November 30, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 1/28

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Cortland County: 20 new cases

Cortland County reported 20 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 3,163.

In all, 76 new cases were confirmed Wednesday in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing them to 10,832 cases since the pandemic began. One new death was reported, bringing the number who have died to 165.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 625 patients, 174 of them confirmed positive. Ten people are hospitalized, bringing to 148 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 71,000 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 26 new cases Wednesday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 2,890, reports the state Health Department. A total of 992,837 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 30 new cases Wednesday, and one new death. Confirmed cases rose to 4,779. The state reports 117,061 people have been tested. Seventy-eight people have died, the state reports, including 48 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 reported 781 cases between Aug. 26 and Jan. 9, college and State University of New York data show. The college resumes surveillance testing of its students, staff and faculty next week.
  • Cornell University reported eight new cases Tuesday, bringing it to 497 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It was at 36 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 1,671 people. No people were quarantined or isolated.

Cortland County vaccinates 100 essential workers

Cortland County requested 2,500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the state this week; it got 100, which it administered Wednesday to Phase 1b workers.

The county reported it focused on firefighters, police, corrections and probation officers, social services caseworkers and teachers in a clinic at SUNY Cortland.

Guthrie Cortland Medical Center received no vaccine.

The county and hospital, under state guidelines, are not vaccinating people over 65, instead directing them to pharmacies and state-run vaccination sites unless they are eligible as essential workers.

The county is taking names of people over 65 to help connect them to pharmacies that may have appointments available.

To see if you’re eligible for the vaccine, go to

New York State has established its own vaccination clinics. To determine eligibility and schedule appointments call the state vaccination hotline at 1-833-NYS-4VAX (1-833-6974829).

Tompkins County fills 600 appointments

The Tompkins County Health Department filled 600 first-dose vaccine appointments this week with educators, corrections personnel and first responders.

Cayuga Health System and the Tompkins County Health Department also had a clinic for second doses on Tuesday, administering 400 doses to Phase 1a people who go their first dose four weeks ago. It expects to administer 2,300 second doses starting Monday.

It is, like Cortland County, directing people over 65 to pharmacies and state-run vaccination clinics.

Cayuga County offers 2 no-cost testing clinics

Cayuga County is offering two testing clinics for people not showing any symptoms of coronavirus:

  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday.
  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Both will be at Emerson Park Pavilion, 6843 E. Lake Road, Owasco. No residency is required.

Appointments are required, and can be made by going to and clicking on the “COVID-19 Clinics” button.