October 21, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 5/28

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Cortland County cases of virus remain at 43

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

In total, 283 cases have been confirmed and three people have died in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 36 patients; none is hospitalized, although six have been. The Cortland County Health Department has received 3,189 negative test results. Forty people have recovered.

Tompkins County reported one new case Tuesday, raising the number to 155 cases among 9,209 tested people, the state Department of Health reported. The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reported 154 cases. Two people have died.

The Cayuga County Health Department reported one new case Wednesday, raising the number to 85. One person has died; two are hospitalized.

Another 60 are quarantined and 14 are in isolation. It awaits test results on 139 people and has tested 3,363.

Walmart shopper tests positive for COVID-19

A shopper at Walmart in Cortlandville who was not wearing a mask has tested positive for COVID-19, and the Cortland County Health Department said anyone who shopped at the store from 5 to 6 p.m. May 17 may have been exposed.

Health officials could not identify which parts of the store the shopper visited.

People who may have been exposed at the 819 Bennie Road store should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19, the department advises, including fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting or diarrhea for 14 days after their potential exposure.

If symptoms do develop, stay home and call a doctor for further guidance about testing. If you are elderly, have underlying medical conditions, or have a compromised immune system, call your doctor early even if your illness is mild. In an emergency call 911.

Some people who are positive for COVID- 19 do not have symptoms, so it is important to stay home to slow the spread of COVID-19. If you need essentials, stay at least 6 feet away from others at all times and wear a cloth face mask. Wash your hands often, cover coughs and sneezes, disinfect surfaces and stay informed.

For details and guidance, call the Cortland County hotline at 607-756-3415, or visit the websites of the state Department of Health or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.