January 18, 2022

Coronavirus briefs 12/18

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Nursing home deaths rise to 8 in county

An eighth Cortland County nursing home resident’s death was confirmed Thursday, in addition to 40 new confirmed COVID19 cases, raising the number of confirmed cases to 2,029. Twenty people are hospitalized and 15 people have died.

In all, 5,498 cases have been confirmed in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties and 38 people have died.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 1,618 patients, 346 of them confirmed positive. Twenty people are hospitalized, bringing to 71 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 55162 negative test results. The county has reported 15 deaths, eight of them in nursing homes.

Tompkins County reported 34 new cases Thursday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 1,671, reports the state health department. A total of 807,576 people have been tested. Nine people have died.

In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 101 new cases Thursday. Confirmed cases rose to 1,798. The state reports 82,512 people have been tested. Fourteen people have died.

SUNY Cortland: No new cases

SUNY Cortland reported no new cases of coronavirus Thursday, the number of confirmed cases remaining at 774 since students returned for the fall. Six cases were active, the college reported.

The college is at 11 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 Tuesday, bringing it to 313 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It is at 44 cases of its 100-case limit between Dec. 5 and Dec. 18 before it would be required to go to remoteonly learning.

Tompkins Cortland Community College reported no new cases Tuesday, the latest positive was Nov. 21. The total remained at 20 cases since Aug. 1. The college has tested 1,468 people. Two people were quarantined; three 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.

Tompkins County reports potential public exposure

ITHACA — The Tompkins County Health Department reported a potential public exposure to someone with COVID19:

  • Applebee’s Grill and Bar, 2300 N. Triphammer Road — 10:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Dec. 7 and Dec. 8.

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.