October 22, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 10/30

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Cortland County: 9 new cases of COVID-19

Cortland County reported nine new confirmed COVID-19 cases Thursday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 816 — 725 new cases since Aug. 21. Three people remain hospitalized.

In all, 1,853 cases have been confirmed in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties and six people have died.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 799 patients, 109 of them confirmed positive. Three people are hospitalized, bringing to 10 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 37,272 negative test results. Seven hundred and seven people have recovered. The county has reported no deaths.

Tompkins County reported 13 new cases Wednesday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 632, according to the state Health Department. A total of 435,903 people were tested. Three people have died.

In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported eight new cases Wednesday. Confirmed cases rose to 405. The state reports 51,753 people have been tested. Three people have died.

SUNY Cortland: No new cases

SUNY Cortland reported no new confirmed cases of coronavirus Thursday, leaving the total at 574 since students began returning for the fall, 52 of them currently active, the college reported.

The college is at 25 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 88 students quarantined on campus pending test results; 39 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 Oct. 23, but none since. 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 Tuesday, bringing it to four cases since Aug. 1, show state data. The college has tested 671 people. Fifteen 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.

Potential virus exposures at 2 businesses

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

  • Riccardi Funeral Home, 69 N. Main St, Cortland (Employee) — 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 21.
  • Hairy Tony’s, 102 Main St, Cortland (Patron) — noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 21.

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.