November 30, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 10/13

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COVID patient dies at Cayuga Medical

ITHACA — An elderly patient died Monday from COVID-19 at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, the hospital announced Monday, the first death of a Tompkins County resident since the pandemic began in March, although two other patients have died in the county.

The patient, 95, was considered high risk, the hospital added.

“Our hearts go out to the patient’s family during this difficult time,” said Dr. Martin Stallone, CEO of Cayuga Health System. “I would also like to recognize the dedication of our Cayuga Health team that continue to treat all COVID-19 patients.”

The staff at Cayuga Medical Center and across Cayuga Health have treated numerous COVID-19 patients since March and conducted more than 300,000 coronavirus tests.

Potential exposures at Cortland, Cayuga businesses

Three Cortland County businesses have been the location of potential public exposure to coronavirus, the Cortland County Health Department has confirmed. Five more potential exposures were reported by Cayuga County’s Health Department.

People who were at these businesses on the days and times listed may have been exposed:

  • Frank and Mary’s Diner, 10 Port Watson St., Cortland (employee) — 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 4.
  • Planet Fitness, 156-160 Clinton Ave., Cortland (patron) — 11 a.m. to noon Oct. 5.
  • Dollar Tree, 854 Route 13, Cortlandville — 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 5
  • Lakeside Entertainment Casino, 271 Cayuga St., Union Springs — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 7.
  • Wegmans, 1 Loop Road, Auburn, — 5:30 to 6 p.m. Friday.
  • Prison City Pub (indoors), 28 State St., Auburn — 1:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday.
  • Kohl’s, 1628 Clark Street Road, Auburn — 3 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods, 1620 Clark Street Road, Auburn — 3:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Anyone who may have been exposed at the location listed 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 vomiting, or diarrhea for 14 days. If symptoms develop, stay home and call your doctor for further guidance. 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.

Cortland reports 63 new cases

Cortland County reported 63 new confirmed COVID-19 cases over the long weekend, raising the number of confirmed cases to 464 — 373 new cases since Aug. 21.

In all, 1,191 cases have been confirmed in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties and six people have died.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 768 patients, 141 of them confirmed positive. None were hospitalized, although six have been. The Cortland County Health Department has received 29,526 negative test results. Three hundred twenty-three people have recovered. The county has reported no deaths.

Tompkins County reported eight new cases Friday through Sunday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 481, according to the state Health Department. A total of 283,040 people were tested. Three people have died.

In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported six new cases Friday through Sunday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 246. The state reports 43,299 people have been tested. Three people have died.

SUNY Cortland: 51 new cases

SUNY Cortland reported 51 new confirmed case of coronavirus Saturday through Monday, bringing the total to 356 since students began returning for the fall semester, 135 of them currently active, the college reported Monday.

The college is at 32 cases of its 100-case limit between Oct. 10 and Oct. 23, which would trigger a mandatory two-week period of remote-only learning and other restrictions. It has been under that since Wednesday. The college has 58 students quarantined on campus pending test results; 32 others are in isolation.

Cases regarding SUNY Cortland students are reported to the county health department of the student’s residence, so some student cases may not be included with Cortland County Health Department data.

Other colleges

Cornell University has reported 135 confirmed cases since Aug. 15, including one on Thursday. It was at zero cases of its 100-case limit between Oct. 10 and Oct. 23 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 367 people.

Two positives close Homer school

Homer Central High School will teach students remotely this week after the district confirmed two COVID-19 cases, Superintendent Thomas Turck announced.

The district announced Monday that a staff member has tested positive.

“The Cortland County Health Department will begin contact tracing soon,” Turck said.

The district was notified Friday that one of its high school students has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

As a result of the contact tracing, 13 staff members and 59 students were quarantined at home and may not return until they have been given clearance. As a result, the high school was closed and students will be educated remotely this week.

That was expanded over the weekend to include Pre-K and BOCES CTE students for today only. The district will inform families if this is extended.

Additionally, all Homer athletic practices and games are paused through Sunday.

Students in kindergarten through grade 8 will follow their regular schedule this week.