October 23, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 10/27

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Cortland County: 17 new cases

Cortland County reported 17 new confirmed COVID-19 cases Monday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 796 — 705 new cases since Aug. 21.

In all, 1,775 cases have been confirmed in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties and six people have died.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 859 patients, 126 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 36,125 negative test results. Six hundred seventy people have recovered. The county has reported no deaths.

Tompkins County reported three new cases Sunday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 606, according to the state Health Department. A total of 411,267 people were tested. Three people have died.

In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported nine new cases Sunday. Confirmed cases rose to 373. The state reports 50,508 people have been tested. Three people have died.

SUNY Cortland has 8 new cases

SUNY Cortland reported eight new confirmed cases of coronavirus Monday, bringing the total to 567 since students began returning for the fall, 64 of them currently active, the college reported.

The college is at 18 cases of its 100-case limit between Oct. 24 and Nov. 6, and the State University of New York has continued restrictions to remote-only learning in place since Oct. 7. The college has 113 students quarantined on campus pending test results; 48 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 151 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It reported two cases Friday, but none over the weekend. It was at zero cases of its 100-case limit between Oct. 24 and Nov. 6 before it must move to remote learning.

Tompkins Cortland Community College reported a case of coronavirus Friday, bringing it to three cases since Aug. 1, show state data. The college has tested 527 people. Sixteen are quarantined, five are in isolation.

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.

1,900 tested; 56 positive

More than 1,900 people were tested for COVID-19 over the weekend at three testing sites the state and Cortland County health departments, the county announced Monday afternoon.

Between Friday afternoon and 5 p.m. Sunday, 1,913 tests were administered. Of those, 56 tested positive; 1,857 negative.

Of the 56 positive patients, 33 were Cortland County residents. County residents also accounted for 1,461 of the test subjects, a 2.3% positivity rate.

“I’m very pleased and encouraged with the number of people that participated in this event and overall I think that it provides additional insight to where and how the virus may be spreading within and outside of our county,” said Legislature Chairman Paul Heider (R-Cuyler, Solon, Truxton), adding more than 40 volunteers contributed time.

Each site — Cortland Junior Senior High School, Homer Intermediate School and Marathon High School — was deep cleaned following the clinics.

Potential exposures at 9 locations

The Cortland and Tompkins county health departments have confirmed these locations of potential exposure to a positive COVID-19 person:

  • Hollywood Restaurant, 27 Groton Ave., Cortland (patron), 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19.
  • Planet Fitness, 156-160 Clinton Ave., Cortland (patron), 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 21; 5 to 6 p.m. Oct. 22.
  • Dashers, 2 N. Main St., Homer (employee), 5 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21.
  • M&D Deli, 19 Central Ave., Cortland (worker), 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 21; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 22; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 23.
  • Central City, 17 Central Ave., Cortland (patron), 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18.
  • Cort-lanes, 928 Route 13, Cortland (patron), 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 22.
  • Cortland Country Club, 4514 Route 281, Cortland (employee), 12:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 21; 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 22; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 23.
  • Arby’s Ithaca, 328 Elmira Road, Ithaca (employee), 3 to 11 p.m. Oct 18; 4 p.m. to midnight Oct. 21; 4 p.m. to midnight Oct. 22; 4 p.m. to midnight Oct. 23; 3:30 to 4 p.m. Oct. 24.
  • Staples, 742 S. Meadow St. Ithaca (employee), 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 17; Noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 18.

People who may have been exposed should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID19, 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.