October 20, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 7/28

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Cortland County cases stays at 85

Cortland County reported no new confirmed COVID-19 cases Monday, increasing the number of confirmed cases remaining at 85 — 35 new cases since July 3.

In all, 449 cases have been confirmed in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties and five people have died.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 160 patients, 11 of them confirmed positive. None is hospitalized, although six have been. The Cortland County Health Department has received 12,737 negative test results. Seventy-four people have recovered. The county has reported no deaths.

Tompkins County reported one new case Sunday, the number rising to 225, according to the state Health Department. A total of 28,811 people were tested. Two people have died.

The state Department of Health reported one new case Sunday in Cayuga County, raising the number of confirmed cases to 140. The state reports 19,026 people have been tested. Three people have died.

One gathering leads to 9 cases

Nine confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the past week in Tompkins County are related to a single social gathering at which individuals did not practice social distancing or wear face covering, the Tompkins County Health Department reported Monday.

Contact investigators also found a number of people at the event had traveled or returned from states on the New York state travel advisory list and neither quarantined themselves or completed a mandatory traveler form.

None of the newly reported positive cases presented public exposures, and the Health Department is not recommending testing for the public in response to these new cases.

“We continue to see new spread of the disease in our community related to individuals ignoring public health guidance,” Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa said.

All gatherings in New York, whether in a public or private, are limited to 50 or fewer people, all of whom must keep 6 feet of distance and wear a face covering.