December 2, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 7/18

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Cortland: 68 Tompkins: 198 Cayuga: 130

Cortland County reported one new confirmed COVID-19 case Friday, increasing the number of confirmed cases to 68 — 18 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 78 patients, nine of them confirmed positive. None is hospitalized, although six have been. The Cortland County Health Department has received 10,586 negative test results. Fifty-nine people have recovered. The county has reported no deaths.

Tompkins County reported no new cases Thursday, the number remaining at 198, according to the state Health Department. A total of 24,046 people were tested as of Thursday. Two people have died.

The Cayuga County Health Department did not issue a report Friday. 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.

Cortland hospital gets CARES funds

Guthrie Cortland Medical Center will receive $5 million from the CARES Act, Rep. Anthony Brindisi announced Friday.

As the global pandemic spread across New York and the country, the bipartisan coronavirus relief legislation established a Provider Relief Fund to assist hospitals.

Throughout the pandemic, hospitals have made adjustments, changed their budgets, and shifted priorities to help flatten the curve. Brindisi (D-Utica) has supported this and other coronavirus relief packages.

“Our upstate hospitals helped us weather the coronavirus storm,” Brindisi said in a release. “They cared for patients, shifted resources, and worked together with their counterparts downstate to help get the outbreak under control in New York State. It is past time for the federal government to step up. I am happy to see these funds going to Cortland and will continue fighting for more resources to keep our communities safe, get our frontline workers the equipment they need, keep our medical facilities open, and get our economy going again.”

In June, Brindisi and Rep. John Katko (R-Syracuse) called on the Department of Health and Human Services to prioritize upstate and Central New York hospitals for funds through the Provider Relief Fund.

“This much-needed relief will help GCMC continue to serve Cortland and surrounding communities,” said Jennifer Yartym, president, Guthrie Cortland Medical Center.