December 8, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 4/28

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County virus cases still at 32

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Cortland County remained at 32 Monday. The county last confirmed a case of coronavirus on April 16.

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

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 16 people. One person is hospitalized, bringing to six the total who have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 1,014 negative test results from health care providers. Thirty-one people have recovered.

Tompkins County reports 126 confirmed cases among 3,360 tested people, the state Department of Health reported Sunday, as did the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. Two people have died, although neither was a Tompkins resident, state data show.

The Cayuga County Health Department reported no new cases Monday, remaining at 48. One person has died; none are hospitalized.

Another 69 are quarantined and four are in isolation. It awaits test results on 15 people of 899 people tested.

Empire Senior Games delayed

Because SUNY Cortland has closed its campus until July 31, the Empire State Senior Games have been postponed to a staggered schedule over the late summer and early fall, Director Machell Phelps announced Monday.

“Once we are able to set dates, I will email those already registered and reopen registration for that sport,” Phelps said in a letter to people on the event’s mailing list. “If you cannot attend or decide not to, there will be options for you regarding fees already paid.”

“We will do our best to run as many things as possible,” Phelps added.

No event will be scheduled until the Cortland County Health Department and state allow it, given the coronavirus pandemic. Updates are being posted to the games’ Facebook page and its website,

The event typically draws more than 1,100 competitors over 50 from all parts of the state. The economic benefit was about $358,000 in 2019, the Cortland Regional Sports Council estimates.

Dryden Dairy Day canceled

DRYDEN — Dryden Dairy Day has been canceled because of the COVDI-19 pandemic, but its planning committee has started working on 2021 plans and offers other ways to support dairy farmers:

Milk Donation: Dryden Dairy Day is partnering with Trinity Valley Milk and Dryden Central School District to supply milk for the school food program. The group has already donated over 400 gallons. Donations can be made by sending a check to Dryden Grange, c/o Pat Brennan, 50 Lake Road, Dryden, N.Y. 13053.

Touring/Traveling Parade: The committee plans a touring parade through the village June 13. The route will be posted the last week of May.

Time Square will be decorated with cows. Have a cow? Drop it off May 26 behind the benches in Time Square. New cows will be available for purchase at www.drydendairyday. org/, to be picked up at the Dryden Agway.

Scholarship: A $300 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior in the Dryden School District who has been accepted to a two- or four-year college to study agriculture.

Hospital gets $1.75 million

Rep. Anthony Brindisi announced Monday that Guthrie Cortland Medical Center will get $1.75 million from the CARES Act, among more than $36 million for medical institutions in the 22nd district.

Brindisi and Rep. John Katko (R-Syracuse) worked together to urge the Department of Health and Human Services to release other aid for the hospitals.

The recipients:

  • Community Memorial Hospital: $736,000.
  • Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare: $5.5 million.
  • Guthrie Cortland Medical Center: $1.75 million.
  • Little Falls Hospital: $584,000.
  • Oneida Healthcare: $1.9 million.
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital: $6.6 million.
  • Rome Memorial Hospital: $1.5 million.
  • St. Elizabeth Medical Center: $4.1 million.
  • UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital: $1.4 million.
  • United Health Services Hospitals Inc: $12.5 million.