Today, the Cortland County Health Department confirmed the death of a second resident due to COVID-19: A female in her early 70’s who was in the hospital for treatment.
County officials expressed heartfelt sympathies to her family and friends.
They warned the rest of the community that cases of the virus are on a steady incline, blaming small indoor gatherings among friends and family as contributing factors.
Instead of in-person gatherings, health officials urged the public to call their friends, neighbors and family members and set up video visits through the holiday week as a safe alternative.
“As families gather for Thanksgiving celebrations it is even more important to limit your gatherings to people that live in your home,” said the health department in a Facebook post. “Each and every member of this community has the ability to make a difference and help limit the spread. Be kind to each other and be thankful for the ability to work together and keep the spread of this disease to a minimum.”
Daily numbers from CCHD below: