Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates for Cayuga County

Cayuga County Active Cases in Isolation Graph 8-7-20

Updated 6/26/20

Cayuga County COVID-19 Supply Distribution

In an effort to assist all entities in Cayuga County with their restart plans and continued compliance with NYS Forward, the Cayuga County Emergency Management Office has the following supplies available to all entities within Cayuga County:

  • Hand Sanitizer
    • 1 gallon bottles with pumps
    • 2 oz. spray bottles
    • 8 oz. bottles
  • Cloth Masks
  • Forehead Thermometers

Please email Deputy Director Harry Sherman to request these items.

Reopening Phase 4

In addition to essential businesses and businesses allowed to reopen in Phases 1, 2, and 3 -  starting June 26th, businesses in certain sectors are eligible to reopen if they are able to meet the safety guidelines provided by the New York State Department of Health:

  • Higher Education
    • community and junior colleges, universities, graduate and professional schools, medical schools, and technical schools 
  • Low-Risk Outdoor Arts & Entertainment
    • Outdoor zoos, botanical gardens, nature parks, grounds of historic sites and cultural institutions, outdoor museums, outdoor agritourism, local agricultural demonstrations and exhibitions; and other similar institutions/activities
  • Low-Risk Indoor Arts & Entertainment
    • Indoor museums, historical sites, aquariums, and other related institutions or activities that have been permitted to reopen
  • Media Production
    • All activities undertaken in motion picture, music, television, and streaming productions on set, on location, or at any production or recording site
  • Detailed list of all eligible businesses and what they need to do to be able to reopen
  • Non-essential gatherings of up to 50 people are permissible now. 
  • Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Orders, the following businesses remain closed:
    • Malls, specifically, any indoor common portions of retail shopping malls with 100,000 or more square feet of retail space available for lease; however, any stores located within shopping malls, which have their own external entrances open to the public, separate from the general mall entrance (e.g. strip malls), may open;
    • Large gathering/event venues, including but not limited to establishments that host concerts, conferences, or other in-person performances or presentations in front of an in-person audience;
    • Gyms, fitness centers, and exercise classes, except for remote or streaming services;
    • Video lottery and casino gaming facilities;
    • Movie theaters, except drive-ins; and
  • Governor Andrew M. Cuomo established the New York State PAUSE Enforcement Assistance Task Force to assist local authorities with enforcement of Executive Orders and restrictions on business operations and activities as well as gatherings during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

    Individuals can file complaints regarding the operation of businesses or gatherings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 1-833-789-0470.

County Departments continue to provide services via phone or email.

The County Office Building is closed to the public, except for Department of Social Services emergency services.

You can find department contact information on our department pages. Departments are working at reduced staffing and in many cases remotely. Please use the phone numbers listed on the respective department pages to get in contact with staff. Leave a phone message as necessary. Staff will get back to you as soon as they can. Refer to the FAQ below to find out about changes in specific departments.

If you have coronavirus-related health questions, you can call Upstate University Hospital’s 24-hour triage hotline at 315-464-3979. For general questions call the NYS Department of Health coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065.

While the county encourages social distancing, we also want to remain connected with residents. Don’t miss any updates by signing up for automatic email and/or text message notifications. Click the mail or phone icon next to Coronavirus COVID-19 Response in the alert center and you will be notified as soon a new update is posted. Please note: If you have previously signed up for other alerts, you need to visit the alert center again and subscribe to the COVID-19 alert.

Amidst this health crisis, Cayuga County government remains committed to serving your needs!

Below you can access important information about county departments, community resources, and prevention measures. When you click on one of the links below, you will be directed to our frequently asked questions page. You can return to this page by clicking the back arrow.