October 23, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 6/26

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Virus cases still 49 in Cortland County

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

In all, 337 cases have been confirmed and four people have died in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 10 patients; none is hospitalized, although six have been. The Cortland County Health Department has received 7,566 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 175 among 17,905 tested people, the state Department of Health reported.

The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reported 175 cases. Two people have died.

The Cayuga County Health Department reported no new cases Thursday, the number of confirmed cases remaining at 113.

Two people have died; one is hospitalized. Another 34 are quarantined and seven are in isolation.

Groton Olde Home Days canceled

GROTON — Groton Olde Home Days has been canceled, according to a letter posted by the festival’s organizers on the festival’s website.

“This year’s event was delayed with its planning as we had to try to switch gears during a difficult time in our country with the pandemic of COVID-19,” states the letter from organizers Flo Allen and Christine Brown Personius.

“We tried to continue to hold out hope that our state and county would fully reopen by or before our fair date of Aug. 27, 28 and 29, 2020,” the letter continued. “However, around the country, festivals and community celebrations are being canceled or postponed due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19. So we had to make this difficult decision about how to proceed, and at this time the majority consensus is that we cancel our olde home days for 2020.”

However, they said they plan on a bigger and better event next year and have already been put on Playland Amusements’ schedule, as well as rescheduled many of the shows held during the festival to next year.

Worker at Cayuga store tests positive

An employee of the Lowe’s in Auburn, who lives in an adjacent county, tested positive for COVID-19 and was working on Monday, the Cayuga County Health Department announced Thursday.

People who shopped at the 299 Grant Ave. store between noon and 9 p.m. should monitor themselves for coronavirus symptoms such as headache, scratchy throat or fever for 14 days after the potential exposure.

If symptoms do develop, stay home and call your doctor for further guidance.

If you are elderly, have underlying medical conditions, or are immunocompromised, call your doctor early even if your illness is mild.

If you do not have a health care provider, contact the Cayuga County Health Department at 315-253-1560.

“It is still important to practice social distancing, staying more than 6 feet apart from others, limiting the number of trips out to stores, and more importantly only sending one member from your household out to do the shopping,” the department announced. “When out in public, wear a cloth face covering and continue to wash your hands often, cover coughs and sneezes, disinfect surfaces and stay informed.”

Hospital has new visitor guidelines

Guthrie, which operates a hospital in Cortland, has updated its visitor policy to allow for more relaxed guidelines as communities reopen during the coronavirus pandemic, the health network announced Thursday.

The new guidelines:

  • Visitors must wear a mask and be screened for temperature and other symptoms.
  • Patients can have visitors, one person at a time, from 10 a.. to noon and 4 to 6 p.m. daily. Visitors should leave the facility when not visiting.
  • Labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum patients may be accompanied by a support person and a doula.
  • A pediatric patient may have one visitor, which can alternate between guardians or parents.
  • Surgical outpatients may have one visitor during intake and discharge.
  • Emergency department patients may have one visitor.
  • A patient at end-of-life may have two visitors.
  • Guthrie Cancer and infusion centers do not permit patients to have a support person accompany them to appointments in its outpatient settings, except in certain scenarios.
  • Visits remain restricted at Cortland Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, although patients at end of life may have up to two visitors.

Extenuating circumstances will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.