November 29, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 3/14

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Jails suspend visits over virus

Cortland and Cayuga county jails announced Friday they will suspend inmate visits and other activities in the wake of the coronavirus spread.

Cortland County Sheriff Mark E. Helms has temporarily suspended all contact visits at the Cortland County Jail to limit the risk of spreading coronavirus, the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday. In addition, all services provided by outside vendors including chaplain services, inmate education and community services will be suspended.

The Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office issued a similar statement, suspending visits and programs by outside organizations. Inmate meetings with lawyers will be non-contact environment, Sheriff Brian Schenck said in a release.

Concerns prompt cancellation

DRYDEN — The Town of Dryden Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee has canceled a public workshop and open house March 25 on the town’s master plan update because of concerns of coronavirus.

The meeting will be rescheduled. To learn about and participate in the plan update, go to

Utilities suspend service cutoffs

Public utilities, including National Grid and NYSEG, are working with the state to suspend service shutoffs during the coronavirus outbreak, the utilities and Department of Public Service announced Friday.

“Ensuring affordable, safe, secure, and reliable access to electric, gas, and water services for New York State’s residential and business consumers is at the heart of everything we do,” said Department CEO John B. Rhodes. “By suspending utility disconnects we are ensuring that those affected by the virus will not have to worry about keeping critical utility services available.”

Con Edison, National Grid, Central Hudson, Orange and Rockland, New York State Electric and Gas, Rochester Electric and Gas, PSEG Long Island and National Fuel Gas — and major private water companies have all committed to suspend shut-offs for customers, and assist customers impacted by COVID-19 who may be experiencing financial hardship.

TCAT reducing bus service

People are staying home, so TCAT buses will stay in the garage, with fewer runs starting March 22, General Manager Scot Vanderpool announced Friday. The reduced service will continue through May 23.

TCAT will announce details within the next week, but service reductions will be similar to those TCAT makes during the summer when most students leave town for their year-end break.

“We are mindful that there are many people in our community, including our rural riders, who use our service 12 months a year, and want to assure them that we will continue to make every effort to meet their needs,” Vanderpool said.