October 28, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 6/27

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Cortland: 49
Tompkins: 175
Cayuga: 113

Cortland County reported no new COVID-19 cases Friday, 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 11 patients; none is hospitalized, although six have been. The Cortland County Health Department has received 7,749 negative test results. Fortyseven people have recovered. The county has reported no deaths.

Tompkins County reported no new cases Thursday, the number remaining at 175 among 18,075 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 Friday, the number of confirmed cases remaining at 113. Two people have died; one is hospitalized. Another 28 are quarantined and six are in isolation.

Cayuga County distributes supplies

To help all entities in Cayuga County with their restart plans and continued compliance with NY Forward, the Cayuga County Emergency Management Office announced Thursday it can make these supplies available to all entities in Cayuga County:

• Hand Sanitizer — 1-gallon bottles with pumps, 2-ounce spray bottles, 8-ounce bottles.

• Cloth masks.

• Forehead thermometers.

Email Deputy Director Harry Sherman at hsherman@cayugacounty.us to request these items.

TCAT extends no-fare policy through Sept. 5

TCAT will extend its no-fare policy through Sept. 5 to continue social distancing between drivers and riders, the company announced Friday.

Board members voted for the third time since the policy first went into effect March 20 to keep fares free.

By early fall, TCAT will install permanent protective barriers to separate drivers from the farebox equipment, but there’s a backlog with manufacturers, said Assistant General Manager Mike Smith, who oversees TCAT’s operations and maintenance.

TCAT will install temporary barriers in the coming weeks and will review its fare collection on Aug. 27. TCAT continues to stress that riders must wear face coverings or masks to board and ride the bus. Additionally, TCAT continues to adhere to strict protocols with the disinfection of buses and facilities used by employees and riders.