October 26, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 12/23

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Cortland County deaths rise to 25

The state Health Department reported Tuesday that two more people have died in Cortland County nursing homes of COVID-19, raising to 25 the number of people who have died in the county, 17 in nursing homes.

One death each was reported in Cortland Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center and Crown Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, bringing them to 11 and six deaths, respectively.

Cortland County reported 26 new confirmed cases of COVID19 Tuesday in Cortland County, raising the number of confirmed cases to 2,152. Twenty-one people are hospitalized.

In all, 6,042 cases have been confirmed in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties and 55 people have died.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 1,150 patients, 270 of them confirmed positive. Twenty-one people are hospitalized, bringing to 80 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 57,018 negative test results. The county has reported 25 deaths, 17 of them in nursing homes.

Tompkins County reported 18 new cases Tuesday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 1,816, reports the state health department. A total of 846,500 people have been tested. Ten Tompkins residents have died, including eight at Oak Hill Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center, state data show, but Tompkins County reported six more deaths Monday at the nursing home.

In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 46 new cases Tuesday. Confirmed cases rose to 2,164. The state reports 87,104 people have been tested. Fourteen people have died, but none at a nursing home.

Six reported deaths in Ithaca

ITHACA — The Tompkins County Health Department reported six deaths Monday of Oak Hill Manor Nursing Home residents from COVID-19, bringing the number of coronavirus deaths at the facility to 14.

The deaths occurred between Dec. 12 and Monday.

Oak Hill Manor administrators continue to partner with the state Department of Health to complete contact investigations and to isolate all positive cases to stop the spread, reported Tompkins County, which remains in close communication with nursing homes.

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.


Cornell University reported four new cases Friday, five Saturday and three Sunday, bringing it to 334 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It is at seven cases of its 100-case limit between Dec. 19 and Jan. 1 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 1,483 people. No people were quarantined; one was in isolation.

County covers $50K in testing

Cortland County will spend up to $50,000 for coronavirus surveillance for county residents whose insurance may not cover the expense.

According to the resolution Cortland County legislators adopted unanimously last week, a virus test would only be covered by an insurance company if the test was medically necessary, such as someone being symptomatic, having been exposed to someone with the virus or has an upcoming medical procedure.

Guthrie begins giving vaccine

SAYRE, Pa. — Guthrie has received its first allotment of doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and has begun to administer the shot to frontline staff most at risk of contracting the virus, the hospital has announced.

While the vaccine will eventually be offered to all employees in the 22 communities Guthrie serves, priority has been given, as directed by Pennsylvania and New York State Departments of Health, to staff who have prolonged exposure to positive or potentially positive patients.

To date, nearly 400 staff from Guthrie’s three Pennsylvania hospitals have received the Pfizer vaccine. Guthrie expects to receive its first allotment of the Moderna vaccine this week, which would be administered at Guthrie Cortland Medical Center.

Guthrie awaits additional guidance from the two states’ departemnts of health on vaccinating the next tier of employees and the public.

Kinney Drugs offers updates

GOUVERNEUR — Kinney Drugs invites people to sign up for COVID updates via text, email and online for updates on vaccines, clinics and testing.

Among the notices:

“Actually, the hardest thing for me?” he asked rhetorically, pointing to a case filled with raspberry linzer tarts, Napoleons, almond crescents, wine drops, molasses and chocolate chip cookies and mumsies — an Italian lemon cookie: “Keeping it cool.”

  • Vaccines will be free to the public, and the drugstore company expects to receive them by spring.
  • People can get updates at: www.kinneydrugs.com/ pharmacy/covid-19/covid-19 -vaccinations or subscribe to receive Kinney’s email updates at: www.kinneydrugs.com/pharmacy/covid-19/covid-19-vaccinations/email-sign-up/.
  • Kinney will offer local organizations free onsite vaccination clinics. To learn more, visit: kinneydrugs.com/pharmacy/covid19/covid-19-vaccinations/clinics/