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Pandemic deaths surpass 50 in Cortland County

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Two more local nursing home residents died this weekend from COVID-19, both reported on Saturday.

That pushes Cortland County’s cumulative pandemic-related death toll up to 51.

Over the past month, 46 have died and more than 1,000 came down with the virus.

Communities are now working to vaccinate the public, under direction by the state’s phased distribution plan, which opens up to 1B today.

Anyone 75 or older can now make an appointment with local providers to get their shots. Teachers, first responders and transportation workers are also now eligible.

The Cortland County Health Department opens up its first vaccine clinic tomorrow from 3-7 pm. At this time, only 1A individuals can register.

Public health director Lisa Perfetti said capacity would expand gradually, adding that another clinic is in the works for this Thursday. Until last week, local health departments weren’t permitted to distribute their own vaccines.

Perfetti was featured on Saturday’s Meet Cortland County segment:

“The Health Department has been working for years on plans — and practicing to distribute vaccines at a mass clinic,” she said. “We are ready and up for the task.”

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