December 8, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 4/15

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Cortland: 25
Tompkins: 113
Cayuga: 33

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Cortland County increased to 25 on Tuesday, the county reported. In total, two people have died in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties.

The county Health Department was monitoring 38 people. Four people are hospitalized, bringing to five the total who have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 728 negative test results from health care providers. Seventeen people have recovered.

Tompkins County reports 113 confirmed cases, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. However, that number has not been updated in several days. One person has died. The state Health Department reports 112 cases as of Monday, of 2,457 people tested.

The Cayuga County Health Department reported 33 cases. One person has died.

No one is hospitalized. Another 43 are quarantined and 21 are in isolation. It awaits test results on 21 people of 583 people tested.

Essential businesses must provide masks

Cortland County will begin enforcing later today a state executive order than essential businesses must provide face masks to its employees who interact with the public.

The order, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued Sunday, requires all essential businesses to provide — at their expense — face coverings for any employees in the workplace and when in direct contact with customers or members of the public, the county announced Tuesday.

Cortland County government and several county agencies have collaborated to make face masks available to small businesses. The county secured the face coverings through Homer’s Welder’s Warehouse, with the county Business Development Corp. and the Chamber of Commerce agreeing to underwrite the acquisition of some of them. The Cayuga-Cortland Workforce Development Board is coordinating distribution.

The county will begin enforcing the requirement at 8 p.m. today. Businesses that need to obtain masks can call 607-745-0072.

Enforcement of the executive order is possible under public health law. Failure to issue masks can be punished under the provisions of Section 12 of public health law, which can include fines up to $5,000 for repeat offenses.

Cayuga Health expands telehealth

Cayuga Health System announced Tuesday it is expanding its telemedicine services to allow patients to stay at home and have online appointments with their health care providers to reduce COVID-19’s spread.

With telehealth services, patients can use their smart phones, tablets and computers to have online appointments.

More than 200 health care providers in the Cayuga Health System can work via telehealth, including Cayuga Medical Center, Schuyler Hospital, Cayuga Health Partners, Cayuga Medical Associates and Cayuga Wellness Center.

Most portals provide patients with their medical records, medication lists, diagnostic test results and summaries of medical visits. For instructions on how to schedule a telehealth appointment through Cayuga Health, go to cayuga