December 5, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 7/23

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Cortland: 78 Tompkins: 209 Cayuga: 133

Cortland County reported one new confirmed COVID-19 case Wednesday, increasing the number of confirmed cases to 78 — 28 new cases since July 3.

In all, 420 cases have been confirmed and five people have died in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 150 patients, 15 of them confirmed positive. None is hospitalized, although six have been. The Cortland County Health Department has received 11,757 negative test results. Sixty-three people have recovered. The county has reported no deaths.

Tompkins County reported no new cases Tuesday, the number remaining at 209, according to the state Health Department. A total of 26,265 people were tested as of Tuesday. Two people have died.

The Cayuga County Health Department has not issued a report since Monday. It reported two new cases since the weekend. As of Monday, the county had 133 confirmed cases. Three people have died. Forty-one are in quarantine; two are in isolation; two more are hospitalized.

Dollar Tree worker tests positive

The Cortland County Health Department reports an employee of Dollar Tree in Cortland has tested positive for COVID-19, and people who shopped at the story on July 14 or 15 should take precautions.

The worker was wearing a mask, but was active at the 160 Clinton Ave., store from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. July 14 and 1:15 to 3:25 p.m. July 15, the health department reports. The store manager said employees were following guidance from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for cleaning and disinfecting.

Anyone who may have been exposed at the location listed should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting or diarrhea for 14 days after their potential exposure, the county suggests.

If symptoms do develop, stay home and call your doctor for guidance about testing. If you are elderly, have underlying medical conditions or a compromised immune system, call your doctor early even if your illness is mild. In an emergency call 911.

8 sites hold food, milk giveaway

Several agencies will give away more than 2,000 gallons of milk and other food at eight sites Friday, Saturday and Tuesday in Chenango County.

The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program and Nourish New York have provided grants to help the American Dairy Association North East, Dairy Farmers of America, the Food Bank of Central New York, SUNY Morrisville Norwich campus, and other partners to distribute the milk, plus 1,500 boxes of dairy and produce 200,000 gallons in June and a similar amount this month.

Food will be distributed:


  • Oxford Academy Primary School, 50 S. Washington Ave., Oxford, from 9 to 11 a.m.
  • McDonough American Legion, County Road 5, McDonough, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
  • Greene Elementary School, 105 Elementary Lane, Greene, from 2 to 5 p.m.


  • Sherburne-Earlville High School, 13 School St., Sherburne, from 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Smyrna United Methodist Church, 11 Chapel St., Sherburne, from 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Lebanon Federated Church, 1494 Billings Hill Road, Earlville, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Unadilla Valley Central School Elementary Circle, Route 8, New Berlin, from 9 a.m. to noon.


  • Otselic Valley Central School District, County Road 13A, South Otselic, from 9 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.

These will be drive-through distribution where recipients will remain in their vehicles, prompted to open their trunks or window.