October 25, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 4/29

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Number of Cortland County virus cases remains steady 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 13 people. One person is hospitalized, bringing to six the total who have been hospitalized.

The Cortland County Health Department has received 1,019 negative test results from health care providers. Thirty-one people have recovered.

Tompkins County reports 126 confirmed cases among 3,373 tested people, the state Department of Health reported Monday, 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 one new case Tuesday, rising to 49. One person has died; none are hospitalized. Another 71 are quarantined and four are in isolation. It awaits test results on 11 people of 931 people tested.

TC3 president named to state panel on re-opening

DRYDEN – Tompkins Cortland Community College President Orinthia Montague has been named to a state advisory board to help coordinate the reopening of the state after the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the creation of the board Tuesday. It includes more than 100 business, community and civic leaders.

“As we prepare for the next phase of our response to this pandemic, I’m honored to represent the college and our community as part of the governor’s advisory board,” Montague said. “This pandemic has hit us all hard, but it’s time to work on moving forward.”

Cayuga County lays off 11% of workforce until July 31

The Cayuga County Legislature voted Tuesday to lay off 11% of its workers from Sunday until July 31 in anticipation of lost revenue from the coronavirus pandemic.

The county now operates at half staffing in buildings.

Brindisi plans telephone town hall Thursday to talk about virus

Rep. Anthony Brindisi will have a telephone town hall Thursday with experts to field questions about the coronavirus pandemic, his office announced Tuesday.

The session with Brindisi (D-Utica) will be 5 p.m. and constituents can RSVP at brindisi.house.gov/live to receive the call or dial 855-614-0159 to hear it. It will be streamed with closed captions at brindisi.house.gov/live.

Madison County says COVID-19 found in nursing facility

WAMPSVILLE — The Madison County Health Department reported Tuesday that coronavirus has been confirmed at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing in Chittenango.

“Madison County recognizes that residents and people with family members in the nursing facility may be concerned when they see the growing numbers over the past few days,” the department said in a statement. “We are working hard to make sure measures are in place to limit exposure for the staff and residents of the facility. There is limited risk to the surrounding community.” Visitation has been suspended in facilities like The Grand.

Madison County has reported 126 cases of coronavirus, including three deaths.

Cayuga Health to resume outpatient elective surgeries

Cayuga Health announced Tuesday that it meets Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s requirements to resume outpatient elective surgeries starting Monday at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca.

The state requirements consist of fewer than 10 new hospitalizations of coronavirus patients in the county over the past 10 days. Patients also must test negative for COVID-19.

“For the past seven weeks, COVID-19 has impacted our operation throughout Cayuga Health System,” said Dr. Martin Stallone, president and CEO of Cayuga Health. “We are ready and able to resume elective surgery with an adequate supply of PPE, all infection control measures will be followed, and safety monitoring is already in place to make sure our patients are safe.”

Cornell Botanic Gardens closes arboretum to vehicles

Cornell Botanic Gardens has modified access to its grounds and trails to keep them open to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, closing the 100-acre F.R. Newman Arboretum to vehicles so pedestrians can maintain social distancing.

“Research shows that time spent in nature — even as little as 10 minutes — boosts physical and mental well-being,” said Christopher Dunn, the Elizabeth Newman Wilds executive director of the gardens. “Providing opportunities to be outdoors at Cornell Botanic Gardens is all the more important for our mutual protection while stay-at-home orders are in place.”

Visitors who drive to the arboretum can park in Cornell University’s B lot, adjacent to the College of Veterinary Medicine. No restrooms are available.

The grounds around the Nevin Welcome Center also are open, as are trails in on-campus and off-campus natural areas, except the Lower Cascadilla Gorge.