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Cortland Mayor discusses “People First” COVID-19 response (audio)

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Cortland Mayor Brian Tobin stopped by WXHC this morning for an exclusive interview on the city’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the county’s State of Emergency declaration.

During today’s conversation with Vinnie Bellardini, the Cortland mayor hit on two key points he considered central to a sound community approach to the issue: Putting people first and practicing effective ‘social distancing.’

No, that’s not an excuse to be rude or antisocial, but rather an invitation to employ simple and effective strategies required in unusual times like those of the current day.

Some of the examples Tobin gave were providing six feet or more of personal space for others, replacing handshakes with “fist bumps” or smile-n-waves and reducing trips to places where crowds are possible.

While no cases of COVID-19 have yet been diagnosed in Cortland County, evidence of that likely changing soon can be seen in rising reports by its neighbors like Broome, Tompkins and others.

All schools in Cortland School District are set to close this week and move to distance learning until at least April 14.


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