November 30, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 9/29

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Cortland County cases reach 221

Cortland County reported four new confirmed COVID-19 cases Monday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 225 — 133 new cases since Aug. 21.

In all, 857 cases have been confirmed in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties and five people have died.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 184 patients, 27 of them confirmed positive. None were hospitalized, although six have been. The Cortland County Health Department has received 25,138 negative test results. One hundred ninety-eight people have recovered. The county has reported no deaths.

Tompkins County reported one new case Sunday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 414, according to the state Health Department. A total of 157,652 people were tested. Two people have died.

In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported three new cases Sunday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 218. The state reports 37,100 people have been tested. Three people have died.

SUNY Cortland’s cases at 146

SUNY Cortland reported eight new confirmed case of coronavirus Monday, bringing the total to 146 since students began returning for the fall semester, 42 of them currently positive, the college reported Monday evening.

The college is at 10 cases of its 100-case limit between Sept. 26 and Oct. 9 before it will be required to move to remote learning. The college has 13 students quarantined on campus pending test results; eight others others are in isolation.

SUNY Cortland uses information received from a number of sources for its tallies. Cases are reported to the county health department of the patient’s permanent residence, so some student cases may not be included with Cortland County Health Department data.

Other colleges

Tompkins Cortland Community College has reported two cases of coronavirus since Aug. 1, but none since Sept. 2, show state data. The college has tested 315 people.

Cornell University has reported 126 confirmed cases since Aug. 15, including two new cases since Friday. It was at one case of its 100-case limit between Sept. 26 and Oct. 9 before it must move to remote learning.

CoffeeMania shuts down after positive virus test

CoffeeMania closed its kiosks this morning on Port Watson Street in Cortland and on Groton Avenue in Cortlandville, as well as its Origins cafe in Homer, after an employee tested positive for COVID19, the company announced this morning.

The employee last worked at the Port Watson kiosk from 6 a.m. to noon Wednesday and the Groton Avenue site from 6 a.m. to noon Thursday, the company reported on its Facebook page. The Cortland County Health Department has begun contact tracing. The company also closed the cafe, although the employee did not work there.

“We have decided to close all of our locations for company-wide testing, deep cleaning and sanitizing,” the company states. “Our hope is that the rest of our staff will test negative and business will resume to normal within the next couple of days.”

People who may have been exposed should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19, including fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or diarrhea for 14 days.

If symptoms develop, stay home, and call your doctor for further guidance about testing. If you are elderly, have underlying medical conditions, or are immunocompromised, call your doctor early.