October 26, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 5/8

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Cortland County’s number of virus cases remains at 33

Cortland County reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, remaining at 33 cases.

In total, three people have died in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring four patients; none is hospitalized, although six have been. The Cortland County Health Department has received 1,276 negative test results from health care providers. Thirty-two people have recovered.

Tompkins County reported one new case Wednesday, now up to 130 confirmed cases among 4,187 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 Thursday, remaining at 54. One person has died; none are hospitalized. Another 23 are quarantined and two are in isolation. It awaits test results on 20 people of 1,123 people tested.

Guthrie emergency departments remain open at 5 hospitals

Guthrie is reminding the public that the emergency departments at its five hospitals in Cortland, Corning in New York and and Sayre, Towanda and Troy, Pennsylvania, remain 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are safe to visit.

Patients should not avoid seeking care for fear of contracting COVID-19, according to the hospital group. Guthrie follows the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s best practices and guidelines for infection control and prevention by screening patients, separating patients with respiratory symptoms, providing masks to patients, visitors and staff, and cleaning and disinfecting regularly.

“Our communities can be confident that we have taken the necessary precautions to ensure all of our Emergency Departments are safe for patients to visit, despite the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Marc Harris, system chairman of emergency medicine at Guthrie.

Cayuga car showrooms to reopen by appointment

Vehicle sales have resumed in Cayuga County, but showings and sales must be by appointment and all interactions must follow social distancing guidelines.

The Cayuga County Health Department asked dealers to follow its guidelines in addition to the New Car Dealer Association’s onsite safety protocols.

In addition to showing vehicles by appointment, it suggests removing breakroom chairs to improve social-distancing, be aware of employees calling in sick and their symptoms may be.

And be very aware who is in contact with whom, because the Health Department would need this information if it must trace contacts following a confirmed diagnosis.

“As chair of the Cayuga County Legislature, I want to thank our area dealers for their compliance and enforcement of these guidelines from both the dealer associations’ proposal and the guidance above from our local health department,” said Aileen McNabbColeman, chairwoman of the Cayuga County Legislature.

Arc takes precautions

Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 positive cases in Madison County, The Arc Madison Cortland is reminding the community of its safeguards to keep all employees and the people it supports healthy.

The Arc Madison Cortland implemented COVID-related symptom checks for all personnel entering the facility at the beginning of each shift, and every 12 hours thereafter, if still on duty.

All staff wear face coverings and other personal protective equipment as needed. Additionally, Arc continues to complete health checks for all people who live in the organization’s residential settings.

Madison County saw a spike in the number of coronavirus cases — to 246 confirmed cases on Wednesday from just 51 on Friday — following an outbreak at Green Empire Farms, a hydroponic greenhouse facility.

NYSEG, RG&E give $300,000

NYSEG and the Avangrid Foundation announced Thursday an additional donation of $175,000 to emergency response organizations across its service area to support COVID-19 response and recovery.

Community relief funds will get $125,000; 14 food resource programs will share $50,000.

Receiving $50,000 each are Central New York COVID-19 Community Support Fund, Cayuga County COVID-19 and the Madison County Rural Poverty Fund; Western NY COVID-19 Community Response Fund; and Community Foundation for South Central NY COVID-19 Response Fund.