McGraw school district goes remote to finish this week

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McGraw school district — which has mostly been able to avoid any spread — yesterday moved to remote learning for the rest of the week due to a large number of precautionary staff quarantines.

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Superintendent Melissa McCool anticipates that students who aren’t quarantined themselves will be able to return to school on Monday.

“Because our students follow the social distancing rules, use appropriate mask etiquette, and practice good hygiene, the spread at school has been minimal,” McCool said. “Remember that a quarantine is out of an abundance of caution. When we work together, we minimize the spread of the virus.”

COVID-19 continues to surge in communities across Central New York and the rest of the state.

Cortland County added 25 new cases yesterday.

That makes 169 currently active and over 1,100 being monitored by local health officials.

Three more residents went to the hospital, totaling 11 at the moment and 42 to-date from the virus.

Tompkins County reports 226 active cases and four hospitalizations, blaming most of their rising numbers on get-togethers held over the recent Thanksgiving holiday.

Still, data from both counties pales in comparison to Onondaga County, where 175 people are currently hospitalized, including more than 30 in the ICU.

Another record-high of 288 new cases were added there yesterday.

Five new deaths were reported out of 248 thus far. More than 1,800 cases are active in the county.

Health officials statewide are seeing similar trends of where most new infections are coming from — contact tracing data shows 70 percent are linked with household spread and small gatherings.

Governor Cuomo said the state would be getting an initial delivery of the Covid-19 vaccine by December 15.

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