December 5, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 12/19

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Nursing home deaths rise to 9

A ninth Cortland County nursing home resident’s death was confirmed Friday, in addition to another death and 29 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, raising the number of confirmed cases to 2,058.

Twenty people are hospitalized and 17 people have died. Eight of the deaths have been reported at Cortland Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center; one was reported at Crown Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, show data from the state Department of Health.

Cortland County officials said the other death confirmed Friday was of a woman in her 80s.

In all, 5,652 cases have been confirmed in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties and 40 people have died.

• The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 1,569 patients, 311 of them confirmed positive. Twenty people are hospitalized, bringing to 73 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 55,665 negative test results. The county has reported 17 deaths, nine of them in nursing homes.

• Tompkins County reported 39 new cases Friday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 1,710, reports the state health department. A total of 816,565 people have been tested. Nine people have died.

• In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 86 new cases Friday. Confirmed cases rose to 1,884. The state reports 83,988 people have been tested. Fourteen people have died.

SUNY Cortland: No new cases

SUNY Cortland reported three new cases of coronavirus Friday, the number of confirmed cases remaining at 777 since students returned for the fall. Seven cases were active, the college reported.

The college is at 14 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 five new cases Wednesday, bringing it to 318 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It is at 48 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 1,468 people. One person was 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.