December 2, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 5/9

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Number of Cortland County virus cases remains at 33

Cortland County reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, remaining at 33 cases. However, four new cases were reported in Cayuga County, including an employee at a Lowes in Auburn.

People who shopped at the Lowes at 299 Grant Ave. between 11:45 a.m. and 8:45 p.m. Sunday should monitor themselves for symptoms of coronavirus, including fever, cough or difficulty breathing, for 14 days and seek testing if and treatment if necessary, Cayuga County County Public Health Director Kathleen Cuddy said.

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 1,376 negative test results from health care providers. Thirty-two people have recovered.

Tompkins County reported one new case Thursday, now up to 131 confirmed cases among 4,374 tested people, the state Department of Health reported.

The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reported 130 cases. Two people have died, although neither was a Tompkins resident, state data show.

The Cayuga County Health Department reported four new cases Friday, increasing to 58.

One person has died; none are hospitalized. Another 17 are quarantined and six are in isolation. It awaits test results on 46 people of 1,179 people tested.

Cayuga Health welcomes home professionals from mission

A team of healthcare providers returned home to Cayuga Health on Thursday, a month after they left to treat coronavirus patients at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan.

The doctors, nurses and nurse-support staff paired with teams from Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian to staff an expansion intensive care unit serving 30 to 50 patients who needed additional care because of severe pneumonia and other complications.

“We could not be prouder of our medical teams who have spent the past four weeks on the front lines of this pandemic helping our Weill Cornell Medicine and New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center counterparts to care for New Yorkers diagnosed with COVID-19,” said Dr. Martin Stallone, president and CEO of Cayuga Health. “This sharing of humanitarian support certainly highlights the commitment of our community to the greater good beyond our own region.”

“This heroic work requires all hands on deck, and we are profoundly grateful to Cayuga Health for its assistance in our hour of need,” said Dr Augustine M.K. Choi, the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean of Weill Cornell Medicine and provost for medical affairs of Cornell University.

Guthrie Cortland Medical Center gets $4.8 million from CARES Act

More than $20 million in federal aid, including $4.8 million for Guthrie Cortland Medical Center, will be sent to small and rural hospitals across upstate New York through the federal CARES Act, Rep. Anthony Brindisi announced Friday.

“We cannot allow our rural communities to be forgotten during this crisis,” said Brindisi (D-Utica). “These funds will be a Band-aid for our smaller rural hospitals but we are going to need more relief in order to stitch them up because the wounds from the pandemic are gaping.”

Among the recipients:
• Community Memorial Hospital: $3.9 million.
• Guthrie Cortland Medical Center: $4.8 million.
• Little Falls Hospital: $3.7 million.
• Oneida Healthcare: $5 million.
• Rome Memorial Hospital: $4.7 million.
• UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital: $4.4 million.

Cayuga County, union reach agreement furlough process

Cayuga County and its CSEA bargaining unit have reached agreement regarding the furlough process for its members to save money in the wake of lost revenue because of the pandemic.

The legislature voted in April to furlough 11% of its work force, or about 72 people. The furlough for CSEA members is effective Monday through July 31.

The county will continue to pay its portion for health insurance for those furloughed employees, said Aileen McNabb-Coleman, chairwoman of the Cayuga County Legislature.