October 24, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 3/19

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Cayuga finds first COVID-19 case

Cayuga County confirmed Wednesday its first known case of COVID-19.

“A man in his early thirties was traveling through the area, became ill and sought care,” according to a statement from the Cayuga County Health Department.

The man was screened and tested Saturday and immediately placed in quarantine.

The health department received the positive results late Wednesday afternoon. According to the statement, the man, who is not a Cayuga County resident, is recovering and will remain in quarantine.

“This case demonstrates the need for social distancing and practicing personal protective measures, including not traveling and staying home,” Cayuga County Public Health Director Kathleen Cuddy said in a statement.

Libraries close

All libraries in the Finger Lakes Library System — including libraries in Cortland, Homer, Cincinnatus, McGraw, Marathon, Moravia, Groton and Dryden — are closed, most until further notice.

For a full list of closures, go to www.flls.org/covid19/.

The Cortland library closed Monday at 5 p.m. and will remain closed until further notice. All system libraries were closed as of 8 p.m. Tuesday night.

The Finger Lakes Library System has extended due dates for all items currently checked out to May 1. Inter-library loans have been suspended.

Madison County cancels meetings

At this time, all Madison County committee meetings are canceled until further notice. Should a meeting become necessary, a Zoom video/voice conference will be scheduled and live streamed to ensure social distancing.

Closings planned

Local nonprofit groups 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 today, 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 Groton Senior Citizens Monthly Lunch meeting March 25 at the American Legion at 307 Main St., Groton, will not meet.
  • 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 (sadams@familycs.org) or phone (607-756-8970 ext. 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.

Cortland YWCA closes facility

YWCA Cortland will close its main facility at 14 Clayton Ave. in Cortland and all programs to the public at 6 p.m. Thursday until further notice.

Its Aid to Victims of Violence program will continue to provide critical services by appointment only unless in an emergency.

YWCA leadership determined this closure is necessary in response to: the state of emergency issued by Cortland County on Sunday; Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s mandate to close gym facilities on Monday; and, guidelines regarding best practices for social distancing during the COVID-19 crisis established by reputable health authorities, such as state and county health departments, the national Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.

“We recognize that many in our community will miss connecting with their social networks through the various programs offered at the YWCA,” said Kelly Tobin, YWCA Cortland’s executive director. “However, because we take the health and safety of our members, staff, volunteers, program participants, visitors, and community members seriously, we believe this is an action we must take.”

YWCA staff will continue to report to work on a limited basis and front desk staff will be available to answer questions by phone at 607-753-9651 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.