Broome County April 21 coronavirus update The county executive says local closed businesses “can’t wait much longer.” Garnar says when businesses reopen, they will likely have to follow public-health safety guidelines, such as wearing a mask. (WBNG) — Broome County Executive Jason Garnar announced area hospitals can now test people with low-level symptoms of COVID-19 if their healthcare provider recommends it. Garnar says the county has about 9,000 tests available. Expanded testing Coronavirus numbers As of April 21, around 1,500 people in the county have been tested for the coronavirus. Garnar says he wants county officials and local health leaders to have input on when the state reopens the region. He says that is “very important” to the reopening of Broome County. In total, 225 cases of the virus have been reported in the county. There are 154 active cases of the coronavirus in Broome County. 12 people have died from the virus and 59 people have recovered. Garnar says the county is “ready to assist” the state government when it comes to local businesses reopening. A map detailing where coronavirus cases are located in the county can be found by clicking here. Local economy The announcement comes hours after Governor Cuomo said New York will reopen on a regional basis. Cuomo says the virus has affected different regions of the state differently. States less affected by the virus will reopen first.