October 19, 2021

Cortland County gets new testing sites Friday

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Three free rapid coronavirus testing sites will open Friday in Cortland County, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday.

Those sites include:
• Cortland Junior-Senior High School, 8 Valley View Drive, Cortland.
• Homer Intermediate School, 58 Clinton St. Homer.
• Marathon High School, 1 E. Main St. Marathon.

People must schedule an appointment. Testing will be available between noon to 4:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

To schedule an appointment:
• Cortland Jr./ Sr. High School: apps.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?OpID=2300060
• Homer Intermediate School: apps.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?OpID=2300061
• Marathon High School: apps.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?OpID=2300062

The announcement comes two days after Cuomo said Cortland County was a micro-cluster after an increase in positive cases. Cortland County has had 475 total positives and has 24 current positive cases, according to the news release.

The county has reported 697 positive cases since the pandemic began, and 161 of them were active on Wednesday as another 1,321 people were being monitored. However, the governor said the county had only 475 cases since March and only 24 currently positive.

The spike began about the time SUNY Cortland students returned for the fall semester, and since Aug. 21, county figures show that more than 600 new cases have been confirmed. However, the virus has spread beyond the campus community, Perfetti has said.

Of the 40 potential public exposures since the beginning of September, most have been downtown businesses, often frequented by students. However, two churches and businesses outside that area have been affected.

Further, interim Public Health Director Lisa Perfetti has said, small gatherings, either at businesses or elsewhere, have fed the rise in cases.

Still, people are going about their daily lives, even when they may have COVID symptoms, perhaps mistaking the virus for allergies or maybe a mild cold.

“Most have mild symptoms that they do not recognize as COVID,” Perfetti said Wednesday during a news conference on the county’s increasing numbers.

She said people are encouraged to stay home if they have any of the coronavirus symptoms.

Those symptoms according to the Centers for Disease COntrol and Prevention are:
• Fever or chills.
• Cough.
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
• Fatigue.
• Muscle or body aches.
• Headache.
• New loss of taste or smell.
• Sore throat.
• Congestion or runny nose.
• Nausea or vomiting.
• Diarrhea.