County stops daily exposure reports: “Pretty much everywhere has it”

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Cortland County will join Madison and Onondaga with no longer releasing potential exposure location reports.

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Officials now warn community members that risk is just about everywhere.

“If you go out, just assume where you’re going there are people that tested positive with COVID,” said county administrator Rob Corpora at a special meeting yesterday of the Health & Human Services committee. “Pretty much everywhere has it — and you have to take your own precautions.”

Around 8-12 new exposure locations were being reported to the county health department every day.

Contact tracers will continue to reach out to anyone determined specifically to be at risk. Additionally, larger exposures and others with extenuating circumstances may still be announced to the public.

Yesterday’s meeting also involved a discussion around rapid testing equipment left behind by the state from a weekend initiative last month. At that time, Governor Cuomo had declared a local microcluster in the county.

A total of 15 machines were loaned to the county at no cost.

One is now headed to the jail to allow for onsite testing of inmates and staff.

Others may be used in the future by various county agencies/organizations that end up needing them, such as schools or certain high-risk businesses.

Central New York currently has the second-highest positive rate in the state at 4.5%, behind Western NY’s 6.5%.

In Cortland County, 16 new cases were reported yesterday.

That makes 126 active out of more than 1,100 to-date. Another 985 people are being monitored.

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