December 5, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 12/14

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Cortland reports 7th COVID death

A seventh person has died in Cortland County of COVID-19, the Cortland County Health Department reported Sunday.

The latest fatality was of a woman in her 90s, but the department did not provide any other details.

“Although many cases are unable to be traced back to a specific event, we are continuing to see spread among family members or friends, co-workers in small offices and people who have recently traveled,” interim Public Health Director Lisa Perfetti said in a release. “The Health Department advises anyone showing symptoms to seek COVID-19 testing and to continue to quarantine while awaiting tests results.

Cortland County adds 93 cases

Cortland County reported 93 new confirmed COVID-19 cases Saturday and Sunday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 1,884. Seventeen people are hospitalized and seven deaths were confirmed.

In all, 4,901 cases have been confirmed in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties and 25 people have died.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 1,943 patients, 302 of them confirmed positive. Seventeen people are hospitalized, bringing to 64 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 53,739 negative test results. The county has reported seven deaths.

Tompkins County reported 52 new cases Saturday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 1,529, reports the state health department. A total of 783,390 people have been tested. Five people have died.

In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 67 new cases Saturday. Confirmed cases rose to 1,488. The state reports 78,834 people have been tested. Thirteen have died.

SUNY Cortland: 2 new cases

SUNY Cortland reported two new cases of coronavirus Friday but none Saturday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 768 since students returned for the fall. Five cases were active, the college reported.

The college is at five of its 100-case limit from Dec. 5 to Dec. 18.

The college has no students quarantined on campus pending test results; one is 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 two new cases Thursday, bringing it to 290 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It is at 29 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. Two 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.

Potential public exposure noted

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

Odyssey Bookstore, 115 W. Green St., Ithaca — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 8; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday.

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.