October 23, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 1/21

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Cortland County: 34 new cases

Cortland County reported 34 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 3,061.

In all, 126 new cases were confirmed Wednesday in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing them to 10,242 cases since the pandemic began. Two new deaths were reported, bringing to 153 the number of people who have died.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 891 patients, 251 of them confirmed positive. Fifteen people are hospitalized, bringing to 141 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 67,851 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 50 new cases and one new death at a nursing home Wednesday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 2,707, reports the state Health Department. A total of 949,084 people have been tested. Twenty-four Tompkins residents have died, including 10 at Oak Hill Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center, state data show, and four at Beechtree Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 42 new cases Wednesday and one new death, at a nursing home. Confirmed cases rose to 4,474. The state reports 111,924 people have been tested. Seventy-one people have died, the state reports, including 45 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 and two more Jan. 9, bringing it to 781.
  • Cornell University reported 12 new cases Monday, bringing it to 442 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It was at 13 cases of its 100-case limit between Jan. 16 and Jan. 29 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.

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.

Nursing home opens 37-bed COVID unit

ITHACA — Cayuga Health and Cayuga Nursing & Rehabilitation Center announced Wednesday that they have teamed up to offer a 37-bed facility dedicated to COVID-19 patient care, free capacity at hospitals.

The COVID-19 facility is in a separate unoccupied building on the Cayuga Nursing & Rehabilitation Center campus. It specifically focuses on stabilized noninfectious COVID-19 patients who are still testing positive, to provide continued care and the required quarantine.

The agreement has been in the planning stages since last spring, said Dr. Martin Stallone, president and CEO of Cayuga Health.

Cayuga Nursing & Rehabilitation Center is a 144-bed skilled nursing facility on the west shore of Cayuga Lake in Ithaca.

“Under an executive order, nursing home patients are not permitted to be discharged without a COVID-19 negative test,” said Shully Braunstein, Owner of the nursing home. “After I received the call from Dr. Martin Stallone and Dr. David Evelyn asking if we are still able to help, we acted quickly to get a memorandum of understanding from the Department of Health.”

This facility will be operated separate and apart from the nursing home and their residents and faculty. All patients will be admitted through a separate entrance where multiple barriers have been set up to prevent access from CNRC to the facility. All direct-care staff will be dedicated to the COVID patient facility and will not be moved to work at any other unit.

Potential public exposure on TCAT bus routes

The Tompkins County Health Department has confirmed a potential public exposure to a person who has COVID-19, on TCAT bus routes 40, 43 and 53:

  • Jan. 13: Route 43 inbound: Rider boarded 11:43 a.m. in Varna and disembarked noon at the Commons.
  • Jan. 14: Route 43 inbound: Rider boarded 7:34 a.m. in Varna and disembarked 7:52 a.m. at the Commons. Route 53 outbound: Rider boarded around 5:30 p.m. in the Commons and disembarked 5:52 p.m. in Varna.
  • Jan. 15: Route 43 inbound: Rider boarded 7:33 a.m. at Varna and disembarked 7:52 a.m. at the Commons.
  • Jan. 18: Route 40 inbound: Rider boarded 7:06 a.m. at Varna and disembarked 7:24 a.m. at the Commons.

People who may have been exposed should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID19, including fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea for 14 days. If symptoms develop, stay home and call your doctor for further guidance. If you are elderly, have underlying medical conditions, or are immunocompromised, call your doctor early even if your illness