October 20, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 10/20

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Cortland County: 16 new cases

Cortland County reported 16 new confirmed COVID-19 cases Monday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 642 — 551 new cases since Aug. 21.

In all, 1,484 cases have been confirmed in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties and six people have died.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 1,349 patients, 151 of them confirmed positive. One person is hospitalized, bringing to eight the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 32,253 negative test results. Four hundred ninetyone people have recovered. The county has reported no deaths.

Tompkins County reported eight new cases Sunday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 548, according to the state Health Department. A total of 347,101 people were tested. Three people have died.

In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported five new cases Sunday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 294. The state reports 46,579 people have been tested. Three people have died.

8 new cases at SUNY Cortland

SUNY Cortland reported 8 new confirmed cases of coronavirus Monday, bringing the total to 490 since students began returning for the fall semester, 131 of them currently active, the college reported.

The college is at 166 cases of its 100-case limit between Oct. 10 and Oct. 23, which would trigger remote-only learning and other restrictions, but it has been under restrictions since Oct. 7. The college has 121 students quarantined on campus pending test results; 53 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 142 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It reported a case Friday and another Saturday. It was at six 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.

Potential public exposures at 7 businesses

The Cortland County Health Department has confirmed seven locations of potential exposure to a positive COVID-19 person:

  • Planet Fitness, 156-160 Clinton Ave., Cortland (patron) — 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. October 10.
  • CVS Pharmacy, 13 Port Watson St., Cortland (employee) —5 to 9 p.m. October 10.
  • JM McDonald Sports Complex (Adult Indoor Soccer League), 4292 Fairgrounds Drive, Cortlandville (participant) — 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 11.
  • Central City Bar and Grill, 17 Central Ave., Cortland (employee) — 2 to 7 p.m. Oct. 13.
  • Pita Gourmet, 41 Main St., Cortland (patron) — 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
  • Cort-Lanes, 928 Route 13, Cortlandville (patron) — 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday.
  • Two Rivers Church, 78 Homer Ave., Cortland (member) — 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

People who may have been exposed 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.

Medical center halts visits

ITHACA — Cayuga Medical Center began restricting visits Monday evening because of a recent increase in COVID-19 cases. The restrictions will remain until further notice:

  • No visitors will be allowed during a patient’s stay until the temporary restrictions are lifted.
  • Exceptions will be made when medically necessary, including deliveries at Cayuga Birthplace, or for family members or patients’ legal representatives in imminent end-of-life care.
  • With certain restrictions, Emergency Room patients may be accompanied by a single support person, but that person cannot accompany the patient to inpatient units.
  • Everyone entering the building must be screened.

“We understand this will be difficult for some patients and apologize for the inconvenience,” the hospital said in a release. “We encourage everyone to make use of technology such as phones and tablets, which the hospital has available for patient use, to facilitate communication with loved ones and patients in the hospital.