October 18, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 5/1

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Number of Cortland County’s virus cases remains unchanged

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Cortland County remained at 32 Thursday. The county last confirmed a case of coronavirus on April 16.

In total, three people have died in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring eight people. One person is hospitalized, bringing to six the total who have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 1,085 negative test results from health care providers. Thirty-one people have recovered.

Tompkins County reported one new case as of Wednesday, rising to 128 confirmed cases among 3,511 tested people, the state Department of Health reported. The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reported 127 cases. Two people have died, although neither was a Tompkins resident, state data show.

The Cayuga County Health Department reported three new cases Thursday, rising to 52. One person has died; none are hospitalized. Another 61 are quarantined and five are in isolation. It awaits test results on 18 people of 990 people tested.

Cayuga Health teams with Ithaca to offer same-day test results

Cayuga Health can now provide same-day results for COVID19 tests, the Ithaca-based health organization announced Thursday, in an agreement with Rheonix Inc.

Rheonix received emergency use authorization on Wednesday from the federal Food and Drug Administration for its COVID19 MDx Assay. The test enables the fully automated detection of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, directly from respiratory samples.

Rheonix is based in Cornell University’s Business and Technology Park, founded by Ithacan Greg Galvin.

“We are thrilled to team with Rheonix, located right here in Ithaca. Their technology and expertise has enabled us to be able to provide same day results for COVID-19 testing – one of the quickest turnaround times in our region,” said Martin Stallone, president and CEO of Cayuga Health.

“The faster people can get diagnosed, the faster they can get treated, and the faster we can turn the corner on this pandemic,” Galvin said. “I am incredibly happy to be able to support Cayuga Health – Rheonix’s hometown health system – with their fight against this COVID-19 pandemic by giving them the ability to provide same day test results to their patients.”

College lights beacon tonight

SUNY Cortland will turn on its stadium lights at 8 p.m. today in a show of support for the thousands of students finishing their semester away from campus because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The beacon will glow until 10 p.m. and will be shared with the SUNY Cortland community through photos and video posted on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

“Our students are at the heart of SUNY Cortland and we want them to know that we miss them, support them in their efforts and can’t wait until they are back on campus again,” said Kevin Pristash, director of Corey Union and campus activities.

The idea was inspired by similar Friday night lights events around the nation to show support for athletes with canceled seasons and students forced to learn outside of physical classrooms.