November 30, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 8/21

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Cortland County cases of virus remain at 92

Cortland County reported no new confirmed COVID-19 cases Thursday, the number of confirmed cases remaining at 92.

In all, 496 cases have been confirmed in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties and five people have died.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 145 patients, one confirmed positive. None were hospitalized, although six have been. The Cortland County Health Department has received 17,639 negative test results. Ninety-one people have recovered. The county has reported no deaths.

Tompkins County reporte two new cases Wednesday, raising the number of cases to 240, according to the state Health Department. A total of 42,129 people were tested. Two people have died.

In Cayuga County, the state Department of Health reported no new cases Wednesday,

the number of cases confirmed to the state Department of Health remaining at 164. The state reports 24,605 people have been tested. Three people have died.

County to inspect gyms before reopening

The Cortland County Health Department must inspect gyms and fitness centers before they can reopen, which would be allowed Monday, under the state’s reopening guideline, the county announced Thursday.

Gyms seeking to reopen must prepare a safety plan and submit it to envhealth@, have their heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems certified as meeting or exceeding MERV-13 filtration by a professional and submit an affirmation to the state’s gym guidance documents.

When they do reopen, they’ll be limited to 33% of capacity, must maintain 6-foot social distances, clean and disinfect between each class.

Each class must be by appointment or reservation only. Gyms also face special requirements for face coverings.

Gyms seeking to reopen can call the Cortland County Health Department at 607-7585526 with questions.

Annual car club concert canceled

The CNY Mustang-All Ford Club has canceled its planned concert Aug. 27 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the club announced.

“While this decision is disheartening and unfortunate, we felt that we must do our part to try and mitigate the spread of the virus and not create any possible hot spots,” said organizers Bill Kulikowsky and Mick Lowie in a release.

“We plan on returning in the summer of 2021 bigger and better than ever,” they added.