December 6, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 5/30

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Cortland County reports 2 new cases of coronavirus

Cortland County reported two new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, raising the number to 45.

In total, 295 cases have been confirmed and three people have died in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 41 patients; none is hospitalized, although six have been. The Cortland County Health Department has received 3,539 negative test results. Forty people have recovered.

Tompkins County reported one new case Thursday, raising the number to 157 cases among 9,744 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 two new cases Friday, raising the number to 93. One person has died; one is hospitalized. Another 60 are quarantined and 17 are in isolation. It awaits test results on 110 people and has tested 3,865.

Tompkins County starts Phase 2 reopening after delay

Tompkins County, as part of the Southern Tier Region, began Phase 2 of reopening at 1 p.m. Friday, a delay in response to a further review of COVID-19 data by public health experts.

Phase two industries include: offices, real estate, essential and in-store retail, vehicle sales, hair salons and barber shops, and commercial business management.

Businesses in Phase 2 industries are required to affirm that they have read and will follow detailed guidelines. They are also required to create safety plans before reopening.

“We are all eager for our economy to get back on track,” Tompkins County Legislature Chairwoman Leslyn McBean-Clairborne said. “While we exuberantly applaud this phase of opening, to be able to go to our hairdressers and barbers and for many of us to be with each other again at work, we cannot be complacent and careless as to not follow the guidance to keep us safe and halt further spread of COVID-19.”

Guthrie facilities to continue policy of restricted visits

As Pennsylvania and New York begin to reopen and relax coronavirus restrictions, Guthrie’s COVID-19 safety precautions will remain in effect, including restricted visits at Guthrie Cortland Medical Center and its attached nursing facility .

This measures also include requiring masks on staff and visitors at all Guthrie locations, including those in Cortland. Guidelines allow one visitor to accompany patients to appointments at outpatient Guthrie Medical Group offices.

“Although portions of Pennsylvania have moved to the ‘green phase’ of re-opening, there are no current changes to Guthrie’s safety precautions, including the requirement for patients and visitors to wear masks and to be screened upon entering a Guthrie facility,” said Paul VerValin, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Guthrie. “The hospital visitor restrictions remain in place for all five hospitals”