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Cayuga sheriff joins others not prioritizing gathering limit

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Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck became the third in the area to announce that his office won’t be focused on the state’s 10-person limit at private gatherings.

He joined the sheriffs in Onondaga and Madison Counties, who already said they won’t be going door-to-door with house checks.

Each cited a lack of resources and said they were more concerned with higher-priority crimes.

Their declarations followed new restrictions enacted by the state to curb community spread over the holidays.

Governor Cuomo addressed local law enforcement during yesterday’s daily press conference, saying they “don’t get to choose which laws they want to enforce.”

He asked police not to invade privacy, but rather to stop illegal gatherings they see or that get reported.


Cortland County reported 33 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, making 148 active and 970 people being monitored.

Five are currently hospitalized.

This week, the health department decided to no longer announce public exposure locations unless of a micro-cluster, saying that risk of the virus is now everywhere.

Micro clusters will still be reported and regular contact tracing continues.

Onondaga County reported 240 new cases yesterday — that’s yet another single-day high.

More than half of those cases were attributed to community spread.

At least 80 people are in the hospital, with 12 patients in the ICU.

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