October 20, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 10/6

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Cortland sees 30 new cases

Cortland County reported eight new confirmed COVID-19 cases over the weekend, raising the number of confirmed cases to 313 221 new cases since Aug. 21.

In all, 995 cases have been confirmed in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties and five people have died.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 356 patients, 85 of them confirmed positive. None were hospitalized, although six have been. The Cortland County Health Department has received 27,361 negative test results. Two hundred twenty-eight people have recovered. The county has reported no deaths.

Tompkins County reported six new cases Sunday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 451, according to the state Health Department. A total of 218,376 people were tested. Two people have died.

In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported no new cases Sunday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 231. The state reports 39,957 people have been tested. Three people have died.

SUNY Cortland: 15 new cases

SUNY Cortland reported 15 new confirmed case of coronavirus Monday, bringing the total to 237 since students began returning for the fall semester, 91 of them currently positive, the college reported Monday night.

The college is at 101 cases of its 100-case limit between Sept. 26 and Oct. 9, triggering a mandatory two-week period of remote-only learning and other restrictions. The college has 15 students quarantined on campus pending test results; 14 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 based 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 130 confirmed cases since Aug. 15, including two on Friday, but none over the weekend, the latest days it recorded numbers. 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 316 people.

Potential public exposure at shop

An employee of Gorgers at 101 Main St., Cortland, has tested positive for coronavirus, leading to a potential public exposure, Cortland County Health Department officials said Monday.

The employee wore a mask throughout two shifts:

  • Sept. 29 — 4:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday — 4 to 8 p.m.

People who were at the sandwich shop at those times should monitor themselves for symptoms, 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 vomiting, 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 even if your illness is mild. In an emergency call 911.