October 18, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 10/22

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Cortland County reports 32 new cases

Cortland County reported 32 new confirmed COVID-19 cases Wednesday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 697 — 606 new cases since Aug. 21.

In all, 1,592 cases have been confirmed in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties and six people have died.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 1,321 patients, 161 of them confirmed positive. One person remains hospitalized, bringing to eight the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 32,847 negative test results. Five hundred thirty-six people have recovered. The county has reported no deaths.

Tompkins County reported seven new cases Tuesday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 563, according to the state Health Department. A total of 360,252 people were tested. Three people have died.

In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 30 new cases Tuesday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 332. The state reports 47,540 people have been tested. Three people have died.

17 new virus cases at SUNY Cortland

SUNY Cortland reported 17 new confirmed cases of coronavirus Wednesday, bringing the total to 521 since students began returning for the fall semester, 114 of them currently active, the college reported.

The college is at 197 cases of its 100-case limit between Oct. 10 and Oct. 23, and the State University of New York has continued restrictions to remote-only learning in place since Oct. 7.

The college has 124 students quarantined on campus pending test results; 54 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 145 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It reported three cases Monday, but none Tuesday. It was at eight 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.

Seven potential exposures reported

The Cortland County Health Department reported Tuesday seven potential public exposures to COVID-19:

  • Hairy Tony’s, 102 Main St., Cortland (patron) — 5 to 6 p.m. Oct. 16.
  • Homer Hops, 700 Route 90, Homer (patron) — 5:30 to 8:30 p.m Oct. 16.
  • Gator’s Tavern, 83 Owego St., Cortland (patron) — 8:45 to 10 p.m. Oct. 16.
  • Affordable Home Furnishings, 55 Main St., Cortland (patron) — 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 6.
  • Squeeze Juice Bar, 37 Main St., Cortland (patron) — 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Oct. 6.
  • Cort-Lanes Bowling Alley, 928 Route 13 Cortlandville (patron) — 4:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 9.
  • Shipwreck Amusements — 759 Route 13, Cortlandville (employee) — noon to 7 p.m. Oct. 7; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 8; noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 9; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 10.

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.