December 5, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 5/2

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Cortland: 32 Tompkins: 128 Cayuga: 52

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Cortland County remained at 32 Friday. 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 six. One person is hospitalized, bringing to six the total who have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 1,114 negative test results from health care providers. Thirty-one people have recovered.

Tompkins County reported one new case as of Thursday, making 128 confirmed cases among 3,572 tested people, the state Department of Health reported. The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reported the same. Two people have died, although neither was a Tompkins resident, state data show.

The Cayuga County Health Department reported no new cases Friday, which remained at 52. One person has died; none are hospitalized. Another 50 are quarantined and five are in isolation. It awaits test results on 15 people of 1,015 people tested.

SUNY Cortland addresses loss of commencement

SUNY Cortland announced a three-part effort Thursday to address the loss of a commencement ceremony because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

University President Erik Bitterbaum said in a letter to the campus, the college plans:

  • Virtual Class of 2020 celebration — May 16, the original weekend of this year’s commencement ceremonies. Bitterbaum will post a video message, followed over the next several days by others at the college’s commencement page. The college will have an online event from May 26 to 29, as well.
  • A commemorative mailing — this fall, including their diploma cover (if purchased), a Class of 2020 celebration booklet, honors tassels for qualifying undergraduates and more.
  • Participation in the spring 2021 commencement — Class of 2020 graduates who would like to return to campus for a traditional commencement ceremony can participate in spring 2021.

Guthrie: Don’t delay care

Don’t delay medical care because you fear contracting COVID-19, suggests the Guthrie health care system.

Guthrie follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s best practices and guidelines for infection control and prevention. It screens patients, separates patients with respiratory symptoms, provides masks and cleans and disinfects regularly.

The agency has revised waiting room workflows to promote social distancing. Some locations may ask patients to wait in their cars. Others take patients directly to examining rooms.

“If chronic issues like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes go unchecked, they could worsen and, in some cases, require hospitalization.” said Dr. Christopher Fucito.

Tractor Supply donates $250K

Tractor Supply Co., which operates a store in Cortlandville, will donate $250,000 to the New York State COVID-19 First Responders Fund to help with food, transportation, child care and housing.

“It’s an honor for all of us at Tractor Supply to support frontline healthcare workers in New York as they serve those in need during this crisis,” said Christi Korzekwa, Tractor Supply’s senior vice president of marketing.

The company operates 90 stores in New York, employing 1,800 people.