December 5, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 4/30

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Cortland County’s number of virus cases still at 32

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Cortland County remained at 32 Wednesday. 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 10 people. One person is hospitalized, bringing to six the total who have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 1,056 negative test results from health care providers. Thirty-one people have recovered.

Tompkins County reported one new case as of Tuesday, rising to 127 confirmed cases among 3,492 tested people, the state Department of Health reported. The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reported 126 cases. 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 49. One person has died; none are hospitalized. Another 69 are quarantined and three are in isolation. It awaits test results on 24 people of 967 people tested.

Elective surgery now allowed in Tompkins, Broome, Onondaga

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wednesday that 35 counties have been approved to resume elective outpatient treatments, including Tompkins, Broome, Onondaga, Chenango and Madison.

The governor previously announced that the state will allow elective outpatient treatments to resume in counties and hospitals without significant risk of COVID-19 surge in the near term.

The counties now eligible are: Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chenango, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Genesee, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orleans, Oswego, Putnam, Saratoga, Schoharie, Schuyler, St. Lawrence, Steuben, Sullivan, Tompkins, Ulster, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates.

Cuomo also announced New York conducts an average of 30,000 diagnostic tests for COVID-19 per day. Last week, the governor announced the state will work with the federal government to double New York’s testing capacity from 20,000 tests per day to 40,000 tests per day.