State Sen. James L. Seward announced Monday that he and his wife, Cindy, have tested positive for COVID-19. Seward (R-Milford) was tested at Albany Medical Center, where he continues to be treated. His spokesman said the case was mild and Seward is expected to make a full recovery. When he is released from the hospital, he expects to remain under self-quarantine at his home.
Seward is undergoing treatment for bladder cancer, and has announced he will retire at the end of his term this year rather than seek reelection to an 18th two-year term.
Cindy Seward was tested at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, also with a mild case and quarantined at home.
Seward’s Oneonta office will remain closed. Constituents who need assistance can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518-455-3131.
Foundation issues challenge grant
The Cortland Community Foundation has seeded the Cortland Care Covid fund with a $25,000 contribution to support nonprofits that deliver food and seniors, children, individuals, families and populations most affected by the coronavirus crisis.
The foundation now challenges the Cortland community to join the fight.
“The Community Foundation will match, dollar for dollar, up to an additional $25,000 in gifts from individuals, institutions, and companies,” said board President Tom Gallagher.
Christella Yonta, executive director of the United Way for Cortland County, which is partnering with the foundation, added, “This fundraising collaboration joins together two organizations that have a demonstrated track record of investing in programs that meet needs in the community.”
Donors can make a gift through the United Way’s secure portal at www.cortlandunitedway.org or by mail to United Way for Cortland County, 50 Clinton Ave, Cortland, NY 13045.
The organizations will award operating grants on a rolling basis to non-profits.
Coronavirus cases increase in 2 counties
The number of positive COVID-19 cases confirmed in Cortland County is now at 10. County health Professionals are monitoring 54 individuals in quarantine, none of whom has been hospitalized.
The Cayuga County Health Department reported it still has four confirmed cases.
Assembly Member Barb Lifton (D-Ithaca) reported 70 confirmed cases in Tompkins County.
“Those increased numbers are, in part, due to the fact that much more testing is happening, and that is a good thing, as it means people who have the virus can be quarantined and other contact tracing and testing can ensue for others who may have become infected,” Lifton said.
The Cortland health department does not have the ability to test for COVID-19. Testing is given through health care providers.
County residents with coronavirus symptoms need to call their doctor, who will coordinate any 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.
Syracuse Diocese to live-stream mission
Bishop Douglas Lucia of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse has celebrated Mass live streamed noon weekdays via the diocesan YouTube channel.
Now he plans a three-day Lenten mission today through Thursday, starting 3 p.m. each day.
Lucia will be joined by guest speakers, including musician and author Chris Padgett for the adoration today; Friar Rick Riccoli, pastor of Assumption Church in Syracuse for the pentitential celebration Wednesday and the Rev. Christopher Celentano, pastor of St. Rose of Lima Church, North Syracuse, for the Mass for the sick on Friday.
Viewers can stream the event through Syracuse Catholic Television on YouTube: youtube.com/syrdio live or anytime later.
Resources and worship aids will be available on the diocesan website: www.syrdio.org.