October 19, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 9/3

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2 new cases in Cortland County

Cortland County reported two new confirmed COVID-19 cases Wednesday, the number of confirmed rising to 97, as Tompkins County reported 10 new cases Tuesday and 32 in the past week.

In all, 557 cases have been confirmed in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties and five people have died.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 101 patients, five of them confirmed positive. None were hospitalized, although six have been. The Cortland County Health Department has received 19,534 negative test results. Ninety-two people have recovered. The county has reported no deaths.

Tompkins County reported 10 new cases Tuesday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 280, according to the state Health Department. A total of 59,834 people were tested. Two people have died. It has seen 32 new cases of coronavirus in the past week. Tompkins County officials have attributed many of the new cases to small-group gatherings, largely of college students. At least 21 recent cases were among Cornell University students.

In Cayuga County, the state Department of Health reported no new cases Tuesday, the number of confirmed cases remaining at 180. The state reports 28,325 people have been tested. Three people have died.

TC3 moves to remote teaching

DRYDEN — Tompkins Cortland Community College will move to all-remote instruction today and Friday after five new people tested positive for COVID-19, adding to one who tested positive earlier this week.

One is a new residential student who has had no close contact with anyone on campus and is in an isolation room in the residence halls. The second has not yet been on campus. The remaining three are in isolation in their off-campus apartment complex. These three were on campus one day this week and attended in-person classes, but followed the college’s safety protocols, the college announced Wednesday night.

Closing the campus will allow the Tompkins County Health Department time to complete contact tracing.

The college’s childcare center, which is housed in a separate building, will remain open.

Tompkins County: 25 new cases

The Tompkins County Health Department is reporting 25 new positive COVID-19 cases Wednesday, 14 of which are associated with a previously reported cluster, for a total of 35.

A second cluster of eight positive cases identified over the past two days are connected to Cornell University and Tompkins Cortland Community College, the county reports. Contact investigations are ongoing.

Multiple small gatherings where social distancing and mask-wearing were not adhered to are the primary cause of the clusters. The Tompkins County Health Department is reinforcing its message that everyone in Tompkins County, even while gathering in small groups, must wear a mask and keep a social distance of at least 6 feet.

Potential exposure in Ithaca

ITHACA — The Tompkins County Health Department has received notification that an employee tested positive for COVID19 at The Boatyard Grill in Ithaca.

Potential public exposures may have occurred:

  • Friday — 4 to 11 p.m.
  • Saturday — 4 to 11 p.m.
  • Sunday 4 to 11 p.m.

If you dined at The Boatyard Grill, indoors or outdoors, during the dates and times above, the Tompkins County Health Department advises you get tested at the Cayuga Health Sampling Site at The Shops at Ithaca Mall parking lot. Make an appointment at cayugahealthsystem.org or call 607-319-5708.

Monitor your health for cough, fever and shortness of breath for 14 days from the last time you dined at The Boatyard Grill.

More testing in Tompkins County

Tompkins County has expanded community-wide COVID-19 testing availability in partnership with Cayuga Health System to all county residents.

Testing will be available and covered for all Tompkins County residents through the Cayuga Health System sampling site. Meeting previous criteria is no longer required for county residents. The Tompkins County Legislature approved on Aug. 18 using contingency funds to pay for the testing.

Tompkins County Administrator Jason Molino stated, “Cayuga Health System stepped up early and offered testing when it wasn’t widely available across the state and country,” said Tompkins County Administrator Jason Molino. “This is a significant investment from our Legislature and community to help keep the disease from spreading here and to keep our community healthy.”

“This is about access — widespread testing availability allows us to be thorough and diligent with our contact investigations,” said Public Health Director Frank Kruppa. “We all share a responsibility to prevent COVID-19 from spreading. If a Tompkins County resident is concerned, they should seek a test.”

“With this investment, our community, regardless of income ability and insurance coverage, will continue to have wide-scale access to a critical tool in stopping the spread,” said legislature Chairwoman Leslyn McBean-Clairborne. (D-Ithaca).

Fall fun can begin

Corn mazes, you-pick fruit operations, hayrides and haunted houses can open for the season under opening guidelines the state issued this week.

“New York State’s amazing outdoor attractions and recreational opportunities are a boon for families and communities during the fall season each year, and we want New Yorkers to be able to enjoy this time with their family responsibly and safely,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.

Corn mazes, hayrides, haunted houses and you-pick establishments can open with reduced capacity, requiring face masks and social distancing. However, petting zoos still are not permitted.