October 18, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 9/4

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Cortland County cases still at 97

Cortland County reported no new confirmed COVID-19 cases Thursday, the number of confirmed remaining at 97, as 23 new cases were reported Wednesday in Tompkins County.

In all, 581 cases have been confirmed in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties and five people have died.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 98 patients, five of them confirmed positive. None were hospitalized, although six have been. The Cortland County Health Department has received 19,663 negative test results. Ninety-two people have recovered. The county has reported no deaths.

Tompkins County reported 23 new cases Wednesday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 303, according to the state Health Department. A total of 60,314 people were tested. Two people have died. It has seen 55 new cases of coronavirus in the past week.

In Cayuga County, the state Department of Health reported one new case Wednesday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 181. The state reports 28,3676 people have been tested. Three people have died.

Cornell moves to condition yellow

ITHACA — Cornell University expects its cluster of COVID-19 cases — tallied Thursday at 39, to grow in the coming days, as it declared condition “yellow” and banned groups of more than 10 people on campus.

University Provost Michael Kotlikoff and Vice President for Student and Campus Life Ryan Lombardi said in a statement Thursday that most of the new cases come from student athletes.

The college has limited student gatherings and suspended all in-person university-sponsored events through the end of the month.

“While these clusters represent approximately only 0.1% of our campus population, and a very small percentage of our student athletes, it points to a dangerous disregard by a group of students for the behavioral guidelines that we established to protect the public health of our community,” the administrators said in a release.

The university has increased testing, they said. “Importantly, we do not believe the new infections have spread outside the student community.”

“To be clear, however – all is not well. Far from it,” they added. “This episode demonstrates exactly what President (Martha) Pollack said in her message last night: that there is the potential for just a few small student gatherings to destroy all our plans for an in-person semester. Although we are currently still in a manageable situation, the rapid growth of cases in these recent clusters puts us perilously close to needing to take drastic action, such as moving to wholly online classes for a period of time.”