December 6, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 6/8

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Cortland: 44
Tompkins: 171
Cayuga: 104

Cortland County did not update its coronavirus statistics over the weekend, but reported no new cases of COVID-19 Friday, the number remaining at 44.

In total, 319 cases have been confirmed and three people have died in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 23 patients; none is hospitalized, although six have been. The Cortland County Health Department has received 4,726 negative test results. Forty-three people have recovered.

Tompkins County reported four new cases Friday and Saturday, raising the number to 171 cases among 12,879 tested people, the state Department of Health reported. The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center also reported 171 cases. Two people have died.

The Cayuga County Health Department reported two new cases over the weekend, raising the number to 104. One person has died; three are hospitalized. Another 48 are quarantined and 12 are in isolation.

Graduations can move outdoors, starting June 26

Outdoor, socially distanced graduations of up to 150 people will be allowed beginning June 26, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday, subject to any outbreaks or significant changes in the metrics.

“In terms of reopening, we have been calibrating our strategy based on the data and the facts, and overall the numbers are down, the numbers are good and our plan is working,” Cuomo said. “Based on today’s numbers we can continue to advance our reopening, and we will now allow outdoor graduations of up to 150 beginning June 26. New Yorkers have worked together to bend this curve quickly, and if we continue on this trajectory, remain responsible and follow all social distancing protocols, we can keep accelerating our reopening strategy.”

Thruway takes cash at tolls

The New York State Thruway has resumed taking cash at its tolls after suspending the system due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Drivers can receive a toll ticket when they enter the Thruway and pay it in cash when they exit for the first time since emergency toll procedures went into effect on March 22, the state Thruway Authority announced in a news release. The system resumed Thursday.

Staff will have masks, will sanitize work stations and have installed plexiglass shields.

The reinstated ticketed system won’t affect drivers who use E-ZPass, and the Thruway will likely convert to a totally cashless tolling system by the end of 2020, the release noted.

Drivers who didn’t have E-ZPass and traveled on the Thruway while emergency toll procedures were in place will receive one bill mailed to the address of the vehicle’s owner. It can be paid by mail or at the Thruway authority’s website.

— The (Auburn) Citizen

Stores help Girl Scouts sell cookies

Price Chopper/Market 32 is partnering with the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways to sell more than 300,000 boxes of cookies, meant to be sold during booth sales that were suspended because of COVID-19.

Proceeds from the sale of the cookies, which start Sunday, will benefit Girl Scouts across Price Chopper/Market 32’s six-state footprint. Price Chopper has a store in Cortlandville.

Girl Scout troops use the proceeds from their cookie sales to fund community projects and programming.