November 27, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 3/30

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Cases increase in 3 counties

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Cortland County had increased to eight while 55 people were being monitored, county health professionals announced Saturday.

None of those monitored were hospitalized. Tompkins County reported 48 cases as of Friday, up 16 from the day before. Cayuga County remained at four confirmed cases as of Sunday.

The Cortland County Health Department does not have the ability to test for COVID-19. Testing is given through health care providers in the community.

County residents who are experiencing coronavirus symptoms need to call their doctor, who will coordinate any necessary testing. People who don’t have a primary care physician can call Upstate Medical University at 315-464-3979 or Cayuga’s Call Center at 607-319-5708.

If you are instructed by a medical professional to get tested, follow their instructions for a sample collection and then go directly to your home and do not leave until you receive results from your provider.

TC3 students receive honors

LANSING — Tompkins Cortland Community College nursing students Dominick Barrett and Sara McKee have been honored by Cayuga Health System for their volunteer work at the COVID sampling center.

Martin Stallone, president and CEO of Cayuga Health, paid tribute to the two students at a small ceremony after the center closed Friday.

Barrett and McKee, residents of Ithaca, are in their final semester in the nursing program at TC3. Each had been doing clinical hours at Cayuga Medical Center before the arrival of COVID-19. When Cayuga Health opened an off-site sampling center, Barrett and McKee both volunteered. The two spent part of the college’s extended spring break working at the new sampling center in a vacant store space at The
Shops at Ithaca Mall.

Associate Professor Lisa Seyfried and Assistant Professor Kim Ligas joined Stallone at the ceremony and presented the students with nursing pins and certificates.

Cayuga sheriff worker positive

A Cayuga County sheriff’s office worker has tested positive for coronavirus, the sheriff reported this morning, and 10 other employees have been self-quarantined pending tests.

Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck said the ill worker, who was notified Sunday, continues to recover; the other 10 have shown no symptoms.

The individual who tested positive for COVID-19 did not have any contact with the public or inmates, Schenck said. This person does not live in Cayuga County and is working with the local health department.