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Virus pushes holiday travel levels to lowest since 2018 recession

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Fewer travelers will be hitting the roads and skies for Thanksgiving this year, with AAA projecting a drop of at least 10% compared to 2019.

It’s expected to be the largest one-year decrease since the Great Recession in 2008.

COVID-19 is the main factor, hitting its second and third spikes in communities across the globe including our own.


Yesterday, Cortland County reported 31 new cases with 153 active and nearly 1,100 being monitored.

Two more residents were hospitalized, making seven currently, out of 30 to-date including two deaths.

The second death was reported just this week, a female in her early 70’s, after the first occurred on November 3 in a male that was in his 60’s.


Elsewhere, in Tioga County 54 people have died from the virus.

However, an alarming 11% positivity rate last week has improved to three-percent so far this week.


Another 175 cases were confirmed in Onondaga County, down from 199 new infections the day before.

More than 200 deaths are reported and many areas are in yellow and orange-level cluster zones.


Tompkins County has 130 active cases, with eight current hospitalizations and just under 10k awaiting test results.

Three deaths in total are confirmed, two of whom resided outside the county.


Meanwhile, all SUNY students completed mandatory screenings before heading home for their break.

Out of more than 152k tested, just 0.63-percent came back positive.

Each is now isolating under direction from their university and local public health officials.

Over 530k were done over the entire Fall Semester with a 0.52 positivity rate.

SUNY Cortland shows more than 40 students isolating or quarantining on campus.

Just three are being monitored at TC3.


While travel numbers are down on average, it will still be a busier than normal on the road over the next few days.

Motorists are reminded of a statewide holiday DWI crackdown that begins today and ends on Sunday.

It runs in coordination with the 21st Annual “Buckle Up New York, Click It or Ticket” seatbelt enforcement, already ongoing and also ending Sunday.

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