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Results of weekend rapid testing show 97% negative

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County health officials issued results from a rapid testing initiative held this past weekend, which administered over 1,900 individual screenings between Friday afternoon to Sunday evening.

Preliminary numbers show 97% of these tests turned back negative (1,857), with just 56 new positive cases reported that now make a total of 126 active and just under 800 to-date.

One person is currently hospitalized and more than 36k negative results are confirmed to-date. (more here)

This weekend, more than 40 volunteers donated their time and each site was deep-cleaned at the conclusion of events on Sunday by professional teams brought in by the State DOH.

Of the total number of individuals tested, over 452 were non-county residents who accounted for 23 of the new positives.

The remaining 33 were residents of Cortland County — the Health Department is still breaking down individual county of residence for those not from Cortland County.

“I’m very pleased and encouraged with the number of people that participated in this event and overall I think that it provides additional insight to where and how the virus may be spreading within and outside of our County,” said  Legislative Chairman Paul Heider. “I want to personally thank our partners at the State Department of Health for bringing resources to our community and I specifically want to thank the Cortland, Homer, and Marathon School Districts for their willingness to work with the County to provide theses testing locations with very little advance notice.

The County is continuing to look at options for continued community-wide testing and reminds everyone that if you are feeling ill to please stay home and consult with your health care provider about getting tested for COVID.

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