October 22, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 1/4

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Cortland County: 7 new deaths

Seven people in Cortland County died over the weekend of COVID-19, but only one in a nursing home. That brings to 45 the number of people who have died in Cortland County

Cortland County officials provided no details of the deaths, but the state Department of Health said the nursing home death occurred at Crown Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

Cortland County reported 44 new confirmed cases of COVID19 Saturday and Sunday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 2,555. Forty-five have died, including 30 in nursing homes.

In all, 235 new cases were confirmed Saturday and Sunday in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing them to 7,859 cases since the pandemic began. Eighty-seven people have died.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 1,067 patients, 305 of them confirmed positive. Twenty-six people are hospitalized, bringing to 108 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 60,467 negative test results. The county has reported 15 deaths in addition to those who died at nursing homes — 18 at Cortland Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and 12 at Crown Park.
  • Tompkins County reported 24 new cases over the weekend, the number of confirmed cases rising to 2,138, reports the state Health Department. A total of 875,161 people have been tested. Fifteen Tompkins residents have died, including nine at Oak Hill Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center, state data show, and two at Beechtree Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 167 new cases Saturday and Sunday. Confirmed cases rose to 3,166. The state reports 96,842 people have been tested. Twenty-seven people have died, the state reports, including nine 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 100case limit between Dec. 19 and Jan. 1 before moving to onlineonly 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 be-fore 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.

Moravia goes remote teaching

Cayuga County’s legislature chairwoman and its public health director advised school districts Saturday to use remote-only instruction until at least the third week of January to help stem the spread of coronavirus.

The Moravia Central School District agreed, at least through Jan. 8.

“We have decided to continue remote instruction until at least Jan. 8 due to the county having reached 14.9% of the population currently under quarantine or having the virus,” Superintendent John P. Birmingham said in a release. “Besides this incredibly large number, we are fearful that it is likely to rise following the holiday break.”

Cayuga County is suffering through the worst of the pandemic, said Public Health Director Kathleen Cuddy and Legislature Chairwoman Aileen McNabbColeman. “Although school-aged children are not often associated with the spread of this virus, many schools experienced closures due to inadequate staffing available because of positive COVID-19 cases and quarantines of faculty and staff in our school districts,” they said in a release.

Going remote-only would give the county time to better identify and monitor case increases, particularly because a post-holiday spike is expected, they said. It also gives more time to administer vaccines.

“Although the decision to move to remote-only instruction creates widespread impact on the lives of our families and employers, we have to exercise patience and good judgement until we see a decrease in our positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations locally,” they said.