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Chairman of Cortland Legislature tests negative for COVID-19

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(Paul Heider)

The Cortland County Health Department was notified yesterday of three more residents who tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the county-wide total to six. (Update: Now 7 confirmed cases in Cortland County as of this afternoon, March 27th)

Another 58 are under a precautionary quarantine – something Cortland County Legislature Chairman Paul Heider had to endure himself after deciding to get tested following an onset of related symptoms.

After eight days, his results thankfully came back negative yesterday, but Heider admitted the frustrations of being in isolation were difficult and unsettling at times.

“What helped me was staying connected with people,” Heider said during an interview with WXHC. “My family, my colleagues, members of the community: They were able to get me through my anxieties.”

For those who may not have someone immediately available to speak with or vent to during hard times, Heider pointed out several county-wide resources that are here to help:

  • Cortland County Mobile Crisis Team(607) 756‐3771 / website
  • Cortland County 211 – 211 / website

Heider also used his experience to emphasize the importance of following the health department’s guidelines, as well as those given out by your healthcare provider.



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