January 18, 2022

Coronavirus briefs 5/12

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Cortland County COVID-19 cases increase to 34

Cortland County reported a new case of COVID-19 Monday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 34.

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

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 10 patients; none is hospitalized, although six have been. The Cortland County Health Department has received 1,439 negative test results from health care providers. Thirty-two people have recovered.

Tompkins County reported no new cases Monday, remaining at 132 confirmed cases among 5,174 tested people, the state Department of Health reported. The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reported the same. Two people have died.

The Cayuga County Health Department reported one new case Monday, raising the number to 63. One person has died; none are hospitalized. Another 17 are quarantined and 12 are in isolation. It awaits test results on 105 people of 1,274 people tested.

United Way to give aid to fight hunger

The United Way of Cortland County will distribute more than $55,000 in federal funding to help people who face hunger or homelessness.

The money, $22,778 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and $32,475 from the federal CARES Act, can be distributed to any nonprofit, faith-based or governmental organization that provides emergency food, shelter and supportive services.

To apply, submit a letter of intent to Christella Yonta at the United Way for Cortland County director@cortlandunitedway.org by May 27. Yonta can be reached at 607-756-5639 for any questions.

Cayuga County offers clinic for virus testing

Cayuga County has scheduled clinics today for essential workers to be tested for COVID-19 — the viral testing swab, not the antibody test.

Essential workers include grocery store, convenience and hardware store employees, restaurant workers, first responders, law enforcement, correction officers, health care providers. This is for essential workers and their adult household members. The county is not testing children at this clinic.

The Cayuga County Health Department will offer drive-through COVID-19 clinics by appointment only starting 8:30 a.m. today. Appointments can be made by calling the Cayuga County Health Department main line at 315-253-1560.

For after hours contact or if you have difficulty reaching the main line, email the county at cchealth@cayugacounty.us. Leave your full name and phone number and the county will call you during business hours.

87 cases of virus found in Oneida

WAMPSVILLE — Madison County Health Department Friday once again did a walkthrough of the Green Empire Farms in Oneida, after two days of large-scale testing found 87 of its employees tested positive for COVID-19.

County health officials found that Green Empire Farms does indeed have many protocols in place to limit the possible spread of COVID-19, including taking employees’ temperatures, sanitizing hands and boots, social distancing, staggering breaks and other measures.

Most of the employees are migrant workers living at nearby hotels, and the department is inspecting the hotels and advising their staffs about cleaning protocols and social distancing.