Cortland County Reports First COVID-19 Death


BINGHAMTON, NY (WSKG) — The Cortland County Health Department announced its first COVID-19 related death among residents on Tuesday.


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According to health officials, the person was a male in his 60s with underlying health conditions. He had been hospitalized for treatment and died on Tuesday.

The news comes after an October where about twice as many New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 as in September.

“We extend our heartfelt sympathies to this gentleman’s family and friends,” said Lisa Perfetti Interim Cortland County Public Health Director in a statement. “This serves as a very unfortunate reminder to the community about the need for each of us to do our part to protect our most vulnerable neighbors. We continue to stress the importance of avoiding gatherings, wearing masks, social distancing, and staying home when ill.”

There were three COVID-19 hospitalizations and 79 active cases in the county as of Tuesday afternoon.