December 2, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 4/23

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Cortland County cases of virus remain at 32 for sixth day in row

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Cortland County remained at 32 Wednesday, the sixth consecutive day without a new confirmed case.

In total, three people have died in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties.

The county Health Department was monitoring 41 people. Two people are hospitalized, bringing to six the total who have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 887 negative test results from health care providers. Twenty-six people have recovered.

Tompkins County reports 119 confirmed cases among 2,758 tested people, the state department of Health and Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reported Wednesday. Two people have died, although neither was a Tompkins resident, state data show.

The Cayuga County Health Department reported no new cases Wednesday, remaining at 46. One person has died; none are hospitalized. Another 47 are quarantined and three are in isolation. It awaits test results on nine people of 777 people tested.

Madison County board lifts voluntary stay-at-home order

WAMPSVILLE – Madison County Board of Supervisors and Madison County Health Department lifted its April 7 voluntary stay home order on Thursday, which asked residents to alternate days they go out for necessary items to stop the spread of coronavirus.

New York’s face-covering requirement coupled with data that shows social distancing is working led to the decision, according to the county.

“Thank you to the community for all of their efforts,” county Public Health Director Eric Faisst said in a release. “Currently we have a hundred people who have recovered from this virus in Madison County, and have under 20 active positive cases. However, we need to remain diligent; lifting the voluntary order does not give us a green light to let down our guard.”

Residents should continue to stay home and go out in public only when it is essential, Faisst said. People should wear a face covering in public, especially when they are unable to maintain social distancing. The cloth face covering should cover both the nose and mouth.

Hampton Inn in Cortland donates rooms to medics

The Hampton Inn on River Street in Cortland is donating hotel rooms to frontline medical professionals who need a place to sleep, recharge, or isolate from their families.

The hotel chain is initially working with 11 associations, who collectively represent more than 1 million health care workers, to provide access to the program.

The Hampton Inn is located at 26 River St., near Interstate 81’s Exit 11.

Essential Tompkins County businesses can get cloth masks

Essential businesses that need cloth masks for their employees can request them of the Tompkins County Chamber and Tompkins County Public Health Department.

A state executive order requires essential businesses to supply masks to employees who come in direct contact with customers and members of the public.

“It has been incredible to see the outpouring of support from our community to help provide masks to essential workers,” said Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa. “The emergency operations center has been able to coordinate the collection and production of masks that we are able to make available for immediate distribution.”

“It’s important that people remember that masks protect others from the wearer — essentially my mask protects you and your mask protects me,” Kruppa added