November 30, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 5/22

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Cortland County virus cases increase to 41

Cortland County reported one new case of COVID-19 on Thursday, raising the number to 41.

In total, 261 cases have been confirmed and three people have died in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 47 patients; none is hospitalized, although six have been. The Cortland County Health Department has received 2,428 negative test results from health care providers. Thirty-six people have recovered.

Tompkins County reported no new cases Wednesdayk, the number of confirmed remaining at 145 among 7,683 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 Wednesday, raising the number to 75. One person has died; three are hospitalized.

Another 35 are quarantined and 12 are in isolation. It awaits test results on 23 people and has tested 2,310.

Homer farmers market canceled

The Homer village farmers market won’t happen this year, the village announced Thursday.

“In these unprecedented times, the village board will continue to review the situation to determine if programs can be added back safely, held at a later time, or a new program added later in the year,” the release states. “We would like to thank the community for its continued support and hope everyone stays well.”

Village Clerk Dan Egnor said with village workers furloughed through the end of July and the need to train people to comply with rules for the use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, the market wouldn’t be adequately run.

“This has to be a deliberate and controlled process,” he said.

TCAT summer service to begns this weekend

DRYDEN — Many routes will be modified for the summer, but TCAT will still operate reduced service to mirror lower demand when summer service starts Sunday.

Ridership is down to only about 5 percent of what it was before the coronavirus pandemic escalated state-at-home-directives and closings in mid-March, the service announced. Restrictions are being lifted, but managers expect ridership to remain lower than normal over the summer.

Summer service typically ends in late August, but TCAT will operate the summer schedule indefinitely.

For the summer, TCAT will continue to extend many routes to seven days a week with some additional trips for urban service.

For summer schedules go to

16 state beaches to open for swimming

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation opened 16 beaches across the state for swimming today, with lifeguards staffed at normal levels to ensure public safety.

The closest beaches to the greater Cortland area are Green Lakes State Park in Manlius, Onondaga County, and Chenango Valley State Park in Chenango Forks. Broome County.

Beach-goers should practice social distancing and respect the rules, the state announced Thursday.

State park police and operations staff will patrol beaches, boardwalks and parking fields to ensure compliance with social distancing and crowd control measures. People who do no comply will be asked to leave.

Beach-goers should visit only with members of their immediate household and:

  • Maintain 6 feet of space while swimming and on beaches and boardwalks.
  • Keep beach blankets and chairs at least 10 feet apart.
  • Wear a mask when unable to maintain social distance.
  • Refrain from group activities.

The parks will limit parking and other entry to keep facilities at 50% of capacity, and will prohibit group activities. It will close concession stands and other gathering areas.

Swimming availability varies by park.

Central New York

Green Lakes: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Fair Haven Beach: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Southern Tier

Chenango Valley: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Mohawk Valley

Delta Lake: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Glimmerglass 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Check, and 511 for park capacity closure alerts.

Cemetery cancels Memorial Day dinner

Taylor Rural Cemetery has announced that because the COVID-19 pandemic, it has canceled its annual Memorial Day dinner.