October 25, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 12/21/2020

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Nursing home toll at 10; deaths total 18

A 10th Cortland County nursing home resident’s death was confirmed Sunday, in addition to 39 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Saturday and Sunday in Cortland County, raising the number of confirmed cases to 2,097.

Twenty people are hospitalized and 18 people have died.

Nine 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.

In all, 5,778 cases have been confirmed in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties and 42 people have died.

• The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 1,401 patients, 281 of them confirmed positive. Twenty people are hospitalized, bringing to 77 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 56,375 negative test results. The county has reported 17 deaths, 10 of them in nursing homes.

• Tompkins County reported 18 new cases Saturday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 1,728, reports the state health department. A total of 823,603 people have been tested. Ten people have died, eight of them at Oak Hill Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center.

• In Cayuga County, the state Health
Department reported 69 new cases Saturday. Confirmed cases rose to 1,953. The state reports 84,998 people have been tested. Fourteen people have died, but none at a nursing home.

SUNY Cortland: No new cases

SUNY Cortland last 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.

Coronavirus cases at other colleges

• Cornell University reported four new cases Thursday, bringing it to 322 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It is at 52 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 one new cases Saturday. The total rose to 21 cases since Aug. 1. The college has tested 1,481 people. Two 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.

Cayuga County reports increase in worksite exposures

Worksites have been the source of many exposures and clusters recently, the Cayuga County Health Department reports. A cluster is two or more linked cases not living in the same household.

“Cayuga County is in a much different situation than we were nine months ago when New York Pause was initiated,” Cayuga County Public Health Director Kathleen Cuddy said in a release. “Most businesses and schools were shut down before Cayuga County had its first confirmed case. Today, we face a much different reality. New York reopened, Cayuga County businesses and schools have been operational at the same time cases continue to rise. Despite working to control and limit the number of infections, increased community spread is impacting many worksites.”

The department and Cayuga Economic Development Authority urged businesses to take steps, including:

• Telling employees to stay home when ill, even just a runny nose, headache, congestion and cough.

• Maintaining 6-foot distancing at work, otherwise wear a mask.

• Keep your mask on if you cough or sneeze, and still cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow.

• Do not eat lunch or gather with coworkers.

• Stagger shifts, work from home and otherwise reduce the number of people at the workplace at one time.

Tompkins reports potential exposure

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

• BJ’s Wholesale Club, 40 Graham Road W., Ithaca, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 11.

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. If you are elderly, have underlying medical conditions, or are immunocompromised, call your doctor early even if your illness is mild.