October 23, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 1/15

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Cortland County: 30 new cases

Cortland County reported 28 new confirmed cases of COVID19 on Thursday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 2,925.

In all, 120 new cases were confirmed Thursday in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing them to 9,512 cases since the pandemic began. Five new deaths were reported, bringing to 142 the number of people who have died.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 1,041 patients, 307 of them confirmed positive. Twelve people are hospitalized, bringing to 129 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 65,461 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 21 new cases Thursday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 2,484, reports the state Health Department. Two new deaths were reported, one of them at a nursing home. A total of 923,328 people have been tested. Twenty-two Tompkins residents have died, including 10 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 71 new cases Thursday and three new deaths, two of them at a nursing home. Confirmed cases rose to 4,103. The state reports 106,314 people have been tested. Sixty-three people have died, the state reports, including 38 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 100case limit between Dec. 19 and Jan. 1 before moving to onlineonly learning. No people were quarantined, but one was isolated on campus for treatment.
  • Cornell University reported five new cases Tuesday, bringing it to 418 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It was at 38 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 Com-munity 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.

Cayuga Health opens mass vaccination site

LANSING — Cayuga Health and the Tompkins County Health department opened a 40,000square-foot COVID-19 vaccination clinic Thursday in the former Sears store at The Shops at Ithaca Mall.

The facility is preparing to distribute vaccine, and the health organization has already vaccinated 5,132 people at the rate of 650 to 800 people a day, Cayuga Health reported. The facility would be able to administer 2,000 doses a day, once the vaccine becomes more widely available.

“Our mission is to dispense 100% of the allocated vaccine as it is received, and we have done this continuously since accepting our first shipment,” said Dr. Martin Stallone, president and CEO of Cayuga Health. “It is our understanding that the more efficient that we are, the greater the allocation can become in the future. As additional groups are eligible for vaccination, we will reach them quickly.”

Cayuga Medical Center was one of the top 10 distributers of vaccine, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last week.

To register for the vaccine, go to cayugahealth.org/vaccine or tompkinscountyny.gov/health/ covid19vaccine.

Cayuga Health, Cortland County offer free tests

Cayuga Health and Cortland County officials announced Thursday that Cayuga Health’s COVID-19 testing site at the Gutchess Sports Complex will be expanded to include free testing for asymptomatic Cortland county residents and county employees.

Starting Monday, people who are not symptomatic or are unaware of any exposure to the coronavirus will be able to get tested at the site at no charge; the cost will be paid by Cortland County.

“We are pleased to be able to partner with Cayuga Health to offer this no-cost testing event to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our county,” said County Administrator Robert Corpora.

“We know that some individuals carrying the COVID-19 infection may be asymptomatic,” said Dr. Martin Stallone, president and chief executive of Cayuga Health. “Increased testing has been proven to slow the spread of COVID-19 to identify those with the infection that may not be showing symptoms.”

Testing will be performed 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays, however, the site schedule, and hours of operation, will be determined on a weekly basis.

Registrations are required; go to www.cayugahealth.org. Patients without access to the internet or need assistance can call 607-319-5708.