October 24, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 10/2

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12 new cases in Cortland County

Cortland County reported 12 new confirmed COVID-19 cases Thursday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 257 — 165 new cases since Aug. 21.

In all, 904 cases have been confirmed in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties and five people have died.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 200 patients, 48 of them confirmed positive. None were hospitalized, although six have been. The Cortland County Health Department has received 26,139 negative test results. Two hundred nine people have recovered. The county has reported no deaths.

Tompkins County reported five new cases Wednesday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 426, according to the state Health Department. A total of 179,732 people were tested. Two people have died.

In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported one new case Wednesday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 221. The state reports 38,147 people have been tested. Three people have died.

SUNY Cortland sees 9 new cases

SUNY Cortland reported nine new confirmed case of coronavirus Thursday, bringing the total to 172 since students began returning for the fall semester, 46 of them currently positive, the college reported Thursday evening.

The college is at 36 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 11 students quarantined on campus pending test results; seven 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

Cornell University has reported 128 confirmed cases since Aug. 15, including one Tuesday. It was at one case of its 100-case limit between Sept. 26 and Oct. 9 before it must move to remote learning.

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.

Cases in Tully school, Homer district

A student at Tully Junior Senior High School tested positive for COVID-19, Superintendent Robert Hughes said in a Sept. 16 letter to district families.

However, two cases reported in the Homer Central school district were not among staff or students.

Onondaga County Health Department officials have reached out to people who have had close contact with the Tully student. If district families have not been contacted by the health department, this means the department has determined they were not exposed.

The district’s schools remained open, but the student who tested positive, and any other students, faculty, staff who were exposed, will not return to school until the Onondaga County Health Department provides clearance.

In Homer, two positive cases have been reported within the residential area of the Homer Central School District reports a state Health Department coronavirus tracker for public schools, however, Superintendent Thomas Turck said they were not school district staff or students.

Tully joins Groton, which reported Monday one positive COVID case of a junior high school student who is currently in isolation, Groton Superintendent Margo Martin said in a Facebook post.

The district has completed contact tracing and all of those who were in contact with the student are in quarantine.