January 20, 2022

Four die of COVID: 2 in Cortland, 2 in Tompkins

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Two people have died of COVID-19, the Cortland County Health Department reported Saturday, bringing to four the number of deaths reported in the county. Two more died in Tompkins County.

One of the Cortland victims was a woman in her 90s; the other was in her 50s, the Cortland department reported, declining to give other details.

In Tompkins County, the two deaths were among Oak Hill Manor nursing home patients, as 39 residents and 13 staff were confirmed having the virus, the Tompkins County Health Department announced.

The spread of COVID-19 at this nursing home shows how quickly the virus is transmitted, and how it can have devastating impacts on older adults and people with pre-existing health concerns,” Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa said.

In Cortland County, the county health department reports that case investigations show many of the recent positive cases are the result of spread among family members or friends, co-workers in small offices, those who lunch or take breaks with other co-workers and people who have recently traveled.

Each member of our community has a part to play in reducing the spread and protecting our families, friends and neighbors,” said interim Public Health Director Lisa Perfetti.

Cortland County reported 26 new confirmed COVID-19 cases Saturday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 1,396. Eight people are hospitalized.

In all, 3,318 cases have been confirmed in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties and 17 people have died.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 900 patients, 175 of them confirmed positive. Eight people are hospitalized, bringing to 35 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 47,327 negative test results. The county has reported four deaths.

— Tompkins County reported 33 new cases Friday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 1,076, reports the state Health Department. A total of 700,349 have been tested. Five have died.

— In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 24 new cases Friday. Confirmed cases rose to 846. The state reports 68,639 people have been tested. Eight people have died.