December 2, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 5/14

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Cortland County cases rise to 38

Cortland County reported two new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 38, up from 33 at the beginning of the week.

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

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 27 patients; none is hospitalized, although six have been. The department has received 1,530 negative test results from health care providers. Thirty-two people have recovered.

Tompkins County reported four new cases Tuesday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 136 among 5,440 tested people, the state Department of Health reported. The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reported 132 cases. Two people have died.

The Cayuga County Health Department reported no new cases Wednesday, remaining at 64. One person has died; none are hospitalized. Another 17 are quarantined and 12 are in isolation. It awaits test results on 300 people and has tested 1,419.

GreenStar worker positive

ITHACA — An employee at the GreenStar natural foods store at 770 Cascadilla St. has tested positive for COVID-19, and the Tompkins County Department suggests you get tested if you shopped at the store:

Friday — 7 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Saturday — 7 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

The department also recommends you self-quarantine for 14 days from when you last shopped at the store.

You can get tested at the Cayuga Health sampling site at The Shops at Ithaca Mall. It’s open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays but register at or call 607-319-5708.

Cortland County OK’d to perform elective surgery

Cortland County was one of 12 allowed to resume elective surgeries, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wednesday.

The governor previously announced the state will allow elective outpatient treatments to resume in counties and hospitals without significant risk of COVID-19 surge, and 47 counties can now resume elective surgeries.