October 18, 2021

Coronavirus briefs

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Cortland County reports 32 new cases

Cortland County reported 32 new confirmed COVID-19 cases over the weekend, raising the number of confirmed cases to 860 — 769 new cases since Aug. 21. Four people remain hospitalized.

In all, 1,969 cases have been confirmed in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties and six people have died.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 755 patients, 96 of them confirmed positive. Four people are hospitalized, bringing to 11 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 38,244 negative test results. The county has reported no deaths.

Tompkins County reported 17 new cases Friday and Saturday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 656, according to the state Health Department. A total of 466,868 people were tested. Three people have died.

In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 24 new cases Friday and Saturday. Confirmed cases rose to 453. The state reports 53,572 people have been tested. Three people have died.

SUNY Cortland sees 17 new virus cases

SUNY Cortland reported 17 new confirmed cases of coronavirus over the weekend, bringing the total to 596 since students began returning for the fall, 41 of them currently active, the college reported.

The college is at 47 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 announced Sunday it will not have in-person classes for the rest of the semester.

The college has 66 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 153 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It reported two cases Thursday. It was at five 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 four cases since Aug. 1, show state data. The college has tested 673 people. Nine are quarantined, seven 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.

Smith goes remote

Smith Intermediate School was closed today after confirmation came Sunday that a staff member had been infected with coronavirus, Robert Edwards, superintendent of the Cortland Enlarged City School District, announced in a letter Sunday to district families.

Students in that school only will revert to remote learning until Nov. 12, the day after Veterans Day..“Throughout this weekend we have been working with the Cortland County Health Department,” Edwards wrote.

He said he worked with the Health Department for the agency’s contact tracing while Principal Angela Wanish, teachers and staff prepared for remote learning.

“Mrs. Wanish has put together a tight plan for device and meal distribution,” Edwards said. “Smith teachers and staff are ready to get that going tomorrow. I expect that by the afternoon all students will have their devices and meals, and be ready for their remote learning.”

For all other schools in the city district, in-person and remote learning will continue.

Potential public exposure in Dryden

DRYDEN — The Tompkins County Health Department has announced that a person working at the Dryden Veterans of Foreign Wars post has tested positive for coronavirus, potentially exposing other people

The person worked 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27 and 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 28 at the VFW, 2272 Dryden Road.

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.