January 18, 2022

Coronavirus briefs 6/4

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Cortland County reports number of virus cases remains at 44

Cortland County reported no new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, the number remaining at 44.

In total, 310 cases have been confirmed and three people have died in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 22 patients; none is hospitalized, although six have been. The Cortland County Health Department has received 4,245 negative test results. Forty-three people have recovered.

Tompkins County reported one new case Tuesday, raising the confirmed number to 165 cases among 10,917 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 three new cases Wednesday, raising the number to 101. One person has died; four are hospitalized. Another 46 are quarantined and 13 are in isolation.

Cortland County Junior Fair scheduled for July is canceled

The Cortland County Junior Fair, which was scheduled in July, has been canceled because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, it’s impact and wellbeing on our community, fair families and 4-H youth, we the board of directors of The County of Cortland Agricultural Corp., have made a very difficult decision to postpone the 2020 County fair,” fair board President Marth Bush said in a news release.

The next fair is scheduled for July 6 to 10, 2021.

“This has been a heart-wrenching decision for the board to make as it affects our 4H youth, FFA, and farm families that look forward to the fair each year,” Bush said.

Outdoor seating allowed at restaurants, Cuomo says

Outdoor dining at restaurants will be permitted in Phase 2 of reopening in several regions of the state, including Central New York and the Southern Tier, which includes the greater Cortland area, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wednesday.

Outdoor tables must be spaced 6 feet apart, staff must wear face coverings and customers must also wear face coverings when not seated.

Cortland County Legislature Chairman Paul Heider (R-Cuyler, Solon, Truxton) urged businesses that can accommodate outdoor seating to complete a safety plan and file affirmation with the state. The affirmation and safety plans can be found at Cortland-co.org

“COVID-19 is still a real threat and we’re still battling it. I know it’s not on the front pages today, but it is still in people and in society,” Cuomo said. “We are continuously evaluating activities that can be safely reopened, and today we are adding outdoor seating at restaurants to Phase 2.”

The seven regions that have already entered Phase 2 are the Capital Region, Central New York, the Finger Lakes, the Mohawk Valley, the North Country, the Southern Tier and Western New York.