December 2, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 5/6

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Cortland: 32
Tompkins: 129
Cayuga: 52

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 five patients; none is hospitalized, although six have been. The Cortland County Health Department has received 1,197 negative test results from health care providers. Thirty-two people have recovered.

Tompkins County reported no new cases Monday, remaining at 129 confirmed cases among 3,895 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 one new case Tuesday, raising the number to 53. One person has died; none are hospitalized. Another 29 are quarantined and two are in isolation. It awaits test results on 22 people of 1,074 people tested.

Housing authorities receive federal help

Cortland Housing Authority will receive $39,522 under the CARES Act for tenant-based rental assistance, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced Monday.

The funds are part of $9. 22 million in federal funding allocated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development for Tenant-Based Rental Assistance, which funds the HUD Housing Choice Voucher Program.

“As New York still reels from the devastating effects of the ongoing pandemic, we need to do all we can to support affordable housing for our most vulnerable residents, Schumer said.

“As public health officials continue to urge people across the country to stay home, we need to make sure that we provide the necessary support to vulnerable New Yorkers hit hardest by the economic impacts caused by COVID-19,” Gillibrand said.

Among other recipients, the Auburn Housing Authority will get $49,472 and the Ithaca Housing Authority will get $148,350.

Bill would let food banks buy from farmers

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, introduced legislation Tuesday to allow food banks to buy fruits, vegetables and other crops directly from farmers.

“Like many Americans dealing with the economic fallout from the COVID-19 outbreak, farmers in New York and across the country are struggling to make ends meet,” said Gillibrand (D-N.Y.). “The Food Bank Access to Farm Fresh Produce Act will not only provide them with a new chain of potential buyers, but it will put money directly in their pockets by cutting out middlemen and will deliver fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables to millions of Americans facing food insecurity.”

According to Feeding America, a leading hunger relief organization, demand at food banks has increased 70%.

Gillibrand’s proposal would provide $8 billion in block grants to food banks in the top vegetable and fruit producing states. Food banks could use the money to both buy the food, process and distribute it.