October 20, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 4/14

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Cortland County’s number of virus cases rises to 24

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Cortland County increased to 24 on Monday, the county reported. In total, two people have died in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties.

To date, none of the positive Cortland County cases that have been reported are connected to each other. The county Health Department was monitoring 36 people. Four people are hospitalized, bringing to five the total who have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 718 negative test results from health care providers. Twelve people have recovered.

Tompkins County reports 113 confirmed cases, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. One person has died.

The Cayuga County Health Department reported two new cases Monday, bringing it to 33 cases. One person has died.

No one is hospitalized. Another 36 are quarantined and 27 are in isolation. It awaits test results on 24 people of 571 people tested.

Seward released from hospital following bout with virus

State Sen. James Seward has been released from the hospital and will recuperate at home following his case of COVID-19, Seward’s chief of staff announced Monday night.

“On behalf of Senator and Mrs. Seward, I am glad to announce that the senator has been discharged from Albany Medical Center and is now continuing his recuperation from the COVID-19 virus at home,” Duncan S. Davie said in a release.

Seward (R-Milford) was admitted to the hospital March 30 after testing positive for COVID-19 and was at one point placed in a medically induced coma. He was taken out of intensive care April 7. He is also receiving treatment for cancer, and has announced he will step down after his 17th term ends.

“The family is profoundly grateful to God and the medical team at Albany Medical Center for the senator’s recovery from the virus. The outpouring of prayers and well wishes from neighbors, constituents, friends, legislative colleagues, local officials and others has encouraged, strengthened and cheered them through the recent challenging weeks,” Davie said. “Sen. Seward is anticipating a full recovery and looking forward to resuming his duties on behalf of the people he feels privileged to represent.”

TC3 postpones commencement, aims for ceremony in August

DRYDEN — Tompkins Cortland Community College will not celebrate 2020 Commencement as planned on May 21, but hopes to have one in August.

“In acknowledgement of the severity of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the deeply difficult decision to not hold our 2020 commencement on Thursday, May 21,” the college an- nounced Monday. “There is no greater pleasure in our year than to witness and celebrate, in-person, the accomplishments of our students. With that in mind, we are making contingency plans for a celebration in August, if conditions allow.”

The college does plan an online celebration on May 21, but noted that all plans are tentative.

“It is our hope that a celebration worthy of the occasion will be safe and feasible by August,” it said in a release. “We will move forward with our plans but also continue to fully comply with local, state, and federal guidance and exercise an abundance of caution in any decision we make.”