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Cortland legislative chair reaffirms social distancing mandate

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UPDATE – 4 pm

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases to-date in Cortland County is now at fourteen (14), none of whom are reported to be connected with each other and one has been hospitalized.

Additionally, 56 others are being monitored in quarantine but are not hospitalized.

The Cortland County Health Department has also received 410 negative test results.



While case reports of COVID-19 remain relatively low in Cortland County, Chair of the Legislature Paul Heider is urging those who have not been effectively social distancing to do so, with the outbreak expected to worsen over the coming weeks.

“The low numbers as compared to our neighboring counties may be giving residents a false sense of security,” Heider said. “I’m hopeful the public will follow these guidelines to avoid the unnecessary use of limited resources to enforce these rules.”

Anyone who knowingly violates the state’s ban on nonessential gatherings is legally subject to a misdemeanor and possibly additional civil action.

Meanwhile, the legislature has planned another Committee of the Whole meeting for Wednesday of next week, where they’ll review the potential Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the 2020 County Budget.

The statewide closures in place are expected to last several more weeks at the least and have significant effects on the health of state and local economies, especially the private sector.

Wednesday’s meeting will also include presentations from Transpro Consulting & CGR Solutions, as the search continues for a consulting partner to help local leaders strengthen county operations.

Health officials say the total number of positive COVID-19 cases to-date in Cortland County is now 11, three of whom have fully recovered and none are reported to be connected.

Additionally, 54 others are being monitored in quarantine, with 363 negative test results reported and so far no hospitalizations.

“The Health Department does not have the ability to test for COVID-19, which is ordered through local health care providers. Those instructed by a medical professional to get tested should follow instructions for a sample collection and then go directly to your home and DO NOT LEAVE.

Isolate yourself from your household to the extent possible until you receive results from your provider. The provider who orders the test will be who contacts you with the result; it could take up to a week or more to get results.Cortland County residents who are experiencing coronavirus symptoms need to call their doctor, who will coordinate any necessary testing.

For people who don’t have a primary-care physician, call Upstate Medical University at (315) 464-3979 or Cayuga’s Call Center at (607) 319-5708.

Please continue to practice social distancing, proper cleaning, and hygiene practices, and stay home as much as possible.” -Cortland County Health Department

Stay tuned with WXHC News for updates.

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