November 30, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 10/15

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Cortland County reports 27 new cases

Cortland County reported 27 new COVID19 cases Wednesday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 511 — 420 new cases since Aug. 21. The county has now surpassed Tompkins County in total cases.

In all, 1,277 cases have been confirmed in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties and six people have died.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 874 patients, 154 of them confirmed positive. One was hospitalized, bringing to seven the number of people who have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 30,426 negative test results. Three hundred forty-one people have recovered. The county has reported no deaths.

Tompkins County reported 17 new cases Tuesday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 507, according to the state Health Department. A total of 299,194 people were tested. Three people have died.

In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported eight new cases Tuesday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 259. The state reports 44,131 people have been tested. Three people have died.

SUNY Cortland sees 21 new virus cases

SUNY Cortland reported 21 new confirmed cases of coronavirus Wednesday, bringing the total to 389 since students began returning for the fall semester, 138 of them currently active, the college reported Wednesday night.

The college is at 65 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 59 students quarantined on campus pending test results; 31 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 368 people.

Five potential public exposures reported

The Cortland County Health Department reported four potential public exposures Wednesday, and the YMCA of Cortland announced that a patron had tested positive there, too.

The potential public exposures:

  • Cortland County Department of Motor Vehicles, 112 River St., Cortland (patron): 2 to 3:15 p.m. Oct. 7.
  • Planet Fitness, 150 Clinton Ave., Cortland (patron): 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 8.
  • Applebees, 856 Route 13, Cortlandville (patron): 9 to 11 p.m. Friday.
  • Stone Lounge, 128 Main St., Cortland (patron): 10:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

Also, the YMCA announced it would reopen today following a deep cleaning Wednesday after an individual was at the Tompkins Street facility between 5:15 and 6:45 p.m. Oct. 7 and Oct. 8.

The report brings to 29 the number of potential public exposures since Sept. 1 in Cortland County.

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.