October 27, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 1/22

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Cortland County: 16 new cases

Cortland County reported 16 new confirmed cases of COVID19 on Thursday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 3,077.

In all, 145 new cases were confirmed Thursday in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing them to 10,387 cases since the pandemic began. Four new deaths were reported, bringing to 157 the number of people who have died.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 988 patients, 245 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 68,851 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 45 new cases and one new death Thursday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 2,752, reports the state Health Department. A total of 954,588 people have been tested. Twenty-five 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 84 new cases Thursday and three new deaths, two of them at a nursing home. Confirmed cases rose to 4,558. The state reports 112,847 people have been tested. Seventy-four people have died, the state reports, including 47 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 no new cases Tuesday, remaining at 442 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It was at 16 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 1,583 people. No people were quarantined or isolated.

Cortland County vaccinates 200 at SUNY arena

Cortland County public health nurses, Guthrie Cortland, SUNY Cortland nurses and many local volunteers worked together to administer 200 vaccines at the SUNY Cortland Park Center Ice Arena Wednesday evening.

Cortland County and Guthrie Medical had requested 2,500 vaccines for this week, but got only 200 doses of the Moderna vaccine with instructions that they be provided to people over 65 and essential workers.

“I’m extremely proud of how well the staff and volunteers performed last night,” said interim Public Health Director Lisa Perfetti.

The state allocates vaccine weekly and has told counties not to pre-book appointments or create waiting lists.

It suggests people over 65 get the vaccine through local pharmacies or state-run vaccination clinics, the closest of which is in Syracuse.

Cortland County and Guthrie have made the next vaccination request for anticipated clinics next week.

The Cortland County Area Agency on Aging will help seniors navigate the available vaccination resources.

However, county leaders reminded people that the vaccine supply is limited and people eligible for vaccination may still need to wait several weeks.

To see if you’re eligible, go to am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ or call 833-NYS4VAX (1-833-697-4829).

Potential public exposure: Ithaca

The Tompkins County Health Department has confirmed a potential public exposure to a person who has COVID-19:

  • Walmart, 135 Fairground Memorial Parkway, Ithaca — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 9; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 12; 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Jan. 13.

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 is mild.