October 23, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 2/3

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Cortland County reports 12 new cases of virus

Cortland County reported 12 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 3,250.

In all, 54 new cases were confirmed Tuesday in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing them to 11,229 cases since the pandemic began. Three new deaths were reported, bringing the number who have died to 177.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 366 patients, 108 of them confirmed positive. Twelve people are hospitalized, bringing to 157 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 73,401 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 29 new cases Tuesday and three new deaths, one of them at a nursing home. The number of confirmed cases rose to 3,044, reports the state Health Department. A total of 1,041,811 people have been tested. Thirty-four Tompkins residents have died, including 10 at Oak Hill Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center, state data show, six at Beechtree Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing and two at Groton Community Health Care Center.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 13 new cases Tuesday. Confirmed cases rose to 4,935. The state reports 121,071 people have been tested. Eighty-three people have died, the state reports, including 48 at The Commons on St. Anthony and two at Auburn Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.


  • SUNY Cortland reported one case Monday and eight people in isolation. It has reported 22 cases since Jan. 16, but that includes positive cases of all SUNY Cortland students anywhere, not necessarily those in Cortland. Campus testing has shown two cases this semester. It reported 781 cases between Aug. 26 and Jan. 9, college and State University of New York data show.
  • Cornell University reported six new cases Friday, five Saturday and five Sunday, bringing it to 533 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It was at six cases of its 100-case limit between Jan. 30 and Feb. 12 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 1,808 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.

Cortland County gets 200 doses of virus vaccine

The Cortland County Health Department received 200 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the state this week, which it will split evenly between essential workers under Phase 1b and residents and staff of state-run residences of the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.

The weekly clinic today at SUNY Cortland targeted teachers and day-care providers. The Cortland County Health Department is working with each of the residential facilities and plans to vaccinate that group next week, the county announced Tuesday.

It will begin administering second doses to the 52 people of its Jan. 12 clinic beginning Tuesday.

To determine your eligibility, go to am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov. To determine eligibility and schedule appointments with state-run vaccination clinics, call the New York State Vaccination hotline 833-NYS-4VAX, or 833-697-4829.

Tompkins County gets 700 doses

The Tompkins County Health Department received 700 first doses of coronavirus vaccine this week, 600 of which will go to Phase 1b individuals who work in childcare, the homeless shelter, public transit, and schools, as well as individuals living in a homeless shelter.

Another 100 doses are designated for staff of facilities overseen by the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.

The state has instructed local health departments to prioritize vaccine for essential workers in Phase 1b; pharmacies are to prioritize vaccinating people over 65; and hospitals to focus on Phase 1a workers.

The health department will send a private registration link to eligible people, who can then schedule an appointment.

“Over the coming weeks, we plan to continue this method of local prioritization in phase 1b and communicate with the eligible populations directly,” said Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa.

New York State will send 300 doses for Phase 1a workers to Cayuga Medical Center this week.