October 18, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 11/10

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Cortland County: 10 new cases

Cortland County reported 10 new confirmed COVID-19 cases Monday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 965 — 874 new cases since Aug. 21. Three people remain hospitalized.

In all, 2,221 cases have been confirmed in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties and seven people have died.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 687 patients, 103 of them confirmed positive. Three people are hospitalized, bringing to 13 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 40,934 negative test results. The county has reported one death.

Tompkins County reported 17 new cases Saturday and Sunday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 707, according to the state Health Department. A total of 533,122 have been tested. Three people have died.

In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 31 new cases Saturday and Sunday. Confirmed cases rose to 549. The state reports 57,552 people have been tested. Three people have died.

SUNY Cortland: 18 new cases

SUNY Cortland reported 18 new confirmed cases of coronavirus Saturday and Sunday, bringing the total to 653 since students began returning for the fall, 58 of them active, the college reported.

The college is at 17 cases of its 100-case limit between Nov. 7 and Nov. 20, and the State University of New York has continued restrictions to remote only learning in place since Oct. 7.

The college has 58 students quarantined on campus pending test results; 46 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.

Virus cases at colleges

Cornell University has reported 168 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It reported two cases Thursday. It was at 19 cases of its 100-case limit between Oct. 24 and Nov. 6 before it must move to remote learning.

Tompkins Cortland Community College reported 11 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, bringing it to 15 cases since Aug. 1. It has moved to remoteonly learning through Sunday. The college has tested 819 people. On Monday, 71 people were quarantined and 11 were 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 exposure at 1 location

The Cortland County Health Department has confirmed one location of potential public exposure to a person with COVID19:

  • Moe’s Southwest Grill, 872 Route 13, Cortland (patron) — 8 to 9 p.m. Nov. 5.

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.

Thanksgiving meal in Freeville is takeout-only

FREEVILLE — The annual free community Thanksgiving dinner will be takeout only this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, but it will be served starting 1 p.m. Nov. 26, the Freeville United Methodist Church has announced.

To make a reservation, call 607-844-8760 and leave your name, phone number and the number of dinners requested. Your message will be returned to confirm your reservation.

Pick-ups begin at 1 p.m. at the church, 39 Main St., Freeville. Please stay in your car, and masks would be appreciated.

Volunteers are still seeking donations and assistance. Call Susie Eggleston at 607-280-1277.

Mitten drive to collect money this year

The Mitten Drive, a decades long tradition of Cinquanti Real Estate and later Yaman Real Estate, has been canceled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, Yaman principal Jamie Yaman announced Monday in a release.

If the drive has been canceled this year, Yaman will still accept monetary donations for schools and to buy mittens to be distributed by other organizations.

Since 1993, Cinquanti Real Estate had sponsored the drive by collecting donations to help keep children warm in the winter.

Yaman Real Estate continued the tradition when the two agencies merged.

“We are always utterly amazed at the time and efforts displayed by all of you as you dropped off your contributions to this worthy cause,” Yaman said. “You truly make us proud to live and work here in Cortland County where folks are so willing to show they genuinely care.”

Donations can be sent to Yaman Real Estate, 185 Clinton Ave., Cortland, NY 13045. In the memo section, please be sure to write “Mitten Drive.”