October 23, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 7/17

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Cortland County reports 4 new cases

Cortland County reported four new confirmed COVID-19 cases Thursday, increasing the number of confirmed cases to 67 — 17 new cases since July 3.

In all, 395 cases have been confirmed and five people have died in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 70 patients, 10 of them confirmed positive. None is hospitalized, although six have been. The Cortland County Health Department has received 10,467 negative test results. Fifty-seven people have recovered. The county has reported no deaths.

Tompkins County reported no new cases Wednesday, the number remaining at 198, according to the state Health Department. A total of 23,358 people were tested as of Wednesday. Two people have died.

The Cayuga County Health Department did not issue a report Wednesday. As of Monday, the last day it gave a report, the county had 130 confirmed cases. Three people have died. Thirty-one people have been quarantined; two are in isolation and 14,756 people have been tested.

Insurer gives $170K to CNY food bank

Excellus BlueCross Blue Shield will give $170,000 to the Food Bank of Central New York to help feed people in financial difficulty because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“The ability to earn a paycheck and feed a family are at risk for many people because of the coronavirus and its impact on the economy,” said Excellus BCBS Regional President Mark Muthumbi in a release Thursday. “A growing number of people in our community are facing food insecurity. Good health begins with good food.”

The $170,000 is part of a $600,000 donation across a 39-county upstate service area. Of that $170,000, $105,000 will be focused on Cortland, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oswego and Chenango counties.

“We are thrilled to partner with Excellus BlueCross BlueShield,” said Karen Belcher, interim executive director at Food Bank of Central New York.

Before the COVID-19 outbreak, nearly 14 percent of New York households faced hunger, and at least 1 million New York children lived in households that did not have regular and consistent access to food, reports the New York State Anti-Hunger Task Force.