November 30, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 12/22

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Cortland County deaths rise to 23, 29 cases added

Cortland County reported 29 new confirmed cases of COVID19 Monday in Cortland County, raising the number of confirmed cases to 2,126. Twenty people are hospitalized and 23 people have died, 15 in nursing homes.

Ten of the deaths have been reported at Cortland Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center; five were reported at Crown Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, show data from the state Department of Health.

In all, 6,042 cases have been confirmed in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties and 47 people have died.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 1,331 patients, 289 of them confirmed positive. Twenty people are hospitalized, bringing to 78 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 56,550 negative test results. The county has reported 23 deaths, 15 of them in nursing homes.

Tompkins County reported 70 new cases Sunday and Monday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 1,798, reports the state health department. A total of 837,558 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 65 new cases Sunday and Monday. Confirmed cases rose to 2,118. The state reports 84,998 people have been tested. Fourteen people have died, but none at a nursing home.

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.

COVID 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. No people were quarantined; one was in isolation.

Madison County closes office to the public

WAMPSVILLE — Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases throughout the region, Madison County has reduced its staff to essential in-person operations only until Jan. 18.

“The move to limit services to essential only at county again is in the best interest to protect the health and safety of our employees as well as our residents, especially as we get through the next few weeks of the holiday season,” said Madison County Board Chairman John M. Becker. “Please remember that we are all in this together, we need to check on each other and keep our neighbor’s health and well-being in mind as well as our own.”

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First Cayuga Health providers get vaccine

ITHACA — Cayuga Health officials announced Monday that Dr. Keith Lambert, ER Physician, Kate Rosa, RN, and Dr. Sushilkumar Satish Gupta, Pulmonologist/Critical Care Specialist, were among the initial Cayuga Health employees to receive the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The frontline providers received the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine Friday in Elmira, as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Phase I approach. Vaccinations of additional Cayuga Health frontline providers will continue this week.

In Phase I, supplies are limited to those that may be at the most risk to include frontline, patientfacing healthcare providers.

“We know this is only the beginning of this fast-evolving process and we will remain diligent by doing our part for our own healthcare providers and within the community during the fight against this global pandemic,” said Martin Stallone, president and CEO of Cayuga Health.