October 22, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 1/2

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Cortland County: 84 new cases

Three people died Thursday and Friday of COVID-19 in Cortland County, all of whom were in nursing homes.

Two of the deaths were at Cortland Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center; one was at Crown Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

Cortland County reported 84 new confirmed cases of COVID19 Thursday and Friday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 2,511. Thirty-eight have died, including 29 in nursing homes.

In all, 420 new cases were confirmed Thursday and Friday in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing them to 7,622 cases since the pandemic began. Seventy five people have died.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 1,148 patients, 332 of them confirmed positive. Thirty-two people are hospitalized, bringing to 107 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 59,925 negative test results. The county has reported nine deaths in addition to those who died at nursing homes 18 at Cortland Park and 11 at Crown Park.
  • Tompkins County reported 81 new cases Thursday and Friday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 2,114, reports the state Health Department. A total of 873,620 people have been tested. Fourteen Tompkins residents have died, including nine at Oak Hill Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center, state data show, and one at Beechtree Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 255 new cases Thursday and Friday. Confirmed cases rose to 2,997. The state reports 95,311 people have been tested. Twenty-three people have died, the state reports, including five at The Commons on St. Anthony.


  • SUNY Cortland has not updated its dashboard since Dec. 18, when it reported seven active cases and a total of 777 since Aug. 26. It was at 14 cases of its 100-case limit between Dec. 19 and Jan. 1 before moving to online-only learning. No people were quarantined, but one was isolated on campus for treatment.
  • Cornell University last reported a new case Dec. 23, bringing it to 340 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It was at 14 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 last reported a new case Dec. 19. The total was 21 cases since Aug. 1. The college has tested 1,483 people. No people were quarantined or isolated.

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.

Racker reports resident’s death

Racker reported the death Monday of a resident in one of its 26 residential homes of coronavirus.

The death is the result of a cluster of cases reported Dec. 7 to the Tompkins County Health Department, reported Racker, which supports people with disabilities and their families. Racker is closely monitoring two other residents from the same home, who are hospitalized. They are the first resident cases at Racker since the pandemic started in March.

The organization runs 25 other houses in Tompkins, Cortland and Tioga counties.

“Our thoughts are with their family as they mourn the passing of their loved one,” said Racker Executive Director Dan Brown. “The health and safety of our residents is our top priority, and we remain committed to following the strict protocols provided by health officials during this spike in our community.”

Cayuga Health opens Cortland testing site

Cayuga Health will open a COVID-19 testing site Monday in Cortland, as well as Ithaca, bringing it to five locations.

  • The Cortland site will be open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays at Gutchess Park on Route 13 in Cortlandville.
  • The new Ithaca site will be open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays at Cayuga Medical Center, near its back entrance.

Both sites will perform saliva testing, but swab testing will be available upon request, the health organization announced. People registered for a saliva test cannot have any tobacco products or anything to eat or drink 30 minutes before the appointment.

“Increased testing slows the spread of COVID-19 and it is our commitment to do everything that we can for our communities during this time,” said Martin Stallone, president and CEO of Cayuga Health.

People need to register for a test. Online registration is at www.cayugahealth.com for all of the Cayuga Health sampling sites. Or you can call 607-319-5708.