December 1, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 4/18

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Number of coronavirus cases in Cortland County stays at 32

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Cortland County remained at 32 on Friday, 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 799 negative test results from health care providers. Eighteen people have recovered.

Tompkins County reports 116 confirmed cases among 2,574 tested people, the state Department of Health reported Thursday, 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 no new cases Friday, remaining at 44. One person has died; another is hospitalized. Another 47 are quarantined and 15 are in isolation. It awaits test results on 28 people of 657 people tested.

CRT cancels summer season

Cortland Repertory Theatre has canceled its entire 2020 summer season, the theater announced Friday in an email.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has gripped us all with concern, not only for ourselves, but for our friends, neighbors and community,” said Kerby Thompson, producing artistic director, in a release.

“As always, CRT’s top priority is the health and well-being of our audience and volunteers, not to mention our staff, actors, technicians and musicians who come to us from around the country.”

In addition to the canceled season, all in-person youth workshops, camps and performances have been suspended.

“This is the most important decision this group has ever had to make,” said board President John Folmer.

All postponed shows, concerts and events from the spring have been rescheduled to the fall, starting with the musical quartet

“Well Strung” on Sept. 12, Thompson said. More information can be found at

Decisions on rescheduling the summer shows into 2021 have yet to be made.

“We are developing and exploring other exciting entertainment options, including online performances,” Thompson said. “At times like these, the arts are needed more than ever to offer some relief.”

Subscribers or flex pass purchasers willing to donate part or all of their 2020 subscriptions, fully tax-deductible, to help CRT through the upcoming lean months can email the request to

Cayuga Health tests more than 400 from Cortland

ITHACA –– Cayuga Health announced Friday that it has screened more than 400 Cortland County residents for COVID-19. In total, it has screened 3,793 people.

It is encouraging more residents, including health care workers who may not have access to daily testing, to use the sampling center at The Shops at Ithaca Mall parking lot, open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

“We are committed to providing services to nearby local communities, like Cortland, where gaps may exist,” said Dr. Martin Stallone, CEO of Cayuga Health. “The Cayuga Health team has been coordinating closely with our six surrounding counties. We make daily phone calls to patients on the counties’ behalf so their resources can focus on contact tracing – which is vital.”

Screening includes swabbing the throat and nose, which is then sent out for results. Testing is offered with no out-of-pocket expense to residents.

Review screening criteria and register at A call center is available at 607-319-5708.

Bus riders must cover faces

Face masks or coverings became mandatory for customers on Cortland County public transit buses and TCAT, starting Friday.

The directive is part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order requiring face coverings in busy places during the coronavirus pandemic. The order went into effect at 8 p.m.

“We are asking TCAT riders to please follow Gov. Cuomo’s orders to help protect their fellow riders and bus operators as we all continue to grapple with this pandemic,” said General Manager Scot Vanderpool. “The face-covering order has enough flexibility to allow people to use materials they already own without having to spend money.”

“Wearing masks and other face coverings in public will help stop the spread and ultimately save lives,” said Cortland County Legislature Chairman Paul Heider.

Children 2 and younger are exempt, as are those who cannot cover their faces for medical reasons, TCAT announced.

SUNY Cortland gets $6.2 million

SUNY Cortland will receive $6.2 million through the federal CARES Act, Rep. Anthony Brindisi announced Friday.

The funds were among $42 million for colleges in Brindisi’s district.

“Our area is home to some of the best colleges and universities in the country,” said Brindisi (D-Utica). “I’ve heard from students, educators and administrators that COVID-19 has put a large burden on our higher education system. We rely on these schools to produce the next generation of leaders and I worked hard to make sure these dollars could help keep their doors open.”

The funds, administered by the Department of Education, come from the Higher Education Emergency Relief fund.