October 23, 2021

Cornonavirus briefs 7/24

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2 new coronavirus cases reported in Cortland County

Cortland County reported two new confirmed COVID-19 cases Thursday, increasing the number of confirmed cases to 80 — 30 new cases since July 3.

In all, 426 cases have been confirmed and five people have died in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 160 patients, 12 of them confirmed positive. None is hospitalized, although six have been. The Cortland County Health Department has received 11,914 negative test results. Sixty-eight people have recovered. The county has reported no deaths.

Tompkins County reported four new cases Wednesday, the number rising to 213, according to the state Health Department. A total of 26,994 people were tested. 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.

Madison creates 3-strike rule for mask violations

The Madison County Health Department announced Thursday there is a three-strike rule for businesses whose employees must wear face coverings when in contact with the public.

Employees who are unable to maintain 6 feet of social distancing when dealing with the public must wear face coverings, under an executive order by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Madison County has received complaints and concerns about small businesses and the big box stores not requiring employees, or customers, to wear masks. No fines have been issued, but the county’s Board of Supervisors has approved a three-strike approach:

Strike 1 – Phone call to the business, and education.

Strike 2 – A visit from either a member of the health department or sheriff’s office, as well as education.

Strike 3 – Fines beginning at $500.

“Wearing a face covering is one of the best defenses we have against COVID-19,” said Madison County Public Health Director Eric Faisst. “Because many people can be infectious but not show symptoms, wearing a mask not only protects you, but others from you should you be infected.”