October 23, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 11/12

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Cortland County hits 1,000 cases

Cortland County reported 35 new confirmed COVID-19 cases Tuesday and Wednesday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 1,000 — 909 new cases since Aug. 21. Four people remain hospitalized.

In all, 2,307 cases have been confirmed in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties and nine people have died.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 773 patients, 120 of them confirmed positive. Four people are hospitalized, bringing to 14 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 41,495 negative test results. The county has reported one death.

Tompkins County reported 27 new cases Monday and Tuesday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 734, according to the state Health Department. A total of 546,883 have been tested. Three people have died.

In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 24 new cases Monday and Tuesday. Confirmed cases rose to 573.

The state reports 58,531 people have been tested. Five people have died.

SUNY Cortland: 25 new cases

SUNY Cortland reported 25 new confirmed cases of coronavirus Monday and Tuesday, bringing the total to 678 since students began returning for the fall, 77 of them active, the college reported.

The college is at 43 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 47 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.

Virus cases at colleges

Cornell University has reported 174 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It reported two cases Friday, one each Saturday and Sunday, and two more Monday. It was at four cases of its 100-case limit between Nov. 7 and Nov. 20 before it must move to remote learning.

Tompkins Cortland Community College has reported 15 cases since Aug. 1, including 11 cases on Sunday. It has moved to remote-only learning through the coming Sunday. The college has tested 819 people. On Monday, 71 people were quarantined and eight 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 New York State Health Department.

Potential exposures

The Cayuga and Tompkins county health departments confirmed potential public exposures to someone with COVID19 at two locations:

  • A Cayuga Bombers baseball association barbecue, Finger Lakes Mall, Clark Street Road, Auburn (multiple volunteers) noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 1.
  • Walmart, 135 Fairgrounds Memorial Parkway, Ithaca — 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 2; 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 3; 6 a.m. to 30 p.m. Monday.

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.