December 1, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 4/11

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Tompkins County sees 1st death

Tompkins County recorded its first coronavirus death Friday, even as Cortland County reported that its number of confirmed cases remained at 20.

“It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of a patient at Cayuga Medical Center due to COVID-19,” said Dr. Martin Stallone, chief executive of Cayuga Health System. “Our team has trained extensively for treating patients with the virus.”

Cayuga Medical Center received two patients from New York City.

“Unfortunately, one of those patients passed away this morning,” Stallone said Friday.

To date, none of the positive Cortland County cases are connected to each other. The county Health Department was monitoring 35 people.

Three people are hospitalized, bringing to four the total who have been hospitalized.

The Cortland County Health Department has received 651 negative test results from health care providers. Fourteen people have recovered.

Tompkins County reports 107 confirmed cases, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.

The Cayuga County Health Department reported 31 confirmed cases, up three from Thursday, and one death. One person is hospitalized. Another 39 are quarantined and 26 are in isolation. It awaits test results on 44 people of 507 people tested.

Whitney Point holds food drive

WHITNEY POINT — Food Bank of the Southern Tier will offer drive-through food distribution from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Whitney Point School District at 10 Keibel Road in Whitney Point.

Register from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday by calling 833-4FB-FOOD or 833-432-3663. This is limited to drivethrough distribution to avoid person-to-person contact. No walk-ups will be allowed.

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Wells delays commencement

AURORA — Wells College has announced its 152nd commencement, originally planned for May 16 — has been rescheduled to Aug. 8 because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, college President Jonathan Gibralter announced.

“Our seniors have been deprived of their final semester on campus due to this international health crisis,” Gibralter said. “I have promised the class of 2020 that I have no intention of moving to a ‘virtual’ commencement or canceling it entirely, as some other colleges have chosen to do. Our students and their families deserve to gather at a ceremony that celebrates their accomplishments in a safe way that also pays tribute to the college’s long-standing traditions.”.

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