December 1, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 5/21

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No new virus cases in Cortland County

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

In total, 259 cases have been confirmed and three people have died in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 49 patients; none is hospitalized, although six have been. The Cortland County Health Department has received 2,346 negative test results from health care providers. Thirty-five people have recovered.

Tompkins County reported three new cases Tuesday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 145 among 7,484 tested people, the state Department of Health reported. The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reported 142 cases. Two people have died.

The Cayuga County Health Department reported two new cases Wednesday, raising the number to 74. One person has died; three are hospitalized.

Another 32 are quarantined and 11 are in isolation. It awaits test results on 139 people and has tested 2,156.

TC3 lights stadium to honor grads

DRYDEN — Tompkins Cortland Community College will light Panthers Stadium tonight to pay tribute to the Class of 2020 on the night the college was to have celebrated commencement.

Turning the stadium lights on at the end of the commencement ceremony is a college tradition, even though the school moved to remote learning and canceled its sports season two months ago. The lights will go on at 8:20 p.m., or 20:20 in 24-hour clock format.

“We’re all disappointed by the way our semester ended, but we want to use this little gesture as a way of letting our college community know we haven’t forgotten what this day was supposed to be,” said Athletics Director Mick McDaniel, who conceived the idea. “This graduating class had to overcome challenges unlike any before, and we couldn’t be more proud.”

The college plans a commencement ceremony, but a date has not yet been set.

Ithaca College reopens Oct. 5

ITHACA — Ithaca College will reopen for on-campus instruction on Oct. 5, college President Shirley M. Collado announced this week.

“By putting a stake in the ground for an Oct. 5 start, we are giving our returning and new students the space they need to get ready for the upcoming year,” Collado said.

Ithaca College moved spring semester classes to remote instruction on March 23. Classes for the 2020-21 academic year would normally begin on Aug. 24.

“To provide a solid blueprint for our campus community in moving forward to embrace the 2020-21 academic year, we’ve created the college-wide Return to Campus Task Force, which has begun to work on a detailed plan for what our upcoming academic year specifically looks like and to think carefully through contingencies as this pandemic crisis continues to evolve,” Collado said.

Oneidas to reopen Turning Stone June 10

Oneida Indian Nation — which closed its gaming venues in March — announced this week it plans to reopen Turning Stone and other venues on June 10.

The June 10 target date will allow the Oneida Indian Nation’s enterprises to assess updated metrics and consider other regional openings.

Access will be limited to people from within a 120 mile radius, with identification verification. Also, no concerts or other shows will be offered until mass gatherings can be done safely.

“The comprehensive plan we have developed for the limited reopening of our operations is based on guidelines and input from public health experts to make certain that — as always — our policies prioritize the health and safety of our employees, guests and broader community,” said Oneida Indian Nation Representative and Oneida Nation Enterprises CEO Ray Halbritter.

Cayugas reopen gaming facility

UNION SPRINGS — The Cayuga Nation has reopened its Lakeside Entertainment gaming facility in Union Springs.

The Nation reopened the casino Friday morning with protective measures in place to counter the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As other businesses in the Central New York and Finger Lakes regions are beginning to reopen on May 15, our gaming commission viewed this as an appropriate time to resume operations, with new health and safety guidelines issued by the National Indian Gaming Commission in place and with consideration of federal guidelines,” Clint Halftown, the Nation’s federally recognized representative, said in a news release.

New York state’s reopenings do not yet include casinos and gaming facilities, but a recent federal court decision found that the Cayuga Nation’s gaming operation is exempt from state and local laws.

The nation said that the number of machines available at the facility will initially be reduced to 31, which is two thirds of its normal capacity.

— The (Auburn) Citizen