Second case in Tompkins
UPDATE: A third positive case was reported Tuesday evening.
The Tompkins County Health Department was notified Monday of a second positive case of COVID-19.
The person has been in isolation since the samples were collected for testing. County Health Department public health nurses have begun a contact investigation to determine if there were any additional exposures.
Multiple agencies and organizations are working together to provide a unified, coordinated response. In an abundance of caution, many organizations will be changing their practices to best protect and serve the needs of our community.
If you develop symptoms of illness including fever, cough, or trouble breathing, call your health care provider before you go to the office.
As this situation evolves, TCHD will continue to send out updates and check the website for updates.
Tompkins Jail halts visitations
ITHACA — The Tompkins County Jail announced it has suspended inmate contact visitation to protect its corrections staff and inmates.
Also, non-essential professional visitors will also not be permitted into the jail for group meetings.
To reduce the negative impacts this may cause inmates and their families, the jail has worked with its inmate phone service provider to provide each inmate with a limited number of free phone calls.
Cleaning efforts have also been increased within the facility to reduce the likelihood of disease spread. As of Sunday, the jail was housing 41 inmates, of whom none had shown symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
New inmates entering the facility will be secured separately from the general population until such time that they can be examined by medical personnel.
Cortland County had likewise halted inmate visits due to potential risks from coronavirus.
Dryden town offices close
To maintain public safety and to cut down on the spread of COVID-19, all town of Dryden offices will be closed to the public until further notice. The town will provide updates on its website www.dryden.ny.us and in the local news media.
Town Clerk Office and town recreation business and activities will be handled through mail, phone, or email. All recreation activities are canceled until April 13. Refunds will be processed by the Recreation Department as soon as possible.
Likewise, all Dryden Advisory Board meetings will be canceled for the remainder of March.
The March 19 Town Board meeting will be held as scheduled, but instead of being an in-person meeting, it will be held online via Zoom or other streaming service. The town will provide details as soon as possible.
Dryden Town Court is adjourned for 45-days from today and will begin again the beginning of May. Contact the Town Court about all pending court matters. All court payments will be handled via the drop box at the Dryden Town Hall and business is to be handled by phone. Call 607-844-8888, Ext. 1 for all Dryden Court matters.
Planning Department business and activities will be handled through mail, phone, or email. Contact the planning department at either 607-844-8888, Ext. 216, or at email@example.com.
Access to county offices limited
In an effort to slow the expected spread of the COVID-19 virus Cortland County is implementing special procedures at county offices and is encouraging anyone needing access to county services to call before the visiting its facilities.
“County Offices and agencies are open and operational but we are implementing social distancing and other procedures to keep the public as well as county staff healthy and safe,” Cortland County Administrator Robert Corpora said in a prepared statement.
Beginning this morning, anyone coming to the County Office Building for appointments or services will be re-routed to the County Office Building gymnasium for a COVID-19 pre-screening to determine if individuals are showing signs of sickness.
The Department of Social Services, Area Agency on Aging, and other County Departments will have staff stationed in the gymnasium to respond to immediate needs.
At this point, many discretionary appointments and meetings have been canceled or postponed.
County staff will be on-hand to collect any necessary paperwork that must be filed and those documents can be dropped off at the county gymnasium.
Operations in the County Courts have been suspended except criminal trials already in process and any emergency court matters. All required arraignments for criminal matters will be held at the County Courthouse.
The public is encouraged to transact as much business via the internet as possible.
Closings in the area
From Cortland Repertory Theater to the Cortland Country Music Park, area non profits and support groups are canceling events citing the state of emergency in Cortland County and coronavirus concerns:
At CRT Downtown, the following has been postponed or canceled at 26 Port Watson St:
— Trivia Night on Thursday, canceled.
— Mystery Dinner Theatre, Friday and Saturday, postponed. Date to be announced.
— “How Sweet It Is: Steve Leslie Sings James Taylor” March 27, postponed. Date to be announced.
— Comedian Tim Walkoe March 28, postponed, date to be announced.
People with tickets can hold them for rescheduled date, exchange for another CRT downtown show, donate them to CRT, be refunded. Call 800-427-6160 to find out more.
• The Cortland Country Music Park on Route 13 North is closed indefinitely.
• Wednesday’s Alzheimer’s Support Group<$> meeting, set for Walden Place at Bennie Road in Cortlandville, has been canceled. The support group for caregivers typically meets the third Wednesday of the month and is facilitated by Bill Hopkins of Homer.
• The Groton Senior Citizens Monthly Lunch meeting March 25 at the American Legion at 307 Main St., Groton, will not meet. All YWCA Cortland health and fitness programs, classes, and weight rooms will close temporarily beginning Tuesday. The pool, cycling area, gymnasium, and the multi-purpose room will also be closed.
• Access To Independence will be closed to the public until March 30. Staff will continue to be available to provide assistance and maintain operation of critical services in the community. ATI will reassess office hour availability as the situation develops. Call Access at 607-753-7363 to find out more.
• The Cortland LGBTQ Center at 165 Main St. is closed to visitors for the foreseeable future. Staff are still available. Reach out via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (607-756-8970 extension 253) or via our social media channels.
• Southworth Library in Dryden will be closed from March 16 to April 13. Any items checked out will be extended to May 1. Updates on information about services will be made available as soon as possible.
• Homeville Museum will postpone this year’s Honoring Vietnam Veterans event, which was to have been held on March 30 at the CNY Living History Center, possibly to be held in July.
• The Village of McGraw’s office will be closing today March 16, to the public due to the COVID- 19<\!p> until further notice, all business will be conducted by US Mail, email, or phone.
• The Village of McGraw Board of Trustees meeting for March 17, 2020 has been canceled. The Next is scheduled for April 7 at 6 p.m. at the Village Office on Cemetery Street McGraw NY 13101.
Deli provides kids meals
Kids in elementary and middle school will be able to get a free bagged lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday from March 23 to April 13 at the Deli Downtown located at 54 Main St. The company said preorders are appreciated and can be done by calling 607-753-6666.
Village elections moved to April 28
Village elections slated for Wednesday are postponed and rescheduled for April 28, according to an order from Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
In the greater Cortland area, the villages of Dryden, Groton, Freeville and DeRuyter will be affected. Those village elections will now be held on April 28, the same day as New York’s presidential primary.
Peak, Togg close due to virus
All operations at Greek Peak Mountain Resort in Virgil and Toggenburg Mountain in Fabius have been suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a statement from company President Wes Kryger.
This includes skiing operations, restaurants, spas and other services.
Guests currently staying at Hope Lake Lodge at Greek Peak Mountain Resort may stay throughout their checkout date with limited amenities available. The Acorn Grill will only be available for room service and TRAX’s Our Chow Now delivery service will be available for people within a seven-mile radius of the resort.
No time has been set for the reopening of operations at Greek Peak Mountain Resort and Toggenburg Mountain.