December 5, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 10/17

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Cortland reports 24 new cases

Cortland County reported 24 new confirmed COVID-19 cases Friday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 567 — 476 new cases since Aug. 21.

In all, 1,365 cases have been confirmed in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties and six people have died.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 1,146 patients, 166 of them confirmed positive. Nobody was hospitalized, but seven have been. The Cortland County Health Department has received 31,138 negative test results. Four hundred one people have recovered. The county has reported no deaths.

Tompkins County reported eight new cases Thursday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 523, according to the state Health Department. A total of 319,758 people were tested. Three people have died.

In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported six new cases Thursday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 275. The state reports 45,059 people have been tested. Three people have died.

SUNY Cortland: 30 new cases

SUNY Cortland reported 30 new confirmed cases of coronavirus Friday, bringing the total to 435 since students began returning for the fall semester, 148 of them currently active, the college reported.

The college is at 111 cases of its 100-case limit between Oct. 10 and Oct. 23, which would trigger remote-only learning and other restrictions. It has been under that since Oct. 7. The college has 65 students quarantined on campus pending test results; 34 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 137 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It reported two new cases Wednesday. It was at two 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.

Public schools

Since the school year began, here are how many cases of COVID-19 have been reported at schools, according to the state Health Department.

Guthrie reports more cases of symptomless coronavirus

SAYRE, Pa. — Although Guthrie continued to see positive COVID cases in the community in the summer, the prevalence was low until recently. And more of the patients display no symptoms.

“Guthrie expected the fall season would be complicated and that has proven to be true,” said Dr. Michael Scalzone, executive vice president and chief quality officer of the health organization that oversees Guthrie Cortland Medical Center. “Recently we have seen an increase in the number of patients who have tested positive, including those who have no symptoms of COVID.”

“What we need from the public is a renewed commitment to follow CDC guidance to prevent the spread of COVID,” Scalzone said.

Scalzone further explains the increase in COVID-19 cases and the need to be vigilant going into the holiday season in this video: youtu.be/CsWf3D00lhA.