The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Cortland County remained at 32 on Friday, the county reported, the latest numbers available. 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 117 confirmed cases among 2,695 tested people, the state Department of Health reported Saturday, although the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reports 119 confirmed cases. Two people have died, although neither was a Tompkins resident, state data show.
The Cayuga County Health Department reported one new case over the weekend, totaling 45. One person has died; none are hospitalized. Another 36 are quarantined and 13 are in isolation. It awaits test results on eight people of 718 people tested.
Cayuga reopens golf courses
Cayuga County has reversed course and will allow golf courses to open today, as long as certain rules are followed to avoid the spread of coronavirus.
The decision, which voids an April 9 executive order, is based on new state directive issued Friday. While golf courses remain not essential and cannot have employees working on-premise, except essential services, such as groundskeeping, operators may permit individuals access to the property so long as there are no gatherings and appropriate social distancing is followed.
Golfers may walk the course and carry their bags. Golf carts will not be available and clubhouses and locker rooms will not be open.
The state also lifted restrictions on marinas and boatyards as long as they adhere to strict social distancing and sanitization protocols. Recreational boating is permissible, but chartered watercraft services or rentals are not.
Tompkins seeks mask makers
ITHACA – Tompkins County is seeking volunteers to help make masks for essential workers.
Essential businesses can request cloth masks for their employees through a process set up by the Tompkins County Emergency Operations Center. Volunteers cannot have been in close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
Volunteers — either with sewing experience or able to help them — can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Veterans begin buddy checks
Clear Path for Veterans has launched a buddy check program to help veterans cope with isolation and improve emotional wellness during the pandemic.
Veterans, military member, or relatives can talk to a buddy check team member by phone at 315-687-3300 or email cpvbuddyCheck@clearpathforvets.com, the non-profit support agency announced Thursday. Send the request and a team member will contact you within two hours.
Members of the buddy check team are not mental health professionals and cannot provide mental health services. If mental health needs are identified, mental health triage will be provided by a licensed behavioral health specialist, on a case by case basis, in order to refer the caller to appropriate resources.
Requests made outside of normal operating hours will be answered in the order they are received the following business day.