October 22, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 4/23

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Cases of coronavirus remain at 32 in Cortland County

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Cortland County remained at 32 Tuesday. In total, three people have died in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties.

The county Health Department was monitoring 42 people. Two people are hospitalized, bringing to six the total who have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 858 negative test results from health care providers. Twenty-four people have recovered.

Tompkins County reports 119 confirmed cases among 2,746 tested people, the state Department of Health and Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reported Tuesday. Two people have died, although neither was a Tompkins resident, state data show.

The Cayuga County Health Department reported no new cases Tuesday, remaining at 46. One person has died; none are hospitalized. Another 43 are quarantined and six are in isolation. It awaits test results on 19 people of 730 people tested.

State warns consumers of scams involving federal stimulus checks

The state Division of Consumer Protection is alerting consumers about scammers taking advantage of COVID-19, using phishing emails, texts, phone calls and social media to try to steal economic impact payments and personal information

You don’t need to take any action to receive your stimulus payment if you filed a tax return in 2018 or 2019 or received Social Security retirement, disability, Supplemental Security income, Railroad Retirement or Veterans Administration compensation.

“Taxpayers and tax preparers must be especially wary during this unprecedented time,” said Michael Schmidt, commissioner of taxation and finance. “Cyber thieves are asking taxpayers or tax preparers to verify banking information via a phone call or link that goes to a fake website, where unsuspecting victims enter their private information.”

To protect yourself:

  • Visit the IRS website for details on stimulus checks. The government will never call to ask for your Social Security number, bank account or credit card number.
  • Delete emails asking for personal information to receive a stimulus check.
  • Avoid clicking on links or email attachments in unsolicited emails.
  • Do not agree to sign over your economic impact payment check.
  • Be wary of bogus checks. Scammers may mail you a bogus check, then tell the taxpayer to call a number or verify information online.
  • Do not cash unsolicited checks. Scammers use this tactic to get your bank account information.
  • Hang up on illegal robocallers.
  • Notify the IRS if you are contacted by a potential scammer at phishing@irs.gov.