October 18, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 11/21

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Cortland County adds 37 cases, 7 hospitalized

Cortland County reported 37 new confirmed COVID-19 cases Friday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 1,205.

Seven people remain hospitalized.

In all, 2,734 cases have been confirmed in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties and 10 people have died.

• The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 872 patients, 164 of them confirmed positive. Seven people are hospitalized, bringing to 25 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 44,624 negative test results. The county has reported one death.

• Tompkins County reported eight new cases Thursday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 848, reports the state Health Department. A total of 632,448 have been tested. Three people have died.

• In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported five new cases Thursday. Confirmed cases rose to 681. The state reports 63,674 people have been tested. Six people have died.

SUNY Cortland: 6 new cases

SUNY Cortland reported six new cases of coronavirus Friday, bringing the total to 744 since students returned for the fall, 48 of them active, the college reported.

The college is at 109 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 27 students quarantined on campus pending test results; 23 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.

COVID cases at other colleges

• Cornell University reported two cases Thursday, bringing it to 216 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It was at 43 cases of its 100-case limit between Nov. 7 and Nov. 20 before it must move to remote learning.

• Tompkins Cortland Community College reported two cases Thursday bringing it to 17 cases since Aug. 1. The college has tested 1,097 people. On Friday, 41 people were quarantined and four 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 public virus exposures

The Tompkins County Health Department has confirmed a potential public exposure to a person who has COVID-19:

• BJ’s Wholesale Club, 40 Graham Road, Ithaca: 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Nov. 10; 1:15 to 9:15 p.m. Nov. 11; 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Nov. 13; 1:15 to 9:15 p.m. Nov. 14; 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Nov. 15.

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.