November 27, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 3/24

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Sampling center opens in Lansing

LANSING — A new COVID-19 sampling center opens today in portable structures in the parking lot of the Shops at Ithaca Mall in Lansing, Cayuga Health and Tompkins County announced Monday evening.

The center will be open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays with online registration at A call center has been set up for patients with questions or without internet access, at 607-319-5708.

Register before arriving at the site, the organizations said.

“Testing for COVID-19 has rapidly evolved. Last week we were successful with opening one of the first COVID-19 sampling centers in New York State and we will continue to do what it takes to meet the healthcare needs of our community,” said Martin Stallone, president and CEO of Cayuga Health.

“This new sampling center is another way for us to do our part to flatten the curve, get people tested, and keep our community safe,” states Frank Kruppa, Tompkins County public health director. “We recognize there are limitations to this sampling site and we will continue to work to find solutions to ensure that everyone who needs to get tested is able to receive this service.”

The criteria for testing includes two questions:

  • Have you had a recent onset of fever, cough, shortness of breath, or body aches?
  • Have you been in the same room with a person confirmed positive with COVID-19 in the last 14 days?

People tested will be on mandatory home isolation as directed by the health department, and contacted in about a week with results.

3 confirmed in Cayuga County

AUBURN — Cayuga County confirmed on Monday it has three positive cases of COVID-19, the county’s health department reported.

All three patients have been placed in mandatory isolation:

  • A person who lives outside New York state, who is in isolation and showing no symptoms.
  • A woman in her 20s living outside Auburn.
  •  A woman in her 30s living outside Auburn.

Also, a former Auburn Correctional Facility inmate tested positive for coronavirus Sunday.

“We currently have a total number of 26 individuals under mandatory quarantine throughout Cayuga County,” Public Health Director Kathleen Cuddy said. “To date, we have received test results from 87 individuals tested within various sites in our county. The Cayuga County Health Department is waiting for results on 44 individuals who we tested and have not yet received results.”

College delays commencement

SUNY Cortland’s spring commencement ceremony has been postponed indefinitely due to the ongoing threat posed by COVID-19.

As further details develop, the college plans to share them online on its COVID-19 resource page as well as its Commencement page.

Housing office makes changes

Effective immediately, the Cortland Housing Authority administrative offices will be temporarily closed to tenants, Section 8 participants, applicants and the general public with no face-to-face interaction between staff and the tenants or others, in order to deal with coronavirus, the agency announced Monday.

As much business as possible will be conducted by telephone and other electronic means. Staff remain available to provide emergency services and essential duties.

All meetings rooms and community rooms will be closed. All annual and interim recertification activities will be conducted by phone, email, fax and mail. All nonessential property or unit inspections will be delayed. All grievance and informal hearings will be postponed.

As tenant and program participants see a reduction in their income due to lost wages, the staff will adjust rent, lowering the tenant or Section 8 participant’s required rent and increasing the government subsidies.

Drive-up only access to banks

Chemung Canal Trust Co. limited services at its bank branches Monday, including one at 1094 Route 222 in Cortlandville, to its drive-up windows only.

Chemung Canal will have 22 of its 26 offices open to provide essential banking services, while promoting social distancing to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19.

The bank’s drive-up windows will accept transactions from walk-up and drive-up clients. Employees remain accessible through telephone and email.

The bank’s website,, and mobile banking app will remain fully functional.