December 6, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 4/17

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Cortland County cases rise to 32

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Cortland County increased by five to 32 on Thursday, the county reported. In total, three people have died in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties.

The county Health Department was monitoring 55 people. Four people are hospitalized, bringing to six the total who have been hospitalized.

The Cortland County Health Department has received 777 negative test results from health care providers. Eighteen people have recovered.

Tompkins County reports 116 confirmed cases among 2,574 tested people, according to the state Department of Health, although the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reports 118 confirmed cases. Two people have died, although neither was a Tompkins resident, state data show.

The Cayuga County Health Department reported seven new cases Thursday, for a total of 44. One person has died. One person is hospitalized. Another 48 are quarantined and 23 are in isolation. It awaits test results on 24 people of 637 people tested.

Gas station worker tests positive

LANSING — An employee of a Mirabito convenience store at 32 Peruville Road, Lansing, has tested positive for coronavirus and the Tompkins County Health Department advises people who went inside during two shifts get tested:

  • 8:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 9.
  • 2 to 6:30 p.m. April 10.

If you went inside the store, the department suggests:

  • You get tested at the Cayuga Health sampling site at The Shops at Ithaca Mall parking lot, 40 Catherwood Road, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays. Register at or call the Cayuga Health Call Center at 607-319-5708.
  • Self-quarantine in your home for 14 days, even if you test negative.
  • Monitor your health for any symptoms of cough, fever and shortness of breath.

If you pumped gas or went to the Dunkin Donuts drive-through, you do not need to seek testing.

The convenience store is closed for disinfection.

City warns tattoo shop

Cortland police and the state Attorney General’s Office have issued an order to a Cortland tattoo shop that police found was still accepting clients, despite the coronavirus shutdown.

Cortland police received complaints earlier this week that Caesar’s Under your Skin Tattoo and Piercing at 24 Main St. in Cortland was still accepting clients. They confirmed it and the owner received an order to cease all business immediately. A failure to comply may result in arrest and fines.

Non-essential businesses may apply to obtain a waiver to remain in operation, but tattoo shops are specifically identified as businesses that will not be granted waivers, police said.

Owners of the shop could not be reached for comment.

“The city police recognize the economic hardship that is being placed on small businesses, their owners and employees,” Lt. Michael Strangeway said in a release. “This is an unprecedented time in our history. Together, as a community, we must abide by the state’s orders and do what is necessary to ensure the health and safety of all Cortland residents.”