October 27, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 1/16

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Cortland County: 22 new cases

Cortland County reported 22 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 2,947.

In all, 160 new cases were confirmed Friday in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing them to 9,672 cases since the pandemic began. Five new deaths were reported, bringing to 147 the number of people who have died.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 1,180 patients, 271 of them confirmed positive. Thirteen people are hospitalized, bringing to 131 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 65,810 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 44 new cases Friday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 2,528, reports the state Health Department. A total of 929,747 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 94 new cases Friday and five new deaths, four of them at a nursing home. Confirmed cases rose to 4,197. The state reports 107,485 people have been tested. Sixty-eight people have died, the state reports, including 38 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. However, a State University of New York tracker added two cases to that number on Dec. 23, bringing it to 779.
  • Cornell University reported one new case Wednesday, bringing it to 419 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It was at 39 cases of its 100-case limit between Jan. 2 and Jan. 15 before it would be required to go to remoteonly learning.
  • Tompkins Cortland Community College last reported a new case Dec. 19. The total was 21 cases since Aug. 1. The college has tested 1,552 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.

Cayuga County vaccinates 2,400

The Cayuga County Health Department administered 2,400 doses of the first allotment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine this week at vaccination clinics, the department reported Friday — all the vaccine it had.

“For those who have attended our clinics this week, we have faced issues with the state system that we are required to use. That has caused us to have to switch to paper record, which has slowed the clinic,” Cayuga Public Health Director Kathleen Cuddy said in a statement. “New York State continues to work on enhancing their system to prevent these malfunctions.”

Second-dose vaccination appointments will be available, she added, based on vaccine supply. People who received the first dose will be notified when the second dose is available.

The department and city of Auburn are working to create mobile vaccine clinics focusing on senior residential sites, special populations and rural areas.

The department has placed an order for more vaccine. Updates will be posted at cayugacounty.us/health.

No-cost testing clinic in Owasco

OWASCO — Cayuga County will offer a no-cost testing clinic 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at Emerson Park Pavilion, 6843 E. Lake Road, Owasco, the county announced.

This is a rapid result COVID-19 clinic for individuals who are not experiencing symptoms. You must have an appointment and be prepared to wait on-site for up to 30 minutes for your results. Wear a mask and social distancing will be enforced.

There is no residency requirement. To make an appointment, go to www. cayugacounty.us/health and clic on the button titled COVID-19 Clinics.