January 18, 2022

Coronavirus briefs 1/19

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Cortland County: 61 new cases, 1 new fatal

Cortland County reported 61 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the long weekend, raising the number of confirmed cases to 3,008. One new death was reported

In all, 349 new cases were confirmed Saturday, Sunday and Monday in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing them to 10,021 cases since the pandemic began. Three new deaths were reported, bringing to 150 the number of people who have died.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 1,066 patients, 251 of them confirmed positive. Fifteen people are hospitalized, bringing to 136 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 66,724 negative test results. The county has reported 20 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 113 new cases Saturday, Sunday and Monday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 2,641, reports the state Health Department. One new death was reported, at a nursing home. A total of 944,987 people have been tested. Twenty-three Tompkins residents have died, including 10 at Oak Hill Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center, state data show, and three at Beechtree Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 175 new cases over the three-day weekend and one new death. Confirmed cases rose to 4,372. The state reports 110,031 people have been tested. Sixty-nine people have died, the state reports, including 43 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. However, a State University of New York tracker added two cases to that number on Dec. 23 and two more Jan. 9, bringing it to 781.
  • Cornell University reported three new cases Thursday, bringing it to 422 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It was at 45 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 1,552 people. No people were quarantined or isolated.

UK virus variant found in Tompkins County

The Tompkins County Health Department is announcing that a positive case of the “UK variant” of COVID-19 has been identified in Tompkins County, sequenced through Cornell University’s COVID-19 testing lab after the individual disclosed travel from the United Kingdom.

The contact investigation has been completed and no close contacts were identified. The individual entered quarantine immediately upon returning from travel and was placed in isolation.

The “UK variant” is a more contagious variant of COVID-19, but not necessarily more dangerous; the first reported case in New York was reported Jan. 4.

“While this variant is more contagious, we are confident that we detected the positive case immediately and the individual did not have any close contacts,” Tompkins Public Health Director Frank Kruppa said. “We all still have a part in stopping the spread, and must continue to wear masks, avoid crowds, and keep distance from one another.”

Cayuga County adds testing clinics

The Cayuga County Health Department added two testing clinics this week for people not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, in addition to one taking place today.

The new clinics are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Saturday at Emerson Park Pavilion, 6843 E. Lake Road, Owasco.

You must have an appointment. Be prepared to wait on-site for up to 30 minutes for your results.

You must wear a mask and socially distance.

There is no residency requirement.

To make an appointment, go to www.cayugacounty.us/health and click on the button, “COVID-19 Clinics.”