Yesterday (March15) marked one year since Cortland County administrator Rob Corpora declared a State of Emergency related to COVID-19.
At that time, there were still no confirmed cases in the county.
The first positives weren’t identified until about a week later on March 21.
It took nearly eight months to record the first death and cases remained among the lowest in New York State, even as they were spiking in areas nearby.
Since then, 62 county residents have died from the virus, including 39 in local nursing homes.
Nearly 180 required treatment in a hospital out of the more than 3,900 total who got infected.
Cases are now declining steadily and vaccine distribution is picking up.