Weekend COVID roundup in greater Cortland County

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Between Friday and Sunday (November 20-22), Cortland County reported 76 new cases of COVID-19, surpassing 1,200 to-date with 152 currently active and seven people in the hospital.

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That’s the most hospitalized at any one time in the county during the pandemic.

Officials at Guthrie Cortland Medical Center say they created a second isolation space for patients that uses negative air pressure to prevent the virus from spreading.

In a report to the legislature, county health officials warned most of the current spread is coming from travelers and small gatherings with family and friends.

Meanwhile, parts of Syracuse will likely move into the Orange Zone this week, limiting places of worship to 33% capacity or 25 people max, and closing high-risk non-essential businesses like gyms, barber shops, and salons.

Orange Zone restaurants can only offer takeout or outdoor dining with no more than four people at each table.

Onondaga County reported more than 200 new cases yesterday and 189 on Saturday — 102 people are hospitalized, the first time active hospitalizations have exceeded 100 at once.

Cayuga County joined Cortland and several others in the region that decided to stop reporting potential exposure locations to the public — it’s now so widespread that doing so would be irrelevant.

Individual case reports and regular contact tracing will continue.

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