October 18, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 5/29

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Cortland County cases of virus remain at 43

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

In total, 290 cases have been confirmed and three people have died in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 28 patients; none is hospitalized, although six have been. The Cortland County Health Department has received 3,372 negative test results. Forty people have recovered.

Tompkins County reported one new case Wednesday, raising the number to 156 cases among 9,319 tested people, the state Department of Health reported. The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reported 155 cases. Two people have died.

The Cayuga County Health Department reported six new cases Thursday, raising the number to 91. One person has died; two are hospitalized. Another 67 are quarantined and 18 are in isolation. It awaits test results on 125 people and has tested 3,499.

Woman with virus released after 57 days

ITHACA –– Cayuga Medical Center released its first long-term coronavirus patient on Thursday, 57 days after she was admitted.

Joan Murphy, 71, a long-time Ithaca resident and nurse, checked herself into Cayuga Medical Center on March 31.

“I came to this hospital very sick. What I couldn’t do for myself, they (CMC staff) did for me,” Murphy said in a news release. “My son, who lives in Connecticut, is very relieved, and my brothers and sisters from all over the country were rooting for me.”

“Ms. Murphy had a long and tough battle, and was extremely determined to beat coronavirus,” said Martin Stallone, CEO of Cayuga Health. “It was through her strong will and with the managed coordinated care of our doctors, nurses and therapists, that we were able to send her home today.”