December 5, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 4/6

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Cortland: 15
Tompkins: 95
Cayuga: 8

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Cortland County ticked up one on Sunday to 15, and two people were hospitalized, reports the Cortland County Health Department.

None of the positive cases that have been reported are connected to each other, according to the county.

Cortland County health professionals are monitoring 30 people. The Cortland County Health Department had received 518 negative test results from health care providers. Six people have recovered.

Tompkins County reports 95 confirmed cases, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.

The Cayuga County Health Department reports eight cases, with one person hospitalized and five others in isolation. It awaits test results on 47 people, with 337 negative test results.

Cortland County’s health department doesn’t have the ability to test for COVID-19, which is 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.

Wegmans coffee shop worker tests positive

ITHACA — The Tompkins County Health Department reported Sunday that a Wegmans employee who works in the coffee shop is a confirmed COVID-19 case. The individual worked multiple shifts at Wegmans at 500 S. Meadow St., Ithaca, during the past two weeks.

If you came within 6 feet of any employee of the Wegmans Coffee Shop between March 23 and Saturday, the department says you should:

  • Get tested at the Cayuga Health sampling site at The Shops at Ithaca Mall parking lot, open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. Register at cayugahealth.org/ or call the Cayuga Health Registration Line at 607-319-5708.
  • Self-quarantine for 14 days from the last date you shopped at the Wegmans Coffee Shop. If you show symptoms — including cough, fever and shortness of breath — get tested again..
  • If you seek testing and the result is negative, continue to self quarantine and monitor yourself for the full 14 days from the last time you shopped at the Wegmans Coffee Shop. If you become symptomatic, seek testing again.

“We are working closely with Wegmans management to ensure the safety of all employees and patrons,” said Tompkins Public Health Director Frank Kruppa. “Grocery stores are essential businesses, and it is important that they are able to continue to serve our community.”

The Wegmans Coffee Shop is closed and thorough disinfection of the area has been completed. Wegmans managers are instituting new measures for employees including, distributing masks, temperature checks, and screening for symptoms before each shift.