December 6, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 6/19

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Number of virus cases remains at 49 in Cortland County

Cortland County reported no new COVID-19 cases Thursday, the number of confirmed cases remaining at 49.

In all, 332 cases have been confirmed and four people have died in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 18 patients; none is hospitalized, although six have been. The Cortland County Health Department has received 6,570 negative test results. Forty-seven people have recovered. The county has reported no deaths.

Tompkins County reported no new cases Wednesday, the number remaining at 173 cases among 15,582 tested people, the state Department of Health reported. The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reported 173 cases.

Two people have died.

The Cayuga County Health Department reported one new case Thursday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 110. Two people have died; one is hospitalized. Another 46 are quarantined and four are in isolation.

JCPenney reopens 25 stores, including C’ville location

JCPenney reopened 25 New York stores Wednesday, including one in Cortlandville, bringing the total to more than 820 fully reopened stores nationwide after closing due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are thrilled to welcome our associates and customers back to JCPenney stores in New York, and our top priority remains on the health and safety of our associates, customers, and communities,” said Jim DePaul, executive vice president of stores at JCPenney.

JCPenney is monitoring Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to determine its practices, including contact-free curbside pickup, extra cleaning, social distancing procedures, contact-free checkout, masks and Plexiglass shields at registers.

Store hours are noon to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday.

The company offers designated shopping hours for at-risk customers — seniors, pregnant women and people with underlying health concerns — from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and Fridays.

State beefs up penalties for violations of virus rules

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Thursday he will issue an executive order allowing the state to revoke the liquor license and order the shutdown of bars and restaurants that violate reopening rules and guidelines, including enforcing those guidelines immediately outside their establishments.

Cuomo said the state also will issue guidance to colleges and universities to allow some in-person instruction and on-campus housing for the fall semester. Campuses must develop plans to meet state reopening standards.

Cazenovia restaurant patrons warned after positive test

The Madison County Health Department has confirmed that an individual who visited the Brewster Inn in Cazenovia tested positive for COVID-19 and people who visited the inn from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday should self-monitor for symptoms.

“After conducting an investigation to identify all close contacts of the individual, it was determined this individual visited the Brewster Inn on June 12 and was wearing a face covering,” said Madison County Public Health Director Eric Faisst.

He recommended that people who visited the restaurant during those hours Friday should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 until June 26. These include fever, cough, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell or difficulty breathing. If symptoms develop, stay home and contact your doctor for guidance on testing.