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Weekend COVID-19 updates in greater Cortland County

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Two more COVID-19 deaths were confirmed Saturday by the Cortland County Health Department, making a total of four to-date.

The latest: A woman in her 90’s and another in her 50’s.

Nearly 90 new cases were reported this weekend, including the highest single-day increase of 44 on Friday.

Active cases remain high at 173. Eight people are hospitalized and another 843 are being monitored.

Homer 6-12th graders will learn virtually today through Friday, after two student-positives that forced additional quarantines for 19 staff members and 57 students.

Schedules for Pre-K – 5th graders will continue unchanged.


In Tompkins County, an outbreak at the Oak Hill Nursing Home led to the death of three residents over the weekend.

Officials say just under 40 residents and 13 staff members at the home tested positive.

A total of 179 cases are active county-wide, a slight drop from a record-high of 188 on Saturday.

Cayuga Health opened a second test site in Ithaca at 412 Tioga Street, on top of their mass sampling center outside the Ithaca Mall which also remains open.


Onondaga County surpassed 10,000 total cases since the pandemic began in March.

Another 235 new positives were added yesterday alone.

Currently, more than 1,800 are infected and over 230 have died from the virus.

Most parts of the county are in ‘Orange’ cluster zones and the majority of schools moved to distance learning.


Three more walk-up rapid testing clinics are planned this week in Cayuga County.

A total of nine people have died thus far and 130 currently have the virus.


Statewide, the positivity rate is the highest it’s been since May at 4.27 %.

CNY is at 4.63 % on a 7-day rolling average, the third highest of any region behind Western New York and the Finger Lakes.

Governor Cuomo is expected to issue the state’s winter containment plan today.

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