October 22, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 1/7

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Cortland County: 51 new cases, 3 new deaths

Cortland County reported 51 new confirmed cases of COVID19 on Wednesday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 2,645. Three new deaths were reported, two of them in nursing homes.

In all, 120 new cases were confirmed Tuesday in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing them to 8,362 cases since the pandemic began. Ninety-eight people have died.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 905 patients, 304 of them confirmed positive. Twenty-three people are hospitalized, bringing to 112 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 61,848 negative test results. The county has reported 16 deaths in addition to 32 who died at nursing homes — 18 at Cortland Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 13 at Crown Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center and one at Guthrie Cortland Medical Center’s nursing and rehabilitation facility.
  • Tompkins County reported 59 new cases Wednesday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 2,225, reports the state Health Department. A total of 889,723 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 111 new cases Wednesday and three new deaths, all at a nursing home. Confirmed cases rose to 3,492. The state reports 99,368 people have been tested. Thirty four people have died, the state reports, including 13 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 nine new cases Tuesday, bringing it to 390 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It was at 15 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.

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.

Cortland offers vaccine clinic for Phase 1a

The Cortland County Health Department will have a vaccination clinic from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the County Office Building for Phase 1a-eligible people.

“It is important to note that these are not public vaccination clinics, these clinics are only open to those considered to be part of Phase 1a by New York State,” state a news release from the county.

Phase 1a includes:

  • High-risk hospital and health center staff.
  • Primary medical care providers.
  • Emergency medical services personnel.
  • Medical examiners and coroners.
  • Funeral workers who have direct contact with infectious material and bodily fluids.
  • State-run group home staff and residents.
  • Dentists.
  • School nurses.
  • Health care workers who have direct contact with patients.

People who are eligible and pregnant should consult with their primary care physician before getting the vaccine. Those who are eligible should also bring proof of their employment, according to the release: employee ID card, letter from employer or organization, or a pay stub. Employers could also provide the county a list of eligible employees

“We are required to verify that those receiving a vaccine at this time meet the state guidelines for eligibility, and it will be important to bring proof of working as a healthcare staff member or in a prioritized profession to the vaccination site,” the release states.

To book an appointment, go to tinyurl.com/y3gxdxzz. For questions, call 607-756-3415.