October 20, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 12/7

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Cortland County adds 42 new cases

Cortland County reported 42 new confirmed COVID-19 cases Saturday and Sunday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 1,573. Fourteen people are hospitalized.

In all, 3,920 cases have been confirmed in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties and 19 people have died.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 1,207 patients, 177 of them confirmed positive. Fourteen people are hospitalized, bringing to 47 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 50,432 negative test results. The county has reported five deaths.

Tompkins County reported 38 new cases Saturday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 1,279, reports the state health department. A total of 737,662 have been tested. Four people have died.

In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 51 new cases Saturday. Confirmed cases rose to 1,068. The state reports 72,557 people have been tested. Ten people have died.

SUNY Cortland reports no new cases

SUNY Cortland has not updated its reports of coronavirus cases since Nov. 28, when the number remaining at 763 since students returned for the fall. Seventeen cases were active, the college reported.

The college is at 19 cases of its 100-case limit between Nov. 21 and Dec. 4, and the State University of New York has continued restrictions to remote only learning in place since Oct. 7.

The college has one student quarantined on campus pending test results; two 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.

Other colleges

Cornell University reported seven new cases Thursday, bringing it to 264 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It is at 45 cases of its 100-case limit between Nov. 21 and Dec. 4 before it would be required to go to remote-only learning.

Tompkins Cortland Community College reported no new cases Sunday, the latest positive was Nov. 21. The total remained at 20 cases since Aug. 1. The college has tested 1,308 people. Three people were quarantined; one was 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.

Tompkins County: 2 potential exposures

The Tompkins County Health Department has confirmed two potential public exposures to a person with COVID-19:

  • TCAT Route 14S — between 1:35 and 1:55 p.m. Nov. 28 from Overlook Apartments to Walmart, and again from 1:35 to 1:55 p.m. Nov. 30 on the same route.
  • Ciao, 2 Hickory Hollow Lane, Ithaca — 3:30 to 7:45 p.m. Nov. 29.

People who may have been exposed should watch for symptoms, 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.

TCAT: Expect delayed passes

Due to pandemic-safety measures prompting customer service representatives to work remotely, riders should expect delays in receiving new fare media in the mail or if recharging their passes over the phone, the bus service has announced.

Customers who need to buy new Tcards or fobs, or who need to add passes to existing fare media, should place their orders ASAP. Customers using the online store at store. tcatbus.com/ will still be able to add passes to their existing fare media that, in most cases, will be ready for use immediately