Cortland County reports 5th covid death

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A fifth Cortland County resident has died from COVID-19, confirmed late this afternoon by local health officials.

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The latest to perish was a women in her 90’s.

No further personal information is provided out of respect for the family.

“Losing a loved one is never easy. The Health Department offers condolences to the family and friends of the County’s latest loss,” said Interim Public Health Director Lisa Perfetti.

Daily reporting shows 20 new infections since yesterday — 170 are active with eight people still in the hospital.

Officials continue to monitor 942 individuals.

Cases are expected to continue rising over the coming weeks.

The most recent spike is blamed on gatherings among family/friends, co-workers and people who recently traveled.

Members of the community should keep doing their part by wearing masks, washing hands, staying socially distant and staying home when ill.

Anyone showing symptoms is urged to get tested and quarantine while awaiting their results.

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