December 2, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 5/20

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Cortland County cases of virus remain at 40

Cortland County reported no new cases COVID-19 on Tuesday, the number remaining at 40.

In total, 254 cases have been confirmed and three people have died in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 51 patients; none is hospitalized, although six have been. The Cortland County Health Department has received 2,199 negative test results from health care providers. Thirty-four people have recovered.

Tompkins County reported one new case Monday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 142 among 7,265 tested people, the state Department of Health reported. The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reported 141 cases. Two people have died.

The Cayuga County Health Department reported one new case Monday, raising the number to 72. One person has died; two are hospitalized. Another 25 are quarantined and 11 are in isolation. It awaits test results on 138 people and has tested 2,083.

Dryden, Freeville camps canceled

DRYDEN — The Town of Dryden Recreation Department has canceled summer camps in Dryden and Freeville.

Anyone with questions about the closures can email

County mental health department gets $30K

The Cortland County Mental Health Department has received $30,000 to improve its telehealth services.

The grant from Care Compass Network’s Telehealth Pilot Program will help the department expand HIPAA-compliant video conferencing services and buy equipment for clinicians.

“Our team has been appreciative of the support given to help us to continue supporting the mental health needs of those we serve and our clients are extremely grateful to still have access to their provider and their support to help see them through this crisis,” said Sharon MacDougall, director of community services with the department.

For details about the Mental Health Department’s services, go to www.cortland-co. org/433/Mental-Health.

Seventh region of NY to reopen today

The Capital Region has met all seven metrics required to begin Phase 1 one of the state’s reopening plan starting today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.

It joins Central New York — including Cortland and Cayuga counties — the Southern Tier and Tomkins County, Western New York, the North Country, the Finger Lakes and the Mohawk Valley.

Phase 1 reopens construction; manufacturing and wholesale supply chain; retail for curbside pickup and drop-off or in-store pickup; and agriculture, forestry and fishing.