November 26, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 11/14

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County adds 22 cases

Cortland County reported 15 new confirmed COVID-19 cases Friday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 1,037 — 946 new cases since Aug. 21. Four people remain hospitalized.

In all, 2,432 cases have been confirmed in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties and nine people have died.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 790 patients, 109 of them confirmed positive. Four people are hospitalized, bringing to 15 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 42,329 negative test results. The county has reported one death.

Tompkins County reported 21 new cases Thursday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 786, reports the state Health Department. A total of 573,318 have been tested. Three people have died.

In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 15 new cases Thursday. Confirmed cases rose to 609. The state reports 59,784 people have been tested. Five people have died.

SUNY Cortland: 3 new cases

SUNY Cortland reported three new cases of coronavirus Friday, bringing the total to 699 since students returned for the fall, 62 of them active, the college reported.

The college is at 64 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 54 students quarantined on campus pending test results; 50 others are in isolation.

Cases regarding SUNY Cortland students are reported to the county health department of the student’s residence, so some cases may not be included with Cortland County Health Department data.

Virus cases at colleges

Cornell University has reported 180 confirmed cases since Aug. 15, including six cases Wednesday. It was at nine cases of its 100-case limit between Nov. 7 and Nov. 20 before it must move to remote learning. The college announced Friday it would move to a “yellow alert,” because the increase was attributed to student gatherings. Gatherings of more than 10 students remain prohibited, but expect increased testing and reduced capacity in on-campus spaces.

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 weekend. The college has tested 820 people. On Friday, 66 people were quarantined and six 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.

Guthrie testing site moves

Guthrie announced Friday that its COVID-19 drive-up testing site in Cortland has moved to the parking lot on Alvena Avenue, across from the Guthrie Cortland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Testing is available 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

If you have respiratory symptoms or think you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, call 607-299-7676 to schedule a test. No co-pays will be charged at the time of the test.

Guthrie is a non-profit health system based in Sayre, Pa. It operates five hospitals, including Guthrie Cortland Medical Center.

Public exposures

The Cortland and Madison county health departments confirmed four locations of potential public exposure to a person with COVID-19:

  • East Side Bakery, 122 Elm St., Cortland (employee) — 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 4.; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 5; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 6.
  • St. Margaret’s Church, 14 Copeland Ave., Homer (patron) — 4 to 5 p.m. Nov. 7.
  • Big M, 431 Route 13, DeRuyter — 8 to 9 a.m. Nov. 7.
  • Family Dollar, 13 Utica St., DeRuyter — 7:30 to 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The Cortland County Health Department also corrected a public notice Thursday: A potential public exposure occurred 9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 7 at Malarkey’s Pub & Grub, 2 E. Main St., McGraw.