October 26, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 5/23

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Cortland County’s number of virus cases rises to 42

Cortland County reported one new case of COVID- 19 on Friday, raising the number to 42. In total, 265 cases have been confirmed and three people have died in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 52 patients; none is hospitalized, although six have been. The Cortland County Health Department has received 2,609 negative test results from health care providers. Thirty-six people have recovered.

Tompkins County reported two new cases Thursday, raising the number of confirmed remaining at 147 among 7,974 tested people, the state Department of Health reported. The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reported 145 cases. Two people have died.

The Cayuga County Health Department reported one new case Friday, raising the number to 76. One person has died; three are hospitalized. Another 36 are quarantined and 11 are in isolation. It awaits test results on 127 people and has tested 2,551.

Tompkins County ready for Phase 2 next week

ITHACA — Tompkins County is likely to progress next week to Phase 2 of the state’s reopening process, County Administrator Jason Molino said Thursday evening.

Tompkins County officials had a live-streamed session to share updates on the Southern Tier regional reopening.

The Southern Tier is on track to move on to Phase 2 on May 29. Tompkins County Administrator Jason Molino said in response to the State COVID-19 Dashboard numbers for the Southern Tier, “We are well-positioned to graduate to the next phase, and future phases from there,” he said.

Under Phase 2, industries that can reopen include professional services including hair salons and barber shops, retail businesses, administrative support and real estate, albeit with changes to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Tompkins County beaches closed; camping expands

While 16 state beaches will open this weekend, no beaches in Tompkins County will, county officials said Thursday night.

However, seasonal camping in RVs has been allowed in Tompkins County, and it was announced that RV camping for shorter stays will be allowed as well.

Public Health Director Frank Kruppa stated, “We want to get people back to the things they love and want,” Public Health Director Frank Kruppa said. “We just want to make sure that we do it in the safest manner possible.”