January 20, 2022

Coronavirus briefs 5/26

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Cortland: 43 Cayuga: 79 Tompkins: 154

Cortland County reported one new case of COVID-19 over the weekend, raising the number to 43. In total, 276 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 3,039 negative test results. Thirty-nine people have recovered.

Tompkins County reported seven new cases Friday through Sunday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 154 among 8,897 tested people, the state Department of Health reported. The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reported 151 cases. Two people have died.

The Cayuga County Health Department reported three new cases over the weekend, raising the number to 79. One person has died; two are hospitalized. Another 43 are quarantined and 11 are in isolation. It awaits test results on 107 people and has tested 3,203.

Diocese resumes public Mass

SYRACUSE — Public Masses will resume Saturday for the Syracuse Diocese on the Solemnity of Pentecost, Bishop Douglas J. Lucia announced.

Public Masses must be within the 10-person rule indoors, but outdoor and parking lot Masses are allowed using instructions and protocols from the diocese. Churches will not be able to reopen unless they are able to meet the protocols to keep people safe and healthy, Lucia said.

The bishop said he hopes the gathering number will change before the weekend to at least 25% capacity.

“I also ask for your flexibility because another outbreak of COVID-19 may require us to temporarily close again or to alter our current instructions and protocols,” Lucia wrote in his letter to the people.

Chemung Canal to expand hours

Nineteen of Chemung Canal Trust Co.’s 25 offices, including Cortland’s, will return to its regular hours of operation starting today, the company has announced. The offices will continue accepting transactions through its drive-up windows, which are also accessible to walk-up pedestrians. Lobbies will remain closed except by appointment.

“Although we are expanding our hours, we are committed to providing a safe and healthy banking experience for our customers and our employees by continuing to operate using our drive-up and walk-up windows,” said Anders M. Tompson, president and CEO.