December 1, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 1/30/2021

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Cortland County: 28 new cases

Cortland County reported 28 new confirmed cases of COVID- 19 on Friday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 3,202.

In all, 79 new cases were confirmed Friday in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing them to 10,987 cases since the pandemic began. One new death was reported, bringing the number who have died to 169.

• The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 644 patients, 180 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 72,175 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 Friday and one new death — at a Groton nursing home — the number of confirmed cases rising to 2,944, reports the state Health Department. A total of 1,009,355 people have been tested. Twenty-nine Tompkins residents have died, including 10 at Oak Hill Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center, state data show, five at Beechtree Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing and one at Groton Community Health Care Center.

• In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 24 new cases Friday. Confirmed cases rose to 4,841. The state reports 118,336 people have been tested. Eighty people have died, the state reports, including 48 at The Commons on St. Anthony.

Colleges

• SUNY Cortland reported one case Thursday and four people in isolation. It resumes surveillance testing of its students, staff and faculty next week. It reported 781 cases between Aug. 26 and Jan. 9, college and State University of New York data show.

• Cornell University reported five new cases Wednesday, bringing it to 502 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It was at 37 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 1,741 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.

County OKs high-risk sports

The Cortland County Health Department gave its approval Friday to high-risk school sports, allowing teams to play starting Monday, if they meet a series of coronavirus-protection standards, the county announced.

Among those standards, each school district must create a sport-specific safety plan, approved by its medical director and forwarded to its school board, that:

• Designates a plan coordinator.

• Creates a system of daily checks to make sure no competitor or anyone associated with practice or the competition is ill.

• A system for loggin attendance at games, including officials and spectators.

• A plan to stagger games and practices to reduce crowding.

• An explanation of how items such as water bottles or towels will not be shared.

• How travel will be conducted safely.

The guidance requires medical clearances for athletes, as well as parental consent. The number of spectators will be limited and no multi-team events or tournaments will be allowed. Travel to play in contiguous counties is not allowed, nor is travel or orange or red zones.