October 22, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 1/27

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Cortland County reports 4 new cases of virus

Cortland County reported four new confirmed cases of COVID19 on Tuesday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 3,143.

In all, 62 new cases were confirmed Tuesday in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing them to 10,756 cases since the pandemic began. Four new deaths were reported, bringing the number who have died to 164.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 663 patients, 188 of them confirmed positive. Eleven people are hospitalized, bringing to 147 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 70,349 negative test results. The county has reported 21 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 19 new cases Tuesday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 2,864, reports the state Health Department. Three new deaths were reported, one of them at a nursing home. A total of 985,694 people have been tested. Twenty-eight Tompkins residents have died, including 10 at Oak Hill Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center, state data show, and five at Beechtree Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 39 new cases Tuesday and one new death, at a nursing home. Confirmed cases rose to 4,749. The state reports 116,345 people have been tested. Seventy-seven people have died, the state reports, including 48 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 eight new cases Friday, seven Saturday, seven Sunday and eight Monday, bringing it to 489 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It was at 32 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 1,619 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.

Tompkins County gets 600 doses of vaccine

ITHACA — Tompkins County got 600 doses of COVID-19 vaccine this week, with instructions to prioritize essential Phase 1b workers, the Tompkins County Health Department announced Tuesday.

The doses will go to first responders, corrections staff, and school workers.

The state has asked pharmacies to prioritize their vaccine supply for people older than 65, and for hospital to focus on healthcare workers in Phase 1a.

The Health Department will release appointments to the priority groups phases.

Each group will have limited time to register for appointments before the next group is notified.

The online registration link will not be public and individuals in these groups should not forward the link to others.

“The lack of vaccine supply and the constraints placed on us by New York State make it more difficult to equitably distribute the doses we have to our vulnerable community members,” said Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa. “We are adhering to the state guidance and hope that we will receive increased allotments and relaxed restrictions in the coming weeks.”

If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and how to schedule an appointment, call 2-1-1 (877-211-8667).

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