October 26, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 4/1

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11 in Cortland; 80 in Tompkins; 4 in Cayuga

Cortland County has recorded its 11th confirmed case of COVID-19, as 54 people are being monitored, county officials reported Wednesday.

Another 363 tests have come back negative, and three people have been declared recovered.

In Cayuga County, the number of confirmed cases remains at four, that county’s health department announced, as it awaits the results of 55 tests. Another 267 tests were negative.

No coronavirus patient in either county has yet been hospitalized.

Tompkins County confirmed 80 cases, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. The county said one was hospitalized and 28 declared recovered.

Cortland County’s health department doesn’t have the ability to test for COVID-19, which is instead provided through health care providers. If a medical professional instructs you to get tested, collect the sample, then go directly home. Do not leave your home until you have test results, which could take up to a week.

If you have coronavirus symptoms, call your doctor, who will coordinate 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.

Campers not tied to coronavirus

You may have have noticed campers parked at the Country Music Park on Route 13 in Cortlandville and wondered if people had fled there from coronavirus threatened areas, but park board President Ed Kowalski said many campers were brought back to the site for winter storage.

“Some campers in the park itself had opted not to move up to the storage area and left them on their original sites,” he added in an email statement.

He also said the park is open for overnight camping with snowbirds expected to return from Florida in mid-to-late April and early May.

“We were told that campers must keep the social distancing and all transactions would be no face-to-face contact,” he said. “When possible, payment would be done by reservation ahead of time with credit/debit card.”
— S.N. Brier

Tompkins Financial offering loans

ITHACA — Tompkins Financial is offering a discounted loan program to its non-executive employees who have encountered increased expenses or decreased income because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition, Tompkins has instituted a premium of up to 25% additional pay for employees whose essential work requires them to be on site, the company announced Thursday.

“Banks have been deemed to provide an essential service to our customers and communities and this is a way we can show our appreciation to our employees,” said Stephen Romaine, president and CEO. “We understand that while we, as a company, are fortunate enough to maintain our work force during this time, our team members may have spouses or partners who experience job loss. We also appreciate that they may experience unexpected costs related to the pandemic. We want our team members to know that Tompkins is standing by them in the same way they are standing by our customers.”

The premium pay model will apply to both exempt and nonexempt non-executive employees whose work requires them to report to a Tompkins location to perform essential job duties. Tompkins Financial Corp. is the parent company of Tompkins Trust Co., which has branches in Cortland and Dryden.