October 20, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 6/6

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Cortland County’s number of virus cases remains at 44

Cortland County reported no new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, the number remaining at 44, following notification from the state that a previous case had been incorrectly listed as positive, when it was negative.

In total, 303 cases have been confirmed and three people have died in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 24 patients; none is hospitalized, although six have been. The Cortland County Health Department has received 4,020 negative test results. Forty-three people have recovered.

Tompkins County reported no new cases Sunday, the confirmed number remaining 164 cases among 10,546 tested people, the state Department of Health reported. The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reported 164 cases.

Two people have died.

The Cayuga County Health Department reported one new case Monday, raising the number to 95. One person has died; three are hospitalized. Another 45 are quarantined and 15 are in isolation.

Credit union gets grant to help 21 businesses

Alternatives Federal Credit Union has received an $84,000 grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York to help small businesses that were put on a waiting list for Small Business Resilience Fund assistance.

Twenty-one businesses will each get $4,000, the credit union announced Monday.

“We know that the pain has been great and that demand often exceeds supply for so many of our small businesses in dire need,” said Chris Cain, chief experience officer at Alternatives.

“We are indebted to the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York for enabling us to help our small businesses at such a critical time,” said Liz Hudson, director of development at the credit union.

The Ithaca/Tompkins County COVID-19 Small Business Resilience Fund, launched in April with $410,000 from local economic development agencies and community partners, including Cornell University, the Community Foundation of Tompkins County, the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Ithaca Alliance.

Tompkins gets $589,000 to help housing hit by COVID-19

Tompkins County expects more than $589,000 to be available for rent assistance for low- to moderate-income renters in Tompkins County whose incomes have been reduced due to COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program will be managed by Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services and coordinated with additional funds from the Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency.

The program will pay up to three month’s rent for qualifying households, whose incomes are no more than 80% of the median in the county: or $47,950 for one-person housholds, ranging to $79,500 for six-person households.

This fund was developed by repurposing Tompkins County’s existing Community Development Block Grant and county officials expect it can help about 150 households o It is expected that these funds will assist approximately 150 households, plus another 50 inside the city with $190,000 from the Ithaca Urban Renewall AGency.

For details or to apply, go to ithacanhs.org/rentalassistance or call 607-277-4500 x201. Applications will be accepted after June 15.