 1 coronavirus update:center_img Binghamton Mayor Rich David and District Attorney Michael A. Korchak denounced the arsonists early Monday. 392 people have recovered from the virus in the county. Throughout Broome County, there are 123 active cases of the coronavirus. Recreation Park Fire Additionally, Garnar says he was upset over the Our Space Playground being destroyed by arson early Monday morning following a night of peaceful protests. The county executive says it was an “incredibly difficult 24 hours” since the fire destroyed the playground. Garnar says the Southern Tier continues to meet reopening criteria after phase two started on May 29. Garnar says he has hope the community will come together to help rebuild the park.last_img read more