October 23, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 8/31

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Cortland: 94 Tompkins: 264 Cayuga: 177

Cortland County reported two new confirmed COVID-19 cases over the weekend, the number of confirmed cases rising to 94, as 13 new cases were reported in Tompkins County.

In all, 535 cases have been confirmed in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties and five people have died.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 133 patients, two of them confirmed positive. None were hospitalized, although six have been. The Cortland County Health Department has received 19,177 negative test results. Ninety-two people have recovered. The county has reported no deaths.

Tompkins County reported 13 new cases Friday and Saturday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 264, according to the state Health Department. A total of 57,062 people were tested. Two people have died.

In Cayuga County, the state Department of Health reported no new cases Friday and Saturday, the number of confirmed cases remaining at 177. The state reports 27,802 people have been tested. Three people have died.

Gatherings lead to 9 CU cases

ITHACA — Nine positive cases of COVID-19 detected among Cornell University students were linked to small gatherings, university and Tompkins County health officials said.

Social distancing and mask-wearing guidelines were not followed, Public Health Director Frank Kruppa said.

“It is evident from these cases that the size of the gathering, whether 10 people or 30, doesn’t matter,” Kruppa said. “This virus spreads quickly and easily. Everyone must remain vigilant and take the necessary precautions to prevent the spread. Wearing a mask and staying six feet apart from others continue to be crucial to stopping the spread when individuals gather.”

“The students are in isolation and receiving proper care, and the Tompkins County Health Department is conducting contact tracing at this time,” said Ryan Lombardi, Cornell’s vice president for student and campus life, in a release on Saturday. “As I reminded our students in a message yesterday and again this afternoon, we must all do our part to follow Health Department and Cornell public health guidelines to limit the spread of the virus.”