October 26, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 1/6

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19 new cases reported in Cortland County

Cortland County reported 19 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 2,594. Forty-five people have died, including 30 in nursing homes. In all, 120 new cases were confirmed Tuesday in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing them to 8,141 cases since the pandemic began. Ninety-two people have died.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 924 patients, 281 of them confirmed positive. Twenty-three people are hospitalized, bringing to 110 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 61,279 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 Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
  • Tompkins County reported 14 new cases Tuesday and one new death, the number of confirmed cases rising to 2,166, reports the state Health Department. A total of 884,816 people have been tested. Sixteen 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 87 new cases Tuesday and one new deaths. Confirmed cases rose to 3,381. The state reports 98,282 people have been tested. Thirty-one people have died, the state reports, including 10 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 reported 41 new cases between Dec. 24 and Monday, bringing it to 381 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It was at six cases of its 100-case limit between Jan. 2 and Jan. 15 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 1,512 people. No people were quarantined or isolated.

Tompkins County sets vaccination clinics

LANSING — The Tompkins County Health Department plans three COVID-19 vaccination clinics this week for people eligible to receive it: hospital staff, emergency medical services, high-risk health care and nursing home residents and workers.

The clinics will be 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today, Thursday and Friday at the Shops at Ithaca Mall, 40 Catherwood Road, Lansing, Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa announced.

More than 1,800 doses will be available.

“We are ready to start rolling this vaccine out to thousands of Tompkins County residents,” Krupps said Tuesday. “I want to ease any concerns people may have that they are going to miss their vaccine or that they are not on a list of who needs the vaccine. We all need the vaccine, but there is an intentional phased distribution that the state has set up. We will do everything we can to make sure you know when it is your time to get vaccinated, but we ask that everyone be patient and continue to check our website and local media for updates.”

People who meet the criteria of Phase 1a can register and get more details by visiting tinyurl.com/yyleafbs.

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.

Virtual town hall discusses COVID

Tompkins County officials and Cayuga Health System CEO Dr. Martin Stallone will lead a virtual COVID-19 town hall at 4 p.m. Wednesday via YouTube.

People can submit questions for the panelists to Dominick Recckio, Tompkins County communications director, at drecckio@tompkins-co.org.