JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) – Two Rivers Church was in the full swing of holiday celebrations on Sunday as hundreds gathered to worship and enjoy the countdown to Christmas. Two Rivers Church will have a Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m. for those wishing to attend. The church says all are welcome. “Just really fun to sing with everybody and just worship. It was just a celebration there today and it was a really good time,” Snider said. “It’s really not about the gift of presents, so much as the gift of presence [of Christ].” Amidst all of the holiday mayhem, Snider was thankful for being able to enjoy a day of celebration with his community. A similar celebratory event was also held at the church’s other locations in Corning, Cortland and Ithaca. “We just love celebrating with our community,” Snider said. “It’s just an honor and a pleasure to host everyone here today.” Binghamton community pastor John Snider told 12 News between 500 and 600 people came to the church, taking part in a hot cocoa bar, cookie decorating, pictures with Santa Claus, hay rides, and worship.
The Johnson City Central School District says they are continuing to monitor the situation and notify staff members of any possible interruptions to the school schedule in a statement issued on their website. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — The Johnson City Central School District says they have been working with the Department of Health (DOH) in Broome County to address a number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in staff members. The district says 12-month staff have been asked to not report on Monday and Tuesday with a “small” exception of essential staff who have not been asked to self-quarantine. The also says a they cannot provided a specific number detailing how many staff have been asked to self quarantine. The Broome County DOH has advised that any person who came within direct contact with someone who has tested positive for ten minutes or longer, or within six feet of them, should quarantine for the recommended 14 day period. Officials of the DOH have conducted contact tracing with staff members who possibly have had contact with anyone afflicted and have advised them on the next steps to take to ensure safety. The district says the DOH will not share information on where staff contracted the virus.