October 16, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 5/27

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Cortland: 43 Cayuga: 84 Tompkins: 154

Cortland County reported no new case of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the number remaining at 43.

In total, 281 cases have been confirmed and three people have died in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 45 patients; none is hospitalized, although six have been. The Cortland County Health Department has received 3,138 negative test results. Thirty-nine people have recovered.

Tompkins County reported no new cases Monday, remaining at 154 cases among 8,945 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 five new cases Tuesday, raising the number to 84. One person has died; two are hospitalized. Another 50 are quarantined and 16 are in isolation. It awaits test results on 147 people and has tested 3,285.

93-year-old virus patient released with applause

ITHACA — Cayuga Medical Center released a 93-year-old coronavirus patient Tuesday to the applause of staff.

Margaret Mellens of Horseheads was admitted April 14 and returned to her daughter’s home. She has 17 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren, and great-greatgrandchildren, the hospital announced.

“I would like to recognize our doctors, nurses, and everyone that cared for Ms. Mellens over the past 43 days,” said Martin Stallone, CEO of Cayuga Health. “This story is unique, and it is with great pleasure that we were able to celebrate her recovery today. It provides us all with a wonderful feeling of hope during this pandemic.”

Nearly two-thirds of the 23,564 deaths caused by coronavirus in New York were of patients over 70, the state Department of Health reports, while the U.S. Census Bureau estimates fewer than 20% of New York’s residents are that old.