October 26, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 6/11

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Cortland County virus cases still at 45

Cortland County did not update its coronavirus data Wednesday, meaning the number of reported COVID-19 cases remains at 45.

In total, 320 cases have been confirmed and three people have died in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 20 patients; none is hospitalized, although six have been.

The Cortland County Health Department has received 5,480 negative test results. Forty-four people have recovered.

Tompkins County reported no new cases Tuesday, keeping the number at 171 cases among 13,812 tested people, the state Department of Health reported.

The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center also reported 171 cases. Two people have died.

The Cayuga County Health Department reported no new cases Wednesday, but following a transcription error reporting a negative test as a positive, reduced its number of confirmed cases to 104. One person has died; three are hospitalized. Another 51 are quarantined and 12 are in isolation.

Rite Aid brings testing to Cortland

Rite Aid pharmacies will open 21 drive-through COVID-19 testing facilities today, including one in Cortlandville, the company announced Wednesday.

The sites, like 71 others the chain operates, will use self-swab nasal tests through the drive-through window. Testing will be available 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends in a partnership with the federal Department of Health and Human Services.

People age 18 or older, even if they are not exhibiting virus symptoms, are eligible for testing, but must register online at www.riteaid.com to schedule an appointment. Patients must provide a government-issued ID at the time of the test.

Rite Aid is also opening testing sites across Michigan, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.