October 26, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 8/28

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Cortland County cases still at 92

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

In all, 517 cases have been confirmed in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties and five people have died.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 139 patients, one confirmed positive. None were hospitalized, although six have been. The Cortland County Health Department has received 18,723 negative test results. Ninety-one people have recovered. The county has reported no deaths.

Tompkins County reported one new case Wednesday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 249, according to the state Health Department. A total of 52,293 people were tested. Two people have died.

In Cayuga County, the state Department of Health reported one new case Wednesday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 176. The state reports 26,520 people have been tested. Three people have died.

Potential exposure on TCAT bus

A rider on a TCAT bus has tested positive for coronavirus, and the Tompkins County Health Department suggests people who may have had contact with the person get tested for COVID-19.

The passenger was on the Route 30 bus, which travels between downtown Ithaca and the Shops at Ithaca Mall, twice on Wednesday:

  • Outbound from 11:51 a.m. to 12:26 p.m. to the mall
  • Inbound from 2:28 p.m. to 2:51 p.m. to Seneca Street, Ithaca.

The health department suggests people who were on the bus at those times:

  • Get tested for coronavirus at the Cayuga Health sampling site at The Shops at Ithaca Mall, or with Cornell Health if a Cornell University student.
  • Monitor themselves for cough, fever and shortness of breath for 14 days from Wednesday and call their physician if symptoms develop.

Food distribution set in Madison

As many as 800 families can get milk, dairy products and other food Saturday at a food distribution event in New Woodstock.

The event, organized by the New Woodstock Volunteer Fire Department with the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program and Nourish New York, will be 1 p.m. at the former New Woodstock School on School Street. Enter at Parker Road off Route 13.

This is a drive-through event. Volunteers will prompt drivers to open their trunk or a window.

Walk-ups will not be permitted.

Cornell gives Tompkins $150,000

ITHACA — Cornell University has given Tompkins County $150,000 toward ongoing COVID-19 costs, the county announced Thursday.

“What I’m hearing from my colleagues around the state is that this kind of collaboration with higher education partners is unique — Cornell has been responsive and engaged since the beginning of the pandemic,” said Frank Kruppa, Tompkins County public health director. “We’re grateful for Cornell’s investment to support our efforts.”

This summer, the health department worked with the university to train contact tracers, and Cornell has begun wide-scale surveillance testing of its students, faculty and staff.

“Cornell’s plan includes wide-scale testing throughout the semester that will help keep the disease from spreading,” Kruppa added. “Cornell’s caution and collaboration are contributing to the current low prevalence of COVID-19 in Tompkins County.”

“We value our partnership and are pleased to play a role in supporting the County’s COVID-19 response to promote the health and well-being of all county residents,” said Cornell University President Martha E. Pollack.