December 2, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 1/8

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Cortland County: 47 new cases, 1 new death

Cortland County reported 47 new confirmed cases of COVID19 on Thursday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 2,692. One new death was reported, at a nursing home.

In all, 197 new cases were confirmed Thursday in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing them to 8,559 cases since the pandemic began; 98 people have died.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 924 patients, 318 of them confirmed positive. Twenty-seven people are hospitalized, bringing to 116 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 62,224 negative test results. The county has reported 16 deaths in addition to 32 who died at nursing homes — 19 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 53 new cases Thursday and two new deaths, the number of confirmed cases rising to 2,278, reports the state Health Department. A total of 892,342 people have been tested. Eighteen 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 97 new cases Thursday and two new deaths, both at a nursing home. Confirmed cases rose to 3,589. The state reports 100,432 people have been tested. Thirty-six people have died, the state reports, including 15 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 three new cases Wednesday, bringing it to 393 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It was at 17 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

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CHS resumes remote learning

Cortland High School has reverted to remote learning, beginning today, after a ninth-grade student was confirmed Thursday afternoon to be infected with coronavirus, Superintendent Robert Edwards announced in an email.

Affected faculty and staff have been notified that they will have to quarantine for 10 days, while the school will be closed until at least Jan. 15. School staff members were working to determine which students were in contact with the infected students to notify them that they, too, should quarantine.

Prior to the middle of next week, Principal Joseph Mack will release an update. The remote learning plan affects only the high school.

Potential public virus exposure

The Tompkins County Health Department reported a potential public exposure to COVID-19:

  • Ulta Beauty, 40 Catherwood Road, Ithaca — 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 4.

People who may have been exposed should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19, including fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea for 14 days.

If symptoms develop, stay home and call your doctor for further guidance. If you are elderly, have underlying medical conditions, or are immunocompromised, call your doctor early even if your illness is mild.

Cayuga County offers no-cost testing clinic

The Cayuga County Health Department and Auburn Community Hospital offer a no-cost drive-through virus testing clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday.

The event will be at the Cayuga Onondaga BOCES campus, 1879 W. Genesee St. Road, Auburn. You must have an appointment in order to participate in this clinic. To register, go to and click on the button “COVID-19 Clinics.”