October 24, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 1/29

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Cortland County: 20 new cases, 1 new death

Cortland County reported 11 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 3,174. One new death was reported.

In all, 76 new cases were confirmed Thursday in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing them to 10,908 cases since the pandemic began. Three new deaths was reported, bringing the number of deaths to 168.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 654 patients, 170 of them confirmed positive. Thirteen people are hospitalized, bringing to 151 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 71,511 negative test results. The county has reported 22 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 Thursday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 2,917, reports the state Health Department. A total of 998,715 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 38 new cases Thursday, and two new deaths. Confirmed cases rose to 4,817. The state reports 117,756 people have been tested. Eighty people have died, the state reports, including 48 at The Commons on St. Anthony.


  • 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 1,709 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.

Madison County gets a fraction of doses sought

Since Dec. 31, Madison County has administered 1,900 doses of coronavirus vaccine and began its first round of second doses on Thursday.

However, the county’s health department reports that over the past few weeks, it has asked for 1,500 doses of vaccine per week, but has received only 100 doses per week. The health department is focusing vaccines on eligible Phase 1b individuals.

Madison County is working closely with the Office of the Aging to identify people over 65 who may have difficulty signing up for clinics when they are available. If you need assistance, call 315-606-5080 or Madison’s COVID-19 hotline at 315-3662770.

However, the county will not set up a vaccine lottery, as other counties have done.

“We know you are tired, as we are as well and extremely frustrated with this lack of vaccine rollout, but we ask for patience. We want to get everyone vaccinated,” Madison County Board Chairman John M. Becker said.