October 25, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 5/5

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Number of coronavirus cases in Cortland County stays 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 six. One person is hospitalized, bringing to six the total who have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 1,184 negative test results from health care providers. Thirty-one people have recovered.

Tompkins County reported one new case as of Sunday, rising to 129 confirmed cases among 3,843 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 over the weekend, remaining at 52. One person has died; none are hospitalized. Another 37 are quarantined and one is in isolation. It awaits test results on 15 people of 1,054 people tested.

Madison reports 70 new cases of coronavirus in 3 days

WAMPSVILLE — Madison County has seen 70 new cases of coronavirus since Friday, to 121 from 51, following cases confirmed at a nursing home and at Green Empire Farms.

Six people have died, the latest a resident of The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing in Chittenango.

“We are working hard to make sure measures are in place to limit exposure for the staff and residents of the facility,” the Madison Health Department announced. “There is limited risk to the surrounding community.”

Madison County and the state Department of Health screened 186 people on the first day of a testing site at Green Empire Farms in Oneida, leading to most of the 70-case spike.

“We decided to conduct a joint test site with these workers because we knew that a large number of people were possibly exposed,” Public Health Director Eric Faisst said. “We now understand how much this virus has spread within this community so that we can better contain it.”

Dairy parade canceled

The Cortland County Dairy Parade, which was supposed to be June 2, has been canceled because of the coronavirus, the Cortland County Dairy Promotion Committee has announced.

“We truly hoped that it would not come to this, however many factors went into our decision and we feel that it is for the best this year,” the committee said via social media. “We are working on how to best celebrate dairy and our local dairy farmers during this time, so please be on the lookout for how we are going to accomplish that!”

The committee also thanked farmers and regular parade participants.

“Please continue to purchase dairy and support your local farmers,” the statement said. “Reach out if you have questions about dairy and what is happening within the industry. Lastly, spread love (and butter!) today and every day!”

Disaster loans available for agriculture businesses

Agricultural businesses are now eligible for Economic Injury Disaster loans and advance programs, U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza announced Monday, something it hasn’t been able to do for three decades.

The administration reopened its loan portal when Congress authorized funding through the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act. The legislation, signed into law a week ago, provided funding for farmers and ranchers and other agricultural businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“For more than 30 years, SBA has been prohibited by law from providing disaster assistance to agricultural businesses; however, as a result of the unprecedented legislation enacted by President Trump, American farmers, ranchers and other agricultural businesses will now have access to emergency working capital,” Carranza said.

The SBA will begin accepting new applications on a limited basis only. Agricultural businesses that submitted a loan application before the legislative change do not need to re-apply. All other applications submitted before April 15 will be processed in chronological order.