October 21, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 1/11

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Cortland County: 61 new cases, 2 deaths

Cortland County reported 61 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, raising the number of confirmed cases to 2,820. It reported two new deaths, both at nursing homes.

In all, 280 new cases were confirmed Saturday and Sunday in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing them to 9,064 cases since the pandemic began; 119 people have died.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 1,055 patients, 339 of them confirmed positive. Twenty-six people are hospitalized, bringing to 123 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 63,641 negative test results. The county has reported 16 deaths in addition to 35 who died at nursing homes — 20 at Cortland Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 14 at Crown Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center and one at Guthrie Cortland Medical Center’s nursing and rehabilitation facility.
  • Tompkins County reported 78 new cases Saturday and Sunday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 2,396, reports the state Health Department. A total of 910,739 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 141 new cases Saturday and Sunday and 13 new deaths, 10 of them at a nursing home. Confirmed cases rose to 3,848. The state reports 103,295 people have been tested. Fifty people have died, the state reports, including 26 at The Commons on St. Anthony.

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.


  • 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 seven new cases Thursday, bringing it to 400 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It was at 26 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 1,534 people. No people were quarantined or isolated.

Cayuga County expands vaccine to some in Phase 1b

The Cayuga County Health Department has received the Moderna COVID19 vaccine and a vaccination clinic has been scheduled for Tuesday at the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES campus on West Genesee Street Road.

The clinic is limited to people eligible for the vaccine to these groups:

  • The state’s Phase 1a schedule: healthcare personnel, medical first responders, medical examiners, funeral workers and people living in or working in long-term care facilities run by the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities, Office of Mental Health or Office of Addiction Service and support
  • These two professions under Phase 1b: law enforcement personnel and teachers.

To make an appointment, which is required, go to www.cayugacounty.us/ health and click the COVID-19 vaccination clinic button. You will need to bring proof of identity and eligibility: an employee ID card; a letter from an employer or affiliated organization; or a pay stub. Have your New York driver’s license with you.

Tompkins County adds Phase 1b, but clinic today full

The Tompkins County Health Department plans to begin vaccinating people in Phase 1b of the state’s vaccine schedule today, but the clinic is full and the state is awaiting more vaccine.

Still, people who meet the criteria for Phase 1b can begin watching: Teachers and education workers; first responders; public safety workers; public transit workers and people 75 and older.

“Phase 1b expands to a large portion of our population and will take weeks to fully vaccinate,” said Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa.

People can sign up for email updates at forms.gle/CkiAuVWa9hjTfnFt5.