October 23, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 1/14

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Cortland County: 30 new cases

Cortland County reported 30 new confirmed cases of COVID19 Wednesday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 2,897.

In all, 137 new cases were confirmed Wednesday in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing them to 9,392 cases since the pandemic began. Six new deaths were reported, bringing to 135 the number of people who have died.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 1,026 patients, 319 of them confirmed positive. Fourteen people are hospitalized, bringing to 128 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 64,780 negative test results. The county has reported 19 deaths in addition to 38 who died at nursing homes — 20 at Cortland Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 15 at Crown Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center and three at Guthrie Cortland Medical Center’s nursing and rehabilitation facility.
  • Tompkins County reported 39 new cases Wednesday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 2,463, reports the state Health Department. Two new deaths were reported. A total of 920,323 people have been tested. Twenty 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 68 new cases Wednesday and four new deaths, all at a nursing home. Confirmed cases rose to 4,032. The state reports 105,512 people have been tested. Sixty people have died, the state reports, including 36 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 two new cases Monday, bringing it to 413 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It was at 35 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 1,546 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 County holds its first vaccine clinic

Cortland County public health nurses administered 52 doses of the Moderna vaccine Tuesday to eligible residents, including residents living in group home settings.

“Our county Health Department staff train regularly to provide these type of clinics,” interim Public Health director Lisa Perfetti said. “Our staff performed wonderfully and the clinic was a success.”

Each patient who received vaccine is required to be monitored for 15 minutes following the vaccination. They were able to sign up for a second dose in four weeks.

Cortland County is now preparing for a larger clinic in conjunction with Guthrie Cortland Medical Center and SUNY Cortland, beginning next week at the college’s Park Center ice arena. However, future clinics are subject to vaccine availability from the state.

“My office continues to work with our Health Department and our regional and state partners to secure more vaccine for Cortland County,” said Legislature Chairman Paul Heider (R-Cuyler, Solon, Truxton).

Registration for clinic appointments will be made available to those eligible to receive the vaccine once the county receives verification of vaccine shipment. Registration is required as the clinic will not accept walk-ins; the county will announce appointments as they are available.