CORTLAND COUNTY REPORTS TWO NEW DEATHS AND
URGES RESIDENTS TO REMAIN VIGILANT AS COVID-19 CASES RISE
CORTLAND, NY- The Cortland County Health Department confirms two new deaths of local
residents who had tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total number of Cortland
County deaths related to COVID-19 to four (4). One of the women was in her 90’s and the other
was in her 50’s. Out of respect for the families, the Cortland County Health Department will not
release any further information about these individuals.
“There are no adequate words to express the level of sadness this week has brought to these
families and we send them our heartfelt sympathies,” said Interim Public Health Director, Lisa
Perfetti. “Each member of our community has a part to play in reducing the spread and protecting
our families, friends and neighbors.”
The virus is currently widespread in Cortland County. The Health Department strongly
encourages each resident to do their part by wearing their masks, washing their hands frequently,
staying at least 6 feet away from anyone outside of their homes and staying home when ill.
The Cortland County Health Department reports that information from case investigations
confirm that many of the recent positive cases are the result of spread among family members or
friends, co-workers in small offices, those who lunch or take breaks with other co-workers and
people who have recently traveled. It is important for the community continue to practice all
recommended protocols to limit the continued transmission of this virus.