October 23, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 10/9

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Cortland reports 19 new cases

Cortland County reported 19 new confirmed COVID-19 cases Thursday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 373 — 281 new cases since Aug. 21.

In all, 1,075 cases have been confirmed in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties and five people have died.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 435 patients, 117 of them confirmed positive. None were hospitalized, although six have been. The Cortland County Health Department has received 28,097 negative test results. Two hundred fifty-six people have recovered. The county has reported no deaths.

Tompkins County reported seven new cases Wednesday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 465, according to the state Health Department. A total of 241,226 people were tested. Two people have died.

In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported three new cases Wednesday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 237. The state reports 41,069 people have been tested. Three people have died.

SUNY Cortland sees 18 new cases

SUNY Cortland reported 18 new confirmed case of coronavirus Thursday, bringing the total to 290 since students began returning for the fall semester, 125 of them currently positive, the college reported this morning.

The college is at 154 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 that began Wednesday. The college has 21 students quarantined on campus pending test results; 18 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 134 confirmed cases since Aug. 15, including one on Wednesday. It was at three cases 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.

Cortland HS confirms case

The Cortland Enlarged City School District announced Thursday afternoon its first confirmed case of COVID-19, a “member of the school community” at the junior-senior high school, Superintendent Robert Edwards announced to parents.

“Today, just a short while ago, we learned that a member of our school community has tested positive for COVID-19,” Edwards wrote. “Though this message is difficult to deliver, all of our planning to this point has specifically been focused on being prepared for this news.”

Edwards said the district followed its protocols and contact tracing has begun.

“The health department is ordering quarantines and will be notifying those students and staff impacted,” Edwards announced. “At this point our investigation has determined that only a select group of people, teachers and students, had the possibility of contact at the high school.”

The infected person was last in school Tuesday. Today is a remote learning day, so all students and instructional staff will be working from home. The school is closed Monday for Columbus Day.

Guthrie restricts visitation

Guthrie hospitals, including Guthrie Cortland Medical Center, will resume restrictions to visits because of an increase in COVID-19 cases, the medical group has announced.

Hospital visitation is permitted as follows: emergency departments — one visitor; obstetrics patients — one support person and the patient’s doula; pediatrics — one parent or legal guardian at a time; patients at end-of-life — up to two visitors; surgical/ procedural outpatient — one visitor to accompany patient, receive discharge instructions and transport patient home.

Minors, people over 70 with chronic conditions, people fever or flu-like symptoms and vistors for in-patients will not be allowed.

Special situations may be considered, such as for patients with intellectual, developmental or cognitive disabilities, a communication barrier or behavioral concerns, or a request for clergy or chaplain.

The restrictions will be re-evaluated after Jan. 1.

McLean church reopens

McLEAN — McLean Community Church UCC is now open for inside Sunday services with COVID-19 protocols in place.

Services start at 10 a.m. at the church at 50 Church St. An entrance is available for people with disabilities. Recorded services are available on Dave Carter’s Facebook page.