December 4, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 8/1

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Cortland County sees 1 new case

Cortland County reported one new confirmed COVID-19 case Friday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 88 — 38 new cases since July 3.

In all, 459 cases have been confirmed in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties and five people have died.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 144 patients, eight of them confirmed positive. None is hospitalized, although six have been. The Cortland County Health Department has received 13,872 negative test results. Eighty people have recovered. The county has reported no deaths.

Tompkins County reported one new case Thursday, the number rising to 228, according to the state Health Department. A total of 31,021 people were tested. Two people have died.

The state Department of Health reported two new cases Thursday in Cayuga County, the number of confirmed cases rising to 143. The state reports 19,787 people have been tested. Three people have died.

TCAT: Masks key to confidence

The majority of TCAT riders agree with a recently beefed-up state mandate that requires people using public transportation to wear face coverings, according to an informal poll.

More than 200 people, the majority of whom identified as TCAT riders, responded to an informal online survey TCAT launched in June to gauge what safety protocols give riders enough confidence to ride a public bus during the coronavirus pandemic, the transportation provider reported.

In judging each safety measure independently — with one being the most important and six being the least — 133 or 67% gave strict enforcement of the face covering mandate the highest ranking.

TCAT has required both riders and drivers (unless they are alone while driving) to wear masks or face coverings since April, per an executive order from Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Other survey results:

  • 64% said they stopped using the transit system completely.
  • 18% said they drastically reduced their number of trips.
  • 9% said they slightly reduced their number of trips.
  • 6% said there was no effect in their number of trips.
  • 3% did not respond.