October 23, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 2/4

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Cortland County: 23 new cases of virus found

Cortland County reported 23 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 3,273.

In all, 59 new cases were confirmed Wednesday in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing them to 11,265 cases since the pandemic began. No new deaths were reported, the number of people who have died remaining at 177.

• The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 402 patients, 113 of them confirmed positive. Twelve people are hospitalized, bringing to 158 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 73,847 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 13 new cases Wednesday. The number of confirmed cases rose to 3,057, reports the state Health Department. A total of 1,049,325 people have been tested. Thirtyfour 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 23 new cases Wednesday. Confirmed cases rose to 4,958. The state reports 121,6581 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.

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 one case Tuesday and 10 people in isolation. It has reported 26 cases since Jan. 16, but that includes positive cases of all SUNY Cortland students anywhere, not necessarily those in Cortland. Campus testing has shown three 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 12 new cases Monday and five Tuesday, bringing it to 550 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It was at seven 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.

3 cases of ‘UK variant’ found

The Tompkins County Health Department reported Wednesday that three cases of the “UK variant” of COVID-19 were con firmed in Tompkins County.

One case was identified following travel and the other two cases were close household contacts of the first positive case. The con tact investigation has been completed and all close contacts have been identified. The individual entered quarantine immediately upon returning from travel and close contacts were also quarantined. Following positive test results, all three individuals were placed in isolation.

The UK variant is a more contagious variant of COVID-19. The first reported case of this strain was identified in New York on Jan. 4. There is no evidence that this strain is more dangerous to an individual’s health, or to the public, the department reports.

“We were able to identify the positive case and all close contacts immediately,” said Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa. “This is a more contagious variant, but we are confident that we were able to stop the spread in this case.”

Virtual vaccine Q&A ‘Office Hours’ set

The Tompkins County Health Department plans a series of virtual COVID-19 Vaccine Q&A “Office Hours” to offer more information on COVID-19 vaccines.

Attendees will have the ability to ask questions live or anonymously in moderated events discussing the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines.

General sessions will be offered along with sessions designed for particular groups or other languages.

Some sessions will be recorded for later viewing on YouTube.

The sessions:
• General COVID-19 Vaccine Office Hour: Noon Feb. 9. Register at tinyurl.com/1ffs63vy.

• Vaccine Office Hour, specifically for people of color: Noon Feb. 10. Register at tinyurl.com/jnhyxzgo.

• Vaccine Office Hour, for people with concerns about the vaccine: Noon Feb. 16. Register at tinyurl.com/cbbb44xn.

• Vaccine Office Hour, for people who are pregnant, breastfeeding or parents and guardians: Noon Feb. 17. Register at tinyurl.com/1hlb0c4i.

You can join by phone, using the links above or by calling 877-211-8667.