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COVID Notes – A Break In Healthcare Worker Rules


Because healthcare workers are hard to find, the state is dropping its requirement that the workers get COVID-19 boosters by today (Monday). The state says 75% of healthcare workers have received or are willing to receive their booster, and dropping the rule avoids “potential staffing issues.”

Cornell University says beginning today (Monday), surveillance testing is no longer required for students and staff who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

SUNY Cortland has a booster clinic at Corey Union today (Monday) 11a-5p.
Sign up through the college website.

As a reminder – The SUNY Cortland COVID state test site remains open weekdays 8:30 to 4 at the Chugger Davis Building. Appointments are encouraged.

State Health reports Cortland County had one death and 14 new COVID cases on Saturday, its most recent report.

Governor Kathy Hochul reports that nearly five million COVID tests were sent to schools ahead of Midwinter break!

In Marathon, non-vaccinated students and staff can “test to stay” beginning next Monday, February 28. If they are exposed to someone who is positive and they are asymptomatic, the school nurse will test them before allowing them to go to class.

Starting Tuesday, the Village of McGraw will have COVID-19 test kits to distribute. Call ahead to the office (607) 836-6294.

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