Looking at the local COVID-19 caseload, the latest numbers, released Tuesday from the Tompkins County health department, indicate that there are 4 new cases, and 3 new recoveries. According to the County Health Department, that leaves 21 active cases of COVID-19 in Tompkins. On Monday, the 1 person hospitalized with complications from the virus, was…

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Looking at the local COVID-19 caseload, the latest numbers, released Friday from the Tompkins County health department, indicate that there are 4 additional positives, 5 new recoveries. According to the County Health Department, that leaves 33 active cases of COVID-19 in Tompkins. One person has been hospitalized from symptoms of the virus. In Schuyler County,…

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Several local gyms have resumed limited operations after meeting requirements announced by the state last month, such as reducing capacity to 33% and updating their facility’s air filtration systems. According to the Ithaca Times, certain activities with more contact have been limited and some facilities will no longer offer shower services. Guidelines required for reopening…

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Ithaca City School District Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown has announced that ICSD teachers will return to school buildings on October 5, with a hybrid model for in-person and virtual teaching and learning. According to Dr. Brown’s letter to the ICSD community, when surveyed in August, 56% of students chose in-person learning, 32% of teachers chose…

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As the fall months and the flu season approaches, the Tompkins County Health Department strongly urges local residents to get a flu shot, the Ithaca Voice reports. Frank Kruppa, Tompkins County health director, points out that flu shots are widely available right now.  He adds that if local residents take the time to get a…

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A student in the Odessa-Montour school district has been exposed to coronavirus, reports The Odessa File. The classmates and teacher at Hanlon elementary have been notified and will have to quarantine and temporarily take classes remotely. It is uncertain whether or not the exposed student has tested positive for COVID yet. More than 600 out…

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Even though Cornell’s Statler Hotel is temporarily closed for its regular hospitality business, it’s keeping busy as a space for students who are under isolation due to COVID-19 exposure, or who have tested positive for the virus.  As of Wednesday, the hotel was operating at almost 95% capacity, reports the Cornell Daily Sun. An anonymous…

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is reaffirming that colleges and universities in New York state that reach 100 COVID cases in two weeks must temporarily suspend in-person classes. Even though there have been 82 cases reported out of Cornell, only 31 cases will count towards that threshold. The Cornell Daily Sun explains that this is due to…

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