November 30, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 3/27

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Coronavirus cases double in Cortland

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases doubled Thursday afternoon in Cortland County, with three more cases reported to the Cortland County Health Department.

While the risk to the general public remains low, the department reported, it is working to identify and contact all those who may have come in contact with the confirmed cases.

All six confirmed positive cases will be isolated under a public health order. People identified as close contacts will be quarantined and monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms.

The county has 58 residents self quarantining for 14 days, but none have shown symptoms, the department reports. Some of them are linked to the confirmed cases, but the department would not release details on them.

The Cortland County Health Department does not have testing capabilities. Residents are referred to their own health care provider or testing sites in Ithaca or Syracuse, which leads to a lag in reporting.

People who have been tested should self-quarantine until they receive test results.

“You have a responsibility to protect everybody around you,” Public Health
Director Catherine Feuerherm said.

“Stay at home.”

Don’t pick up a few groceries or stop at the drug store on the way home from the test, she said. Have someone pick them up for you; call 211 if you need help finding that resource.

Monitor yourself for symptoms: fever, cough or difficulty breathing. If symptoms develop, stay home and call your doctor for further guidance about testing.

If you are elderly, have underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised, call your doctor early. In an emergency call 911.

If you have symptoms and do not have a doctor, call 888-364-3065 or visit
— Todd R. McAdam

Virus tally up to 33 in Tompkins County

LANSING — Tompkins County officials were notified Thursday by a private employer at the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport that one of their employees had tested positive for COVID-19, the county has reported.

The Tompkins County Health Department has completed a contact investigation to identify close contacts and potential exposures; the individual has been at home in isolation since Sunday.

As of Thursday night, 33 people in Tompkins County have tested positive for coronavirus.

Tops store installs shields at registers

Tops has begun installing Plexiglas shields at cash registers and other safety measures at all of its 162 stores in New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont, including its store in Cortland.

Where Plexiglas cannot be affixed, the company announced it would supply workers with face shields, as well as workers in the pharmacy department and at the customer service desk.

Cortland shop starts virus fundraiser

People can donate to Feeding America by buying a shirt at Bernard’s Custom Logo, Top Stitch & Jim8Ball, for which organizers will donate $4 to Feeding America, a 501(c)(3) organization that helps provide food to 200 food banks and 60,000 pantries across America.

Short sleeved T-shirts cost $12 and long sleeved T-shirts cost $20. Free pick up options will be offered in Cortland and Chittenango, as well as shipping to anywhere within the United States.

To order, go to On the home page, click the Untied We Stand link.

Dryden bank limits access

DRYDEN — All First National Bank of Dryden locations have redirected lobby service to the drive-through, and the North Street office in Dryden will be closed, the bank announced Thursday.

Staff are available during regular business hours to help customers by calling:

  • Cortland — 607-753-0392.
  • Dryden — 607-844-8141.
  • Homer — 607-662-4179.

TCAT plans to cut services again

DRYDEN — With ridership down 90 percent, TCAT announced Thursday it will reduce service for the second time this month — starting Monday.

The new schedules will be in effect tentatively until May 23, but they are subject to change depending on how the crisis evolves.

The service advises riders to check TCAT’s Bus Tracker and MyStop and other apps before boarding.

TCAT is operating fare-free through April 9, to avoid rider-driver contact at the farebox.

Shuttered routes include 11N; 11S: 53; 72, 74; 75; 81, 83W; 83; 90; 92 and 93. Routes typically operating only weekdays will be extended to seven days a week.

Changes were made to some other routes.

TCAT is asking people to use the bus only if you need to. Don’t board if you are sick or have any symptoms.

National Grid delays rate hike

ALBANY — The state Public Service Commission announced Thursday that National Grid will postpone delivery rate increases that would have also taken effect April 1 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

National Grid upstate will postpone its April 1, 2020 electric delivery rate increase of $89.6 million and its gas delivery rate increase of $21.5 million until July 1, 2020.

This will effect 1.6 million electric customers and 640,000 gas customers.