Possible COVID-19 exposure at Skaneateles Lake

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Anyone who may have visited the area known as “the Cove” at Skaneateles Lake on the Fourth of July may have been exposed to coronavirus and are advised to get screened.

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Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon made that announcement yesterday and said there were two positive cases, adding that extensive contact tracing is already being done but urging those in question to get tested.

Cortland County’s numbers remain among the lowest in NYS, with the latest data showing a total of 60 confirmed cases to-date and just eight active with no current hospitalizations. Sixty-eight others are being monitored.

However, it’s likely those stats will go up after additional exposure concerns were reported in the city last week.

On Friday, the County Health Department said a customer – who was wearing a mask – ordered food from BRU 64 on Main Street between 5:15-6:30 pm Thursday (July 9) and later tested positive for the virus.

BRU 64’s announcement came just a day after another possible exposure reported at the Lowe’s Home Improvement store on Route 13 in Cortland, who was also wearing a mask.

Meanwhile, a local tattoo artist at Ascend Gallery Tattoo & Piercing Shop on Central Avenue tested positive on July 10, but said no one else has been infected at the business.

Anytime a positive is reported, county and state contact tracers work to immediately identify and notify any other community members who may be at risk.

Residents who feel they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should monitor themselves for one or more of the following:

  • fever or chills
  • cough
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • fatigue
  • muscle or body aches
  • headache
  • new loss of taste or smell
  • sore throat
  • congestion or runny nose
  • nausea or vomiting
  • diarrhea

If symptoms do develop, stay home and call your doctor for further guidance about testing. If you’re elderly, have underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised, call your doctor early even if symptoms are mild.

In an emergency call 911.

All residents are encouraged to get tested now that expanded criteria allows everyone to do so without restriction.
  • 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

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