December 8, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 2/5

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Cortland County: 37 new cases

Cortland County reported 37 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 3,287. One new death was reported, at a nursing home.

In all, 95 new cases were confirmed Thursday in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing them to 11,360 cases since the pandemic began. Four new deaths were reported, bringing the number of people who have died to 181.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 438 patients, 114 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 74,385 negative test results. The county has reported 22 deaths in addition to 39 who died at nursing homes — 20 at Cortland Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 15 at Crown Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center and four at Guthrie Cortland Medical Center’s nursing and rehabilitation facility.
  • Tompkins County reported 43 new cases Thursday, and three new deaths — two of them at a nursing home. The number of confirmed cases rose to 3,100, reports the state Health Department. A total of 1,057,355 people have been tested. Thirty-seven 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, two at Groton Community Health Care Center and two at Cayuga Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 15 new cases Thursday. Confirmed cases rose to 4,973. The state reports 122,203 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 seven cases on campus Wednesday and 14 people in isolation. It has reported 33 cases since Jan. 16, but that includes positive cases of all SUNY Cortland students anywhere, not necessarily those in Cortland. Campus testing has shown 10 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.

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.

Rite Aid adds drive-through testing sites

Rite Aid has added 317 drive-through testing sites opening today in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania in partnership with the federal Department of Health and Human Services.

That includes The Rite Aid on Route 222 in Cortlandville.

Like Rite Aid’s existing testing sites, the new locations will use PCR, self-swab nasal tests overseen by Rite Aid pharmacists.

Each site will operate 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends, with testing available only through the chain’s drive-through windows to ensure the safety of customers seeking other services in-store.

Tests are available for anyone 4 or older, regardless if they are experiencing virus symptoms.

Customers must register online at to schedule a time slot for testing. Children need parent or legal guardian consent. The parent or legal guardian must be in attendance and bring their photo ID to the testing appointment.