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COVID-19: Cortland & Tompkins Counties

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Wednesday, August 5th

CORTLAND COUNTY (updated 8/6 at 2:00 pm)

(+/- represents change from day before)

  • Positives to-date (+1): 91
  • Active: (+1): three
  • Recovered (+0): 88
  • Hospitalizations (-0):(six to-date)
  • Being monitored (+4): 148
  • Negative results (+117):14,778
  • Deaths: 0

Numbers updated daily. (Live COVID tracker)

If you are instructed by a medical professional to get tested, follow their instructions for a sample collection and then go directly to your home and DO NOT LEAVE YOUR HOME, and isolate yourself from your household to the extent possible until you receive results from your provider – which are now coming back in about 2-3 days.

Residents who are experiencing coronavirus symptoms need to call their doctor, who will coordinate any necessary testing, or contact one of the following:

  • Guthrie Cortland drive-thru testing center: (607) 299-7677
  • Cayuga Health drive-thru testing center: (607) 319-5708.
  • Upstate Medical University at (315) 464-3979

Members of the public must do their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, not just to protect themselves, but others in our community who are most vulnerable to getting very sick.

Everyone can take these steps to stop the spread of COVID-19 and “flatten the curve” in our community:

  • Stay home, even if you don’t feel sick, unless absolutely necessary.
  • Wash hands well and often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Keep 6 feet distance between yourself and others when in public.
  • Avoid close contact with other people.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
  • Physical Distancing does not mean emotional isolation, check on friends, coworkers, neighbors through phone and text.
  • Wear a cloth face covering in public settings where physical distancing is difficult to maintain (eg. grocery stores and pharmacies).

States of Emergency

Nearly every county in New York (55 of 62), including:

  • Cortland*
  • Tompkins*
  • Broome
  • Cayuga
  • Chemung
  • Chenango
  • Madison
  • Onondaga
  • Seneca
  • Tioga


  • Closures extended until at least April 29
  • June regents exams cancelled

Food program info below:

  • All meals will be bagged Grab-n-Go style
  • No sit-down service will be provided.
  • Feel free to go to any site closest to your home.
  • Check district websites daily for updated info
  • Contact district about delivery help or dietary restrictions.


Free breakfast and lunch meals on M-F, 11 am to 1 pm at:

  • Barry Primary School (20 Raymond Ave, Cortland)
  • Cortland JSHS (8 Valley View Dr, Cortland) 
  • OCM Boces, McEvoy Campus (710 NYS Route 13, Cortland)
  • Parker School (89 Madison St, Cortland)
  • Penguin Trailer Park (x Penguin Dr & Starr Rd, Cortland)
  • Randall Middle School (31 Randall Ave, Cortland)
  • Rickard Street Apartments (44 Rickard St)
  • Smith Intermediate School (33 Wheeler Ave, Cortland)
  • Virgil School (1205 Church St, Virgil) 

Email for more info.


  • Cortland CSD families: Take this survey on internet and device needs for distance learning.
  • March 31 Parker School project referendum postponed indefinitely.


Free breakfast and lunch meals on M-F:

  • Calvary Baptist Church – 7 to 10 am (6753 NY-281, Preble)
  • First United Methodist Church – 7 to 8:30 am (734 NY-222, Cortlandville)
  • Homer Elementary School – 8 to 9:30 am (9 Central Park Pl)
  • Homer High School – 7 to 10 am (80 South West St, Homer)
  • Lake Como Inn – 7 to 10 am (1307 E Lake Rd, Cortland)
  • Scott United Methodist Church – 7 to 10 am (6816 NY-41, Homer)
  • Truxton Town Hall – 7 to 10 am (6290 Railroad St, Truxton)
  • “Satellite” van will also travel to Pine Hill, Coldbrook Road, and Mountain View trailer parks.

Call Homer Schools for more info (607)749-7241


  • Delivery to all students Monday – Friday
  • Pick up at bus steps if able, otherwise left at front door.
  • Call Cincinnatus School for more info (607)863-3200.


  • Free breakfast and lunch provided (M-F, 7-10 am at Dryden MS)
  • Priority to students who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch Program.
  • Stay in your vehicle. Food will come to you!
  • Call Dryden Schools for more info (607)844-8694 x.1444


  • Computer/Schoolwork pickup, Fri., March 20 from 4-7 pm
  • Elementary School (36 Union St, Dryden) for DES, CES, FES students
  • Middle School Entrance (118 Freeville Rd, Dryden) for MS students
  • High School Entrance (118 Freeville Rd, Dryden) for HS Students


Breakfast/lunch provided except on spring break (April 6-10).

Village residents can pick up meals M-F from 8-10 am at:

  • Elementary School side parking lot (near playground)
  • Junior-Senior High School in front of the large gym

Non-residents food will be delivered via school bus M-F from 9-10 am.

  • Even those who don’t ride the bus will get meals brought to them
  • Meals are left on porch/doorstep (workers won’t enter homes).

Call Kelley at 607-898-4516 to opt-out of home delivery.


  • Drive-up window at Marathon High School
  • Monday through Friday, 10:30 am – 1 pm

Call Marathon Schools for more info (607)836-3618


  • Free delivery or pickup for all students (M-F, 10 am – 1 pm)
  • Pickup at high school (10 West Academy Street)

Call McGraw Schools for more info (607)836-3618

SUNY Cortland & TC3

  • Moved to distance learning for remainder of spring semester.
  • Local officials now developing process for students to retrieve possessions

Students should NOT return until advised to do so.

Cortland County Gov’t

County Legislature

  • Onsite county workforce has been reduced by 75%
  • Public access limited to all county facilities, including DMV office.
  • All courthouses closed with delayed proceedings.
  • Appointments at County Office Building will require onsite pre-screening for COVID-19
  • Call county clerk’s office with any specific questions at 607-753-5021.

Health Department

  • Horizon House, Family Support Services suspended.
  • Services will be provided through Telephone and Telehealth.
  • Clinics are not accepting intakes or walk-ins. Please call the clinic if in crisis.
  • Please utilize patient portal for medication refill requests
  • Electronic and phone communication is encouraged.
  • Call 211 services for updated information on their service provision. and resources.


  • Town Court, offices and buildings closed to the public until further notice.
  • Court dates will be rescheduled.
  • In-person appointments for emergency matters only.


For any questions or specific service requests:

  • Call village offices (607-749-3322) during the week
  • Send an email to
  • Town Hall/Court & Village Offices closed to the public
  • Court dates will be rescheduled.
  • Bills and taxes should be paid by mail.
  • New water meter installations suspended.
  • Village recreation programs suspended until further notice
  • See Facebook page for ideas on virtual fitness workouts, etc.

Do not contact individual departments for services.

Tompkins County Gov’t

County Legislature

  • All meetings (including Committee meetings) closed to the public.
  • Legislators and staff can elect to participate remotely.
  • Public can listen in on the Legislature meetings by calling 646-558-8656 ID# 587 980 1385
  • Comments can be made via email at
  • All meetings of advisory boards, committees, and commissions suspended through the end of March

District Attorney

  • Office remains open during normal business hours with limited staffing
  • Court system is open for essential matters only

Finance Department

Open 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

  • Online services strongly encouraged
  • For help: call Treasury (607-274-5543) or Accounting (607-274-5544)
  • Property Tax Payments may be completed online
  • Please email for detailed instructions.
  • Residency certificates can be requested online here.

Health Department

The following programs have been suspended:

  • MOMS,
  • SafeCare,
  • Immunizations,
  • Healthy Neighborhoods Program
  • Early Intervention,
  • Preschool Special Education Services

In partnership with Cayuga Health, there will be a COVID-19 Sampling Center in portable structures at The Shops at Ithaca Mall parking lot open Monday-Friday from 10am-3pm. Online registration is available and encouraged at or you can call 607-319-5709. Read More Here.

WIC will take appointments via phone call at 607-274-6630 through March 31st.

Environmental Health will have limited public contact.

Electronic and phone communication is encouraged. Call ahead.

Mental Health Services

Clinic and PROS Services:

  • Essential services will be provided over the phone.
  • Crisis, medications, injections, payee, and intake services will be available by phone Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30.
  • Please call 607-274-6200 for information
  • Anyone that comes to the building will be asked a few questions if they:
    • Have been exposed to COVID-19 or someone in quarantine;
    • Have any COVID-19 symptoms;
  • If any yes answers, person will be directed to outside medical provider and not be seen in the building.

Care Coordination will be available by telephone and offer the following:

  • Increased telephone communication to assess for immediate needs;
  • Work with member’s providers in order to link/connect member’s to resources;
  • Provide necessary supports during this time
  • Call the Care Management Unit at 607-274-6333

TC Department of Motor Vehicles

  • Remains open to the public from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Probation and Community Justice

  • Probation remains open for normal business and reporting with the exceptions of:
  • Day reporting program is closed
  • Community Service/SWAP is suspended until further notice

TC Social Services

  • All business will be conducted by phone for the near future.
  • For appointment services, contact your assigned worker or call 607-274-5345.
  • All visitors to the building will be screened and asked questions about travel if:
  • They have been exposed to COVID-19
  • They have been exposed to someone known to be in quarantine
  • They have symptoms
  • Anyone with “yes” answers will be directed to an external health care professional.

Tompkins Workforce NY

  • Offices closed to the public.

TC Dept of Veterans Services

  • No walk-ins.
  • Please call for an appointment at 607-274-5920

Area Hospitals

Cayuga Medical Center

  • Fully restricted.
  • All medically unnecessary visitors suspended.
  • Only visitors essential to the care of a patient allowed
  • Family/legal rep of patients facing end-of-life also allowed.
  • Anyone meeting exceptions will be screened for symptoms.
  • Patients encouraged to use electronic communications if possible.

Guthrie Cortland Medical Center

  • Fully restricted.
  • Non-emergent surgeries and a majority of clinical visits postponed

Healthy visits postponed through April 10 including:

  • Annual physicals
  • Well-child visits (except newborn checks)
  • Dental cleanings
  • Hearing and eye exams
  • Routine labs and some post-op visits.

Guthrie will contact patients by phone to postpone and reschedule.

Upstate Medical Center

  • Has opened a special COVID-19 triage center.



  • Will not close even if state closes (Open walk in and drive thru)
  • A&D Expanded services to include prescription delivery stipulations apply .


  • Remains open

Kinney Drugs

  • Remains Open (delivery open as well)

Price Chopper

  • Remains open


  • Remains open

Police & Fire

Cortland County Sheriff’s Office

  • Lobby closed to the public.
  • Please use call box next to the front door in order to speak with a dispatcher.
  • Non-emergency reports may be handled via telephone. Emergencies will be handles as normal.
  • Should in-person visits be required, please advise of anyone present with symptoms
  • Visitation suspended at county jail, along with outside services to inmates.
  • For records, call 607-758-6152 or email

Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office

  • Administrative Offices and Civil/Records Division closed until further notice.
  • Several nonessential services suspended.
  • Records requests should be made by mail.
  • Questions: Call 607-257-1345 (option #2), Monday through Friday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Cortland Police Department

  • Non-emergency reports should be handled via telephone. Emergencies will be handles as normal.
  • Should in-person visits be required, please advise of anyone present who may be showing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • For records: Call 607-758-8305 OR Email or

Homer Police Department

  • Public requested not to visit police headquarters.
  • General complaints, questions and non-emergencies: Call 607-749-2022.
  • Emergencies should be called into 911.
  • Records can still be obtained at 749-2028 Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4 pm
  • Also by email request to
  • Medication drop-off/drug take-back kiosks by appointment only (call 749-2022)

Ithaca Police Department

  • Non-emergency reports should be handled via telephone.
  • Emergencies will be handled as normal.
  • Should in-person visits be required, advise of anyone with symptoms present.
    • In addition, it may be asked that one steps outside of their business or home to communicate with an officer while maintaining social distancing.
  • Front Desk at Ithaca Police Department Headquarters is closed to the public. Please refrain from visiting unless it is a life threatening situation or if there is no other means of contacting the Ithaca Police Department.


  • New schedule for individuals filing new claim by phone or web.
  • As a reminder the 7-day waiting period has been waived
  • The day you file is based on the first letter of your last name.
  • Filing later in the week will not delay payments or affect the date of your claim.

Claims are effective on the Monday of the week of filing:

  • A-F: Monday
  • G-N: Tuesday
  • O-Z: Wednesday
  • If you missed a filing day, claim on Thursday or Friday


Cortland County Area Agency on Aging

  • All senior centers closed, including public programming.
  • Adult day health care programs suspended until further notice.
  • Meals on Wheels services will continue running on modified delivery schedules.
  • Social Security Offices Will Only Offer Phone Service. Online services continue.

Tompkins County Area Agency on Aging

  • All senior centers closed, including public programming.
  • All business will be conducted by phone.
  • If you have an appointment or need services, please call 607-274-5482.
  • Personal Emergency Response program medical monitoring will continue as usual
  • Service inquiries will be addressed and prioritized on the phone.

Home Care Agencies

  • Staff Kings – operating per usual unless otherwise directed
  • Classen Home Health Associates – operating per usual
  • Caregivers Home Care – Operating per usual. No one is to come to work who is ill.
  • Comfort Keepers – Operating per usual
  • St. Joe’s Home Care –
  • Elder Choice, Inc.- Operating per usual.
  • HCR Home Care – Operating per usual.
  • Medical Registration of CNY Guthrie –
  • Cortland Home Care- operating per usual. Screening patients

Hospicare & Palliative Care Services

  • Entry reduced to front doors only at both Cortland & Ithaca locations. 
  • All doors remaining available for emergency exit.
  • Visits to patients’ private homes continue as normal.
  • All staff, volunteers, and visitors will be screened upon entry
  • Essential personnel will wear N95 masks as required by the CDC
  • Infection control station available with hand sanitizer, tissues and other supplies.
  • No one exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will be permitted to enter the building.
  • Events and support groups cancelled until April 15.

Food Delivery

Food Pantries

Loaves and Fishes

  • Operating usual hours
  • As of 3/13 take out available to anyone

Salvation Army

  • Instead of soup kitchen, bagged lunches will be provided.
  • Vulnerable adults 65 + can be delivered a box of food

Catholic Charities

  • Helping Hands County Office Food Pantry Closed

Grace Christian Fellowship

  • Food Pantry 2nd 4th Fridays No plans to close

United Methodist Church

Bible Baptist Church

Homer Methodist Church

St. Margaret’s Church

Grocery Delivery

Homer IGA

  • Thursday delivery (Homer and Cortland only)
  • Call 749-3311 by 9 am Thursday; $3 delivery fee

Gregg’s Market

  • Will not be delivering for time being

Bill Bros

  • Continuing to deliver in village of McGraw
  • Call 607-836-4012 on Mon-Fri, 6am-noon

Cincinnatus Home Center/Market

  • Still delivering. Also expanded services to curbside delivery to elderly shoppers


  • Deliveries from Aldi. CVS, Price Chopper, Tops.
  • Two weeks free promotion ($99 yearly afterward)
  • Free Delivery on orders of $35 or more.

Meal Delivery

Moms Meals

  • Same delivery schedule as normal, but drivers can’t go inside homes.

Homestyle Direct

  • All deliveries on schedule and taking precautions in facilities.

Meals on Wheels

  • Deliveries possible for once or twice a week.


Cortland Taxi

  • Running as normal

Cortland Transit

  • Running as normal
  • Most up-to-date changes to Cortland Transit Bus Routes can be found at

First Transit

  • Waiving all fees for route deviations when transporting people to some Cortland and Homer school district school meal pickup locations.
  • Route 1 will serve: Cortland High School, Rickard St Apartments, OCM McEvoy BOCES.
  • Route 2 will serve: Smith Intermediate and Randall Middle Schools.
  • Route 3 will serve: Parker Elementary School, Randall Middle School, and Homer High School.
  • Route 4 will serve: Barry Primary School and Penguin Trailer Park.

Medical Transports

  • Running as normal

TCAT Bus Service

  • Reduced service through spring period ending May 23.
  • Visit for full schedule changes.

Other agencies

Access To Independence of Cortland County

  • All employees are working from home with office hours of 8am-4pm. To contact, call Braedon at 607-283-4881 and he will direct you to the appropriate staff member, or e-mail
  • Public Meetings will be held via teleconference
  • VITA Tax Services will continue to accept drop-offs of tax information
  • April 24-25: Universal Access Dinner and 5+1/2K race postponed
  • All other events cancelled until further notice.

Child Development Council

  • No walk-ins.
  • Appointments available via call or email only
  • Training, workshops and group meetings are also cancelled until further notice.

Cortland Blackbird Film Festival

  • Rescheduled to October 1-4

Cortland Area Chamber of Commerce

Cortland County Community Action Program (CAPCO)

  • All Agency sites, including the Main Office at 32 N Main St, Cortland are closed to the public through April 3rd.
  • Services and support will continue to be provided via phone at 607-753-6781 or electronically at

Cortland Country Music Park

  • Cancelling/postponing events until further notice

Cortland Eye Center

  • Offices closed until April 6 with date subject to change.
  • Emergent patients only with limited staff (call 607-753-7528 with an eye emergency)
  • Patients will be contacted to reschedule.

Cortland Free Library

  • Closed until further notice.

Cortland County YMCA

  • Closed and all programs cancelled until further notice.
  • YMCA April 4th 5K Spring Run has been postponed. New date to be announced.

Cortland County YWCA

  • Closed and all programs cancelled until further notice.
  • Aid to Victims of Violence Program will continue critical services.
    • Staff are primarily working remotely and will be conducting business as much as the can via phone, e-mail, and Skype.
    • Those seeking services are encouraged to call the hotline for guidance.
    • If In-Person encounter is necessary, visitors will be screened as per Health Department Guidelines.
  • Appointment and emergency-only.

Cortland LGBTQ Center

  • Center closed and in-person groups and meetings cancelled until further notice
  • Staff are available via e-mail, phone, and social media

Cortland Salvation Army

  • Nonessential programs suspended until further notice.
  • Food Services will continue with the following changes:
  • Soup Kitchen – “Grab and Go” lunches will be available Wednesdays, 12-1 pm
  • Food Pantry – Prepackaged Food Boxes distributed on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-3 pm starting March 24
  • Warming Centers remain open.

Cortland Repertory Theater

  • Cancelling/postponing events through March 31

Cortland Works Career Center

  • Closed until at least April 6.

CFCU Community Credit Union

  • Branch lobbies are closed.
  • Drive-Thru Lanes will remains open.
  • Drive-Thru and Call Center hours are extended 7am-6pm weekdays and 8:30am-1:30pm Saturdays.
  • Loan and credit card payments, official checks, and instant issues of lost, stolen or new credit and debit cards can be done through the Drive-Thru.
  • For services that cannot be done through the Drive-Thru, appointments can be made at the Port Watson Branch and at Administrative Offices. Call 607-257-8500 or 800-428-8340 to schedule an appointment.
  • Utilization of digital services is encouraged.
  • Fees are being waved for Skip-a-Pay Program, phone transfers, loan payments by card or ACH, and cash advances online or by phone.

CNY Living History Center

  • Closed until March 31.

CNY Maple Festival

  • 50th Anniversary event canceled. (New date: April 10-11, 2021)

Dryden Town Historical Society

  • Closed until further notice.
  • Meetings are postponed.

Family & Counseling Services

  • Transitioning to telephone and telehealth services.
  • Clinic Facilities will be closed to the public until April 6th.
  • Phone lines for information, support, and referral will be open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm.
    • Binghamton: 607-729-6206
    • Cortland: 607-753-0234
    • Oneida: 315-280-0400
  • Behavioral Health Services will delivered through telephone and telehealth capabilities. Clinical services will be offered Monday-Thursday 8am-8pm and on Friday 8am-5pm.

First National Bank of Dryden

  • Bank lobbies will be closed.
  • Services will be provided through ATMs, Drive-Thru, Online, and by telephone.
  • Loan Officers, Customer Service Representatives & Bookkeepers are available by appointment.
  • Drive-Thru Hours: Monday-Wednesday 8am–4:30pm, Thursday & Friday 8am–5:30pm, and Saturday 8am – 12pm

Greek Peak Mountain Resort

  • Closed for the season.
  • Hope Lake Lodge/Indoor Waterpark and Adventure Center closed until further notice.
  • Food delivery service from TRAX will continue to deliver within a 7 mile radius.

Groton Public Library

  • Closed to the public until further notice.

Homer Center for the Arts

  • Cancelling/postponing events through April 1

Homer Elks Lodge

  • No Wing Night (Mondays) or Bingo Night (Tuesdays) until further notice

Ithaca/Tompkins County YMCA

  • Closed until further notice

JM McDonald Complex

  • Closed until April 5th

JM Murray

  • Temporarily suspending all Day Habilitation and Pre-Vocational Services until further notice
  • Community Habilitation and self-directed services will continue to the best of their ability

Price Chopper

  • General public hours reduced to 7 am-10 pm for restock and sanitizing.
  • All stores pre-open exclusively to seniors from 6-7 am every day.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse

  • Public gatherings for Mass cancelled until further notice
  • Churches may remain open for prayer

Toggenburg Mountain

  • Closed for the season

Tops Markets

  • Hours reduced to 6 am-10 pm to allow staff to restock and sanitize.
  • Senior-only shopping everyday from 6-7 am.

X101 will also be closing our offices to the public, but can still be reached at 607-749-9942.

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