November 30, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 12/12

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Cortland County notes 6th death

The Cortland County Health Department announced Friday the sixth coronavirus-related death of a county resident.

The patient was a woman in her 70s, but the department did not release any other details about her.

“We know that there is a significant increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases and urge all residents to limit your activity outside of your home, wash your hands often and wear a mask when travel outside of the home is unavoidable,” said interim Public Health Director Lisa Perfetti.

The department advises anyone showing symptoms to seek COVID testing and to continue to quarantine while awaiting tests results.

Cortland County adds 57 cases

Cortland County reported 57 new confirmed COVID-19 cases Friday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 1,791. Nineteen people are hospitalized and a sixth death was confirmed.

In all, 4,689 cases have been confirmed in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties and 23 people have died.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 1,316 patients, 269 of them confirmed positive. Nineteen people are hospitalized, bringing to 56 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 52,930 negative test results. The county has reported six deaths.

Tompkins County reported 26 new cases Friday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 1,477, reports the state health department. A total of 775,726 people have been tested. Five people have died.

In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 97 new cases Friday. Confirmed cases rose to 1,421. The state reports 77,774 people have been tested. Twelve people have died.

SUNY Cortland: One new case

SUNY Cortland reported one new case of coronavirus Thursday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 766 since students returned for the fall. Three cases were active, the college reported.

The college is at three cases of its 100-case limit from Dec. 5 to Dec. 18. The college has no students quarantined on campus pending test results or isolated for treatment.

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 eight new cases Tuesday and two Wednesday, bringing it to 288 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It is at 20 cases of its 100-case limit between Dec. 5 and Dec. 18 before it would be required to go to remote-only learning.

Tompkins Cortland Community College reported no new cases Friday, the latest positive was Nov. 21. The total remained at 20 cases since Aug. 1. The college has tested 1,427 people. Three people were quarantined; five 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 delays some surgeries

Guthrie hospitals will postpone some non-emergent surgical procedures to free resources to deal with an increase in the number of coronavirus patients, the health care agency announced Friday.

“Today, 109 patients with COVID are hospitalized at Guthrie’s facilities, 48 of them at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital,” the hospital said in a release. “As the number of positive cases in our communities continues to rise, we can expect the number of COVID patients requiring hospitalization to increase as well.”

The increases demands on staff and resources at the Sayre, Pa.-based networks facilities, including Guthrie Cortland Medical Center, hence the surgery delays.

Non-emergent surgeries do not involve a medical emergency. Urgent and emergency procedures will continue.

Not all surgeries will be affected, the network said. The surgery schedule will be reviewed two weeks in advance, and decisions about which surgeries can be safely postponed will be made in consultation with surgeons.

Cortland High goes remote

Cortland Junior-Senior High School will switch to remote learning until after the Christmas break on Jan. 4 after officials concluded Friday that too many students and staff must quarantine, Superintendent Robert Edwards announced.

Remote learning will begin Monday and continue until the holiday break after classes Dec. 23. In-person learning will resume on Jan. 4.

Meal distribution for all regular remote students and for those Junior-Senior High School students who are now remote will take place Monday through Dec. 21 at our Transportation Center on Valley View Drive.

All BOCES programs that normally run will continue to do so. The district will transport all students who are not quarantined.

Potential public exposure

ITHACA — The Tompkins County Health Department reported a potential public exposure to someone with COVID-19:

Wegmans deli counter, 500 S. Meadow St., Ithaca — 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Dec. 5; 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Dec. 6.

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.