January 18, 2022

Coronavirus briefs 1/23/2021

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Cortland County: 27 new cases of COVID-19

Cortland County reported 27 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 3,104.

In all, 104 new cases were confirmed Friday in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing them to 10,491 cases since the pandemic began. However, no new deaths were reported, so the number who have died remains at 157.

• The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 809 patients, 239 of them confirmed positive. Eleven people are hospitalized, bringing to 143 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 69,016 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 27 new cases Friday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 2,779, reports the state Health Department. A total of 960,843 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 50 new cases Friday. Confirmed cases rose to 4,608. The state reports 113,560 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 seven new cases Wednesday and 10 Thursday, bringing it to 459 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It was at 22 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.

Cayuga County offers testing at 2 clinics

Cayuga County will offer two clinics to test people for COVID- 19 next week — one for patients with symptoms, and one for patients without:

• For patients with symptoms — 9 a.m. to noon Sunday at the Board of Cooperative Educational Services campus 1879 W. Genesee St. Road in Auburn.

• For patients without symptoms — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at Emerson Park Pavilion, 6843 E. Lake Road, Owasco.

Appointments are required and can be made at www.cayugacounty. us/health. Click on the button “COVID-19 Clinics.”

Tompkins County warns of rising virus numbers

The Tompkins County Health Department is urging residents to follow coronavirus health guidelines after it saw 276 new cases in a week and 701 since Jan. 1.

“This increased spread of the disease is resulting primarily from household gatherings with family and friends, spread within households once one person becomes positive, workplace exposures and trainings, travelrelated exposures, and in other locations where distance and density guidelines are not observed,” states the health department in a news release Friday.

Clusters were identified from:

• A gathering at a place of worship where masks were not worn.

• A daycare setting.

• A law enforcement training

• Two workplace settings.

Public Health Director Frank Kruppa said people need to continue to follow guidelines, particularly as vaccine distribution has been limited.

“We do have control over what we do to keep one another safe — wearing a mask, keeping distance, and avoiding gatherings are still the most effective tools we have to stop the spread,” he said. “Please know that when you take these precautions you contribute to the overall health and safety of our community.”

Alert: Potential Public exposure at Five Below

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

• Five Below, 744 S. Meadow St., Ithaca — 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 16.

People who may have been exposed should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19, 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.