Weekly top reads: Coronavirus in Cayuga County, social distancing grade, NY prison closures
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'Be mindful': Cayuga County's second COVID-19 case shares her story
First came a slight fever. Then chills, then aches.
Then, a week after she returned to Auburn on spring break from SUNY New Paltz, Anna Streeter lost her senses of smell and taste.
The 20-year-old didn't think she had coronavirus, or COVID-19. She had never heard of people losing those senses as a symptom.
But two days after she did, Streeter learned she had indeed tested positive for the virus that's become a worldwide pandemic. She was the second of four confirmed cases in Cayuga County so far.
Since then, Streeter has made a full recovery. She was released from mandatory isolation on March 27, her symptoms gone. She feels back to normal today. But as the pandemic continues, she shared her story with The Citizen in hopes of helping the community understand the virus and the measures officials are taking to control it.
"People who have the virus do not show all the common symptoms," Streeter said. "If you are experiencing no sense of smell and taste, and have no other symptoms at all, I would recommend staying isolated and getting a test if possible."
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Streeter said she caught COVID-19 at New Paltz, where she is a sophomore. A few days after her symptoms emerged, she received an email from the Hudson Valley college telling her she had been exposed to a professor who tested positive for the virus.
Even before the email, Streeter said, her doctor and family encouraged her to get tested for COVID-19 based on her fever, chills and aches. The possibility was in the back of her mind, but she thought it was more likely a cold. She took the test anyway. While many have encountered difficulty taking it, Streeter said it was easy for her, as her doctor happened to have tests available.
A few days after the test, she lost her senses of smell and taste. Then, late in the evening of March 21, Streeter learned she had tested positive.
"I was pretty shocked," she said. "I didn't let myself believe that I actually had this virus that was affecting and killing so many people."
She was contacted by the Cayuga County Health Department the next day. The department wanted to know Streeter's symptoms, she said, and anyone she had been in direct contact with recently. As a result, her parents have been placed in quarantine in Auburn until April 7, and three of her friends from New Paltz have been quarantined for two weeks as well. Neither her parents nor her friends have shown any symptoms, Streeter said.
Her own quarantine took effect retroactively on March 14, when she first showed symptoms. Through her release on March 27, she was phoned daily by a nurse with the county, who asked Streeter what symptoms she was showing and whether she had the food and cleaning supplies she needed. A county employee also visited her house every day to make sure she and her parents were confining themselves there.
Cayuga County Public Health Director Kathleen Cuddy said individuals who violate orders of mandatory isolation or quarantine will be brought before a judge for a supplemental court order. Depending on the case, the individual could return home with security paid for by the county. If they violate the court order, they could go to jail. But there has yet to be a violation of the county's isolation or quarantine orders, Cuddy added.
"Fortunately, we have very informed and cooperative citizens who want to do the right thing," she said.
When her quarantine ended, Streeter received a letter from the county saying she's no longer under any travel restrictions. She's read that her recovery could mean she's now immune to COVID-19, but she's not taking any chances. She'll remain home, staying busy with her studies. Like other campuses in the SUNY system, New Paltz has shifted to distance learning for the rest of the spring semester. So Streeter is continuing her coursework in communication disorders online, and hopes to become a speech-language pathologist after graduating.
What Streeter won't do is risk spreading the virus that turned her world upside down for two weeks. Though her symptoms weren't serious, and she never feared for her life, she understands that not everyone will be so lucky with COVID-19.
"Even if you think you feel OK and continue to go out, be mindful of the other people who may be at serious risk because of your actions," she said.
Auburn streets closed off as police negotiate with suicidal person
The Auburn Police Department and New York State Police closed off State Street in Auburn between Pulaski and York streets on Thursday night as an Auburn police negotiator was trying to talk a suicidal person into coming out of their apartment.
According to Auburn police, the person is unarmed. The police were trying to get the individual to accept help.
Auburn Deputy Police Chief Roger Anthony said a concerned citizen called in about a suicidal person just before 7 p.m. State police were at the scene at one point, Anthony said, but at around 9:15 p.m. he wasn't sure if state police were still there.
Traffic was reopened after 10 p.m.
More information is not available at this time and this story may be updated later.
Does Cayuga County really deserve a D- in social distancing?
The report comes from Unacast, an Oslo- and New York City-based startup that specializes in human mobility data collected from mobile device usage. Though the company was founded to help businesses strategize based on how people move around the world, Unacast recently used its data to create a Social Distancing Scoreboard. The scoreboard is the first part of a pro bono COVID-19 Toolkit the company is developing to help public health experts, policymakers, academics, community leaders and businesses as they respond to the spread of the virus.
The scoreboard assigns letter grades at the state and county levels based on Unacast's human mobility data. Specifically, the company generates those grades from the percentage of change in the average distance traveled in the area. The company selected that statistic, it says on its website, because it correlates strongly to the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in that area, and also because it reflects people switching to home offices and avoiding nonessential travel. Still, Unacast acknowledges some problems with grading social distancing based on that variable.
"Of course people can travel far without meeting a soul or travel 50 feet and end up in a crowd — so we know that the real world picture can be quite complex," the company says on its website. "Changing behavior will trigger adjustments in our data strategy. That's why, post launch, we will be continuously working to improve our social distancing models."
Regardless, Unacast's Social Distancing Scoreboard has inspired much reporting on how well states and counties are complying with social distancing. And in central New York, that reporting has seen Cayuga County rank at the bottom of the region, tied with neighboring Wayne and Seneca counties. Cayuga was assigned a letter grade of D earlier this week, and was at a D- as of Friday morning. The grade is based on the county's changes in average distance traveled (between -25% and -40%, a grade of D) and non-essential visits (less than -55%, a grade of F). In comparison, New York County, which consists of Manhattan, was assigned a grade of A based on -70% or greater changes in both average distance traveled and non-essential visits.
That comparison speaks to a potential problem with Unacast's methodology. County by county in New York, the grades assigned by the company generally rise and fall in tandem with another variable: population density. The five densest counties in the state — the New York City counties of New York, Bronx, Kings, Queens and Richmond — were assigned grades of A, C, A-, B and A-. Meanwhile, the five least dense counties — Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton and Lewis — were assigned grades of D, C, D, C and D. It also makes basic sense that an assessment of social distancing using travel data would favor denser, more urban counties over less dense, rural ones. Long travel, particularly for food, is more essential to the latter than the former.
There are outliers, however. Counties that don't follow the correlation between their social distancing grade and their population density include Queens, which was assigned a C alongside the far more sparsely populated counties of Essex and Hamilton. And Monroe, home of Rochester, was also assigned a C despite having the ninth highest population density in the state.
A closer examination of Unacast's methodology isn't possible without knowing more about it, including the origin of its non-essential visit data and how, when generating its grades, the company weighs the percentage changes in both that data and average distanced traveled. Unacast responded to a request for comment by referring to its website, which does not contain that information.
With a concept as nebulous as social distancing, anecdotal data may be as useful as numbers like Unacast's. And that data shows Cayuga County faring better than the company's scoreboard does.
Both Auburn Police Chief Shawn Butler and Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck believe the community is doing well complying with social distancing during the pandemic. Neither department has had to break up any gatherings, they said. Butler said crime numbers are down, and Schenck said the sheriff's office is receiving fewer calls. The sheriff also noted his department is seeing fewer people in public and on the road. Butler did add that Auburn police are seeing more domestic incidents, however, and said that was anticipated with so many people isolated in their homes.
"We are hopeful our community members know when it's time to step outside and take a walk to get some fresh air and distance themselves from each other," Butler said.
Both law enforcement officials also stressed the importance of continuing to comply with social distancing in order to slow the spread of coronavirus.
"This is a crucial time for us as this pandemic spreads across our state. I do not want to see our community and local hospitals overrun with critically ill patients as we are seeing in New York City," Schenck said. "Limiting our contact with others is the best way to slow the spread of COVID-19, and we need to continue following those recommendations."
Two Cayuga County farmworkers test positive for coronavirus
Two farmworkers living in Cayuga County have tested positive for the coronavirus.
The two new confirmed cases include a man in his 20s who lives in Auburn and a man in his 30s who lives outside of the city, according to the Cayuga County Health Department. Both are identified as farmworkers and work at different farms in the county.
The health department launched investigations to determine if the men had any contact with individuals who may have been exposed to the virus.
Cayuga County now has six confirmed cases of the coronavirus. Three people, including the two new positive cases, are in mandatory isolation. A man who tested positive for COVID-19 last week remains in isolation.
There are 29 people in mandatory quarantine. These are individuals who had contact with confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
No hospitalizations or deaths due to the coronavirus have been reported in Cayuga County.
Cayuga County has conducted 346 tests for COVID-19. The results are known for 301 tests, with six positive results and 295 people testing negative.
The department is awaiting the results of 45 tests, according to a news release.
The coronavirus is a respiratory illness. The symptoms include a cough, fever, shortness of breath and sore throat. Other symptoms have been reported, including the loss of senses.
New York has the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States. There are 92,381 positive cases in the state and 13,383 people are hospitalized.
The COVID-19 death toll is up to 2,373 in New York.
Estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization indicate that between 75 to 80% of people who contract COVID-19 experience mild symptoms. Certain groups, including seniors, individuals with underlying medical conditions and those with compromised immune systems, are at a higher risk of serious illness.
NY taking ventilators from Auburn, upstate NY hospitals for downstate COVID-19 response
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ordering Auburn Community Hospital and other upstate medical centers to give up ventilators and personal protective equipment for the downstate response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Cuomo said Friday that he would issue an executive order allowing the state to "take ventilators and PPE from institutions that don't need them now and redeploy them to other parts of the state and other hospitals that do need them."
On a conference call with Cuomo and state Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker, hospital executives — including Auburn Community Hospital President and CEO Scott Berlucchi — were asked to provide between 10 to 20% of unused ventilators and personal protective equipment.
Rich Azzopardi, a senior adviser to Cuomo, clarified that the state is requesting hospitals loan 20% of their unused ventilators to downstate hospitals. The state will either return the equipment or reimburse the hospital.
The National Guard will be deployed to transfer the equipment from upstate to downstate medical facilities. Berlucchi said Auburn Community Hospital will comply with the order.
"We will strike a balance between the immediate needs of the downstate hospitals while protecting our local patients and our community in case of a surge in positive cases for COVID-19," Berlucchi said in a statement. "As a small community hospital, we will work with our hospital team and community leaders to find innovative solutions to meet these challenges while caring for our patients. Our supplies are not large, but we will do what we can."
More than 93% of the 102,863 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state are in New York City, Nassau, Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester counties. There are 14,810 people hospitalized, including 3,731 in intensive care units. A vast majority of the patients are in downstate hospitals.
Cuomo identified eight hospitals in the New York City area that are considered "hotspot" facilities because they have the highest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations.
With a rapidly growing number of downstate hospitalizations and ICU admissions, the state needs more ventilators. While the state has been able to purchase more ventilators and the federal government provided more than 4,000 machines, Cuomo has estimated the state will need at least 30,000 ventilators.
"I'm not going to get into a situation where we're running out of ventilators and people are dying because there are no ventilators but there are hospitals in other parts of the state that have ventilators that they're not using," Cuomo said Friday. "I'm just not going to allow us to go there. I think it would be wholly irresponsible."
Cuomo's order has been criticized by several upstate elected officials, including state Sen. Pam Helming.
Helming, R-Canandaigua, represents several towns in Cayuga County and a portion of Auburn. She said that several county health departments in upstate New York do not have an adequate supply of COVID-19 test kits.
She believes it sets a dangerous precedent to take equipment from hospitals for use elsewhere.
"The state of New York needs to work with all our hospitals to get the resources to the right places, while ensuring they have what they need to take care of their own patients," Helming said.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said he's had conversations with hospital executives in the Buffalo area and all of the ventilators are in use. As of Thursday, there are 79 COVID-19 patients in Erie County who are on a ventilator.
Poloncarz pledged that no one in Erie County will have a ventilator taken away to send to a downstate hospital.
"We're all in this together, but someone's life downstate is no different than a life up here," he said.
But with ventilators in short supply at downstate hospitals, Cuomo is seeking help from other hospitals in New York.
He said the "burn rate" for ventilators is about 300 a day, meaning that 300 ventilators are needed daily to meet the growing demand.
When the outbreak worsens in upstate New York, he said the state would divert resources to those hospitals.
"I'm not going to let people die because we didn't redistribute ventilators," Cuomo added.
Coronavirus stimulus checks: Who will get (at least) $1,200?
Millions of New Yorkers will receive checks from the federal government — a key provision in the $2 trillion stimulus bill that Congress is finalizing to address the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the U.S. economy.
There are many questions about the checks. Who is eligible? What are the income thresholds? Will you get checks for children in the home? When will the checks arrive?
The Citizen seeks to answer those questions — and more.
Who will get a check?
Single filers with adjusted gross incomes of up to $75,000 a year will be eligible for a $1,200 check. Individuals filing as a head of household would get $1,200 if they earn up to $112,500 a year. Couples earning up to $150,000 a year will eligible for a $2,400 check.
Smaller checks will be distributed to individuals earning between $75,000 and $99,000, heads of household earning between $112,500 and $136,500 and couples whose income is between $150,000 and $198,000.
Parents will get $500 payments for children ages 16 and under. For example, a married couple with two children could get up to $3,400 — a $2,400 rebate and $1,000 for the children.
How will the check amount be determined?
If you have filed your 2019 tax return, that's what will determine how much you get. If you haven't filed your 2019 tax return yet, then your 2018 return will be used to determine the amount of your check.
When will I receive the check?
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said that they want the checks to be distributed in April. It will depend on how quickly Congress can pass the bill and when President Donald Trump signs it into law. When the federal government has sent stimulus payments to Americans in the past, it took weeks to complete the process.
How will I get the check?
It will depend on how you receive your income tax returns. If you receive the return in the form of a direct deposit, then that's how you'll receive your stimulus check. For those who haven't set up direct deposit, paper checks will be mailed to you.
I'm on Social Security. Will I get check?
Retirees and Social Security beneficiaries will receive checks. The same rules apply: Their incomes can't exceed the threshold.
Who is ineligible?
"Non resident aliens" — people who don't have green cards — won't receive checks. Dependents aren't eligible to receive checks.
Will it be taxed?
No. But there may be a scenario that would require a taxpayer to return some of the money when they file their returns next year.
An example: You're an individual filer with an income of $74,000 in 2019. You are eligible to receive a $1,200 check from the Internal Revenue Service. In 2020, your income increases to $78,000. You will be required to pay some of the money back when you file your return in 2021.
That's because the checks are technically based on what you will earn in 2020. Since that figure is unknown, the IRS will use past tax returns to determine eligibility.
What if I made too much in 2019, but lose income this year?
A possible scenario: You're a single filer who made $105,000 in 2019. Based on that income, you're not eligible for a check right away. But if, for example, your income declines to $74,000 this year, you would get the rebate when you file your return next year.
Coronavirus testing in Cayuga County: How it works and why everyone won't be tested
You have the symptoms of the coronavirus — a cough, fever, shortness of breath or a sore throat. The only way of confirming whether you've contracted the virus is a test.
In Cayuga County, there is a process to determine whether you will be tested for COVID-19.
Kathleen Cuddy, public health director of the Cayuga County Health Department, explained the testing plan in an extended interview with The Citizen. The information provided by Cuddy sheds light on the procedures in place to respond to the coronavirus outbreak and why the local testing numbers lag behind at least two neighboring counties.
Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 is asked to call their health care provider. If they don't have a primary care physician, they could consult with a community health center such as East Hill Family Medical in Auburn or a local urgent care center.
When the symptomatic person contacts one of these offices, they will be asked questions and an appointment will be scheduled. A medical professional will complete a patient respiratory assessment form. The purpose of filling out the form is to collect demographic information about the patient, document their symptoms and determine if they are immunocompromised or have chronic health conditions.
People with underlying medical conditions or have compromised immune systems are at a higher risk of serious illness if they contract COVID-19.
If the medical professional decides that testing is warranted, the form will include their explanation.
The document is sent to the Cayuga County Health Department. The department will contact the patient to schedule an appointment for them to be tested.
"The first reason we did this assessment was to make sure that somebody with some other serious health issue did not come to be tested when they really should have been assessed for pneumonia," Cuddy said. "We don't have the ability to do that assessment (for pneumonia). That's the health care provider. We're just doing the swabbing only."
When a health department nurse conducts the coronavirus test, the sample is collected and shipped to Labcorp. It could take up to a week to learn the result.
While the health department is one option, there are other testing sites in the region. People who are seriously ill and go to the hospital emergency room can be tested for COVID-19. There are also drive-through testing centers in Onondaga and Tompkins counties. Any Cayuga County residents who go to those locations will have their results reported to the Cayuga County Health Department.
There is another reason for the assessment form: The lack of personal protective equipment and testing swabs.
With nationwide shortages of personal protective equipment — gloves, gowns and masks — and testing kits, the county had to prioritize who is at greatest risk if they have the virus. The health department announced last week that critically ill patients, health care workers and first responders would be tested first.
"The physicians have really been great at referring people who are at greater risk because, as one of our doctors said, we have people we see who very likely could have this virus, but they don't meet the high-risk criteria," Cuddy said. "The treatment is not going to be any different for them if they know or if they don't know."
She continued, "We recommend that they go home, that they stay home, they treat their symptoms. If they get worse, call us back. Or if they get very severe (symptoms), of course, for anybody they should go to the hospital."
As of Monday, 265 Cayuga County residents have been tested for the coronavirus. That pales in comparison to the 3,215 people who have been tested in Onondaga County and 1,427 tests in Tompkins County.
It's true that both counties have larger populations than Cayuga. But both have been doing far more testing per capita. Onondaga and Tompkins counties also have drive-through testing locations that are open to the public. Cayuga County doesn't have such a site.
Cuddy projected that there would be more confirmed COVID-19 cases in Cayuga County "if we had an unlimited supply of everything," including testing kits.
"If the physicians could send every possible patient to us we would see much higher numbers," she added. "But they are being very judicious in assessing their patient and sending us those who are the highest priority and have the greatest risk factors."
COVID-19 in Cayuga County
There are four confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Cayuga County, according to the latest situational update provided by the health department.
So far, 230 of 234 people have tested negative for the virus. But the numbers don't tell the whole story.
Cuddy acknowledged that it's "quite likely" there would be more confirmed cases if the people who had mild symptoms of the virus were tested.
"I am speculating that is the case," she said. "But it is not without reason given what we know in the areas throughout our state, throughout our community and our surrounding communities there are positive cases."
Even though the numbers are low at the moment, Cuddy wants the public to take the pandemic seriously. There is a stay-at-home order in New York and mass gatherings are prohibited. Schools are closed. Non-essential businesses were ordered to keep workers at home.
"The virus is present in our community and consequently, we don't want people to become complacent with their social distancing efforts," she said.
Two new COVID-19 cases in Cayuga County, one person hospitalized
The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Cayuga County has doubled in 48 hours, with two new positive tests announced on Friday.
According to the Cayuga County Health Department, the two new cases include a man in his 40s who lives outside of Auburn and works on a dairy farm. The man is hospitalized, but it wasn't disclosed if he's a patient at Auburn Community Hospital.
A woman in her 20s who lives in Auburn also tested positive for the virus. She is in mandatory isolation.
The department launched contact tracing investigations to determine if anyone else has been exposed to COVID-19.
The farmworker is the second Cayuga County dairy farm employee who has contracted COVID-19. The health department announced Thursday that two farmworkers, including a dairy farm laborer, tested positive for the coronavirus.
Deanna Hoey, senior public health educator and public information officer at the Cayuga County Health Department, told The Citizen that the two dairy farmworkers who tested positive for COVID-19 aren't employed by the same farm.
"We also understand that the farmworker community is a tight-knit community and while many of them work on separate farms they do gather together often," she wrote in an email.
The health department is working with the affected farms and local agriculture groups, including the Cayuga County Farm Bureau, to respond to the confirmed cases. Those conversations will continue over the weekend, Hoey said.
Five people, including the hospitalized farmworker, are in mandatory isolation. There are 48 people in mandatory quarantine, up from 29 on Thursday. Mandatory quarantine is ordered when someone has direct contact with a person who tests positive for COVID-19.
Hoey said that most of the new mandatory quarantines had contact with the farmworkers.
Cuomo gets power in NY budget to close more state prisons
A budget bill that moving toward adoption Tuesday contains a provision allowing Gov. Andrew Cuomo to expedite the closure of more New York correctional facilities.
The public protection and general government budget bill includes Cuomo's proposal to shutter prisons in the 2020-21 fiscal year if he gives state legislative leaders at least 90 days' notice — a shorter period than the one-year notification requirement outlined in state law.
There is certain information Cuomo must provide to Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, including the list of facilities that will be closed, the number of incarcerated individuals in the prisons and how many employees will be affected.
The bill also requires that Anthony Annucci, acting commissioner of the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, report on staff relocations within 60 days after the prisons are closed.
With the inmate population declining, Cuomo wants to close more prisons. He has shut down 17 correctional facilities since becoming governor in 2011. In 2019, he closed two prisons — Lincoln Correctional Facility, a minimum-security prison in Manhattan, and Livingston Correctional Facility, a medium-security prison in western New York.
As of March 1, there were 43,881 inmates in the state prison system. That's down from 46,973 in early 2019.
The prisons that could be closed this year haven't been identified. Annucci testified at a budget hearing in February that the goal is to eliminate 2,500 beds. He said it would be "within the realm of possibility" that at least two or three prisons will be closed.
The state has eliminated more than 6,650 beds since Cuomo became governor in 2011. The prison closures have saved the state approximately $193 million a year, according to DOCCS.
Michael Powers, president of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association, criticized the proposed closure of more state prisons in a statement released after Cuomo presented his budget plan in January.
NYSCOPBA opposes prison closures because they argue it leads to overcrowding in the correctional facilities that remain open.
"The last thing we need is incarcerated individuals tightly crammed into prisons, creating nothing more than a powder keg of violence," Powers said.
State lawmakers are working to finalize the 2020-21 budget amid the coronavirus outbreak in New York. Several policy proposals that were part of the initial public protection and general government budget bill were excluded from the final agreement.
LIST: Cayuga County-area grocery store hours, limits and more during COVID-19
People have been hitting grocery stores hard during the coronavirus pandemic, and the social distancing necessary to slow its spread.
As a result, grocery stores have significantly changed how they operate in order to adapt to the heightened demand for items like toilet paper and hand sanitizer.
Below is a guide to grocery stores in the Cayuga County area: Hours, hours for seniors only to shop, item limits and more.
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Address: 1651 Clark St. Road, Aurelius
Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily
Senior hours: None at this time, but people who want to avoid crowds are advised to come later in the day.
Item limits: Most in-demand items limited to two or four; limits subject to demand and availability. In-store signage updated regularly.
Other: Paying by card and maintaining distance from employees encouraged to reduce risk of community spread. Delivery and curbside pickup available through Instacart.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays
Senior hours: 8 to 9 a.m. daily for seniors 60 and older (beginning Sunday, March 22)
Item limits: Two per person of each of the following: all canned meats and proteins, butter, eggs, milk, ramen noodles/cups, Campbell's soup, dish liquid, hand soap, sanitizer, canned vegetables, bath tissue, rice, non-flavored water, disinfecting spray and sanitizing wipes.
Other: Delivery and curbside pickup available through Instacart. First responders and health care workers without a membership can shop from 8 to 9 a.m. Sundays.
Info: Call (315) 252-5300
Addresses: 343 Genesee St., Auburn; 72 Utica St., Port Byron; 8881 S. Seneca St., Weedsport; 133 Main St., Moravia; 2504 W. Main St., Cato; 1159 Route 5, Elbridge
Hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily
Senior hours: 8 to 9 a.m. daily
Item limits: Three per person of any combination of sanitation products, including toilet paper, paper towels, hand sanitizer, soaps and baby wipes.
Hours: Open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily except for Wednesdays
Senior hours: None at this time.
Item limits: None at this time.
Info: Call (315) 253-5621
Address: 1 E. Cayuga St., Moravia
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily
Senior hours: None at this time.
Item limits: (Unavailable)
Info: Call (315) 497-1911
Addresses: 177 Cayuga St., Union Springs, and 8963 N. Seneca St., Weedsport
Hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily
Senior hours: None at this time, but the store encourages seniors to shop between 7 and 8 in the morning.
Item limits: One per person on toilet paper at both stores; two per person on hamburger or hot dog rolls at the Weedsport store.
Info: Call the Union Springs store at (315) 889-5516 and the Weedsport store at (315) 834-3013
Tops Friendly Markets
Addresses: 352 Genesee St., Auburn; 227 E. Main St., Elbridge; and 40 Fennell St., Skaneateles
Hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
Senior hours: 6 to 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for seniors 60 and older
Item limits: Two per person of each of the following: adult care, baby formula, baby wipes, bath tissue (18 roll pack or larger), big pack chicken, bleach (one container), cereal (four boxes), cleansing flushable wipes, commercial breads and rolls, cough and cold, diapers, disinfectant sprays, disinfectant wipes, eggs, facial tissue, flour (one package per customer; all brands, all sizes), four total gallons of water per customer (includes spring, distilled, purified or three-pack gallon water), fresh ground beef, pork, chicken and sausage, frozen vegetables (four bags), hand sanitizer, laundry detergent, liquid dish detergent, milk, multipack water (includes all brands), oatmeal, pain remedies, pasta sauce (four jars), peanut butter, rubbing alcohol, sanitary protection, sugar (one package per customer; all brands, all sizes), Tops stick butter quarters (16 ounces)
Other: Customers must wear face masks. The bulk bin section is closed temporarily; many of the products are available in prepackaged form. Delivery and curbside pickup available through Instacart.
Senior hours: None at this time. From Wegmans' website: "We do not recommend putting an entire population of highly susceptible people together in one location, at one time. Products arrive at each of our stores at different times throughout the day. Because of this, we cannot guarantee the availability of the key items these customers would be looking for. Lastly, there are many wonderful people and community services in every market who can serve as a resource for those who fall in these susceptible populations. This is a rapidly evolving situation and we will continue to monitor and adjust accordingly."
Item limits: One per person of each of the following: baby wipes, baby medication, diapers, packaged breads and rolls, bleach, laundry boosters and pre-treaters, disinfecting wipes, household cleaners, butter, eggs, milk, buttermilk and milk substitutes, frozen vegetables, boxed cereal, canned and packaged fruit, canned meat and beans, canned seafood, canned vegetables, flour or corn meal, hot cereal, juices, packaged dinners and entrees, packaged milk, packaged pasta, pasta sauce, peanut and other nut butters, rice, soups, sugar, sugar substitutes and corn syrup, water, allergy medications, anti-bacterial hand soaps, blood pressure monitors, health trackers, thermometers, vaporizers and humidifiers, cold and sinus items, cotton balls, pads and swabs, feminine hygiene items, first aid items, hand sanitizers, herbal supplements, homeopathic items, incontinence items, mouthwash, nutritional meal replacements (bars, shakes, powders), pain relief items, shaving items, sports medicine items, stomach relief items, toothpaste, vitamins, bacon, beef, chicken, ground meat, ham, lamb, pork, sausage, turkey, veal, bath tissue, facial tissue, paper towels, bananas (bunches), grapes, carrots, potatoes
Other: Customers must wear face masks.The following areas of the store are temporarily closed: self-serve areas in coffee, prepared foods, bakery and bulk foods, and the Market Café seating area. Delivery and curbside pickup available through Instacart. Shopper capacity limited to 15%-20% of maximum.