December 4, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 2/6

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Cortland County: 24 new cases of virus reported

Cortland County reported 24 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 3,311.

In all, 88 new cases were confirmed Thursday in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing them to 11,448 cases since the pandemic began. One new death was reported, bringing the number of people who have died to 182.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 450 patients, 128 of them confirmed positive. Fourteen people are hospitalized, bringing to 160 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 74,809 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 37 new cases Friday, and one new death — at a nursing home. The number of confirmed cases rose to 3,137, reports the state Health Department. A total of 1,069,849 people have been tested. Thirty-eight 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, three at Groton Community Health Care Center and two at Cayuga Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 27 new cases Friday. Confirmed cases rose to 5,000. The state reports 122,827 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 11 cases on campus Thursday and 27 people in isolation. It has reported 48 cases since Jan. 16, but that includes positive cases of all SUNY Cortland students anywhere, not necessarily those in Cortland. Campus testing has shown 21 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 Tuesday and 16 Wednesday, bringing it to 567 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It was at 14 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 1,842 people. No people were quarantined or isolated.

Official: Spikes are for Super Bowl, not COVID

Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa issued this statement regarding get-togethers to watch the Super-bowl on Sunday: Don’t do it.

“Each time we’ve seen a holiday where people gather together from different households, we’ve seen a spike in COVID-19 cases,” Kruppa said. “Active cases have been on the decline over the past few weeks, and we have the opportunity to continue this trend.

To keep moving forward, the health department is asking everyone to avoid Super Bowl gatherings between different households this Sunday. Don’t let the Super Bowl become a super spreader.”

College, city issue statement as cases rise

Cortland Mayor Brian Tobin and SUNY Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum issued a joint statement Friday saying the college is trying to reduce the spread of COVID-19, even as the college recorded 11 new cases on campus Thursday.

“As a new semester begins at SUNY Cortland, we wanted to reach out — as president of the university and mayor of the city of Cortland — to reassure you that we are working together to keep our community safe during the ongoing pandemic,” they said.

A committee of SUNY Cortland and community representatives meet regularly to discuss issues and share information, including testing and enforcement.

“The university’s commitment to aggressive testing for COVID-19 will allow SUNY Cortland to quickly respond to outbreaks with quarantine and isolation measures,” they said.

The college requires returning students to submit a negative COVID-19 test or proof of a completed isolation period before coming to campus, and to be tested upon arrival on campus.

All students, faculty and staff are tested weekly.

“When battling a pandemic, facts are more effective than fear,” the said. “As we move forward together, we will provide regular updates to our community.”

The college has reported 21 cases on campus so far this semester.

Cayuga County offers testing via drive-through

The Cayuga County Health Department will offer a no-cost COVID-19 drive-through testing clinic Wednesday for Cayuga County residents.

The clinic will be for people experiencing coronavirus symptoms and will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Auburn Community Hospital.

Enter the helipad entrance on Lansing Street.

You must have an appointment, which can be made by going to health and clicking on the button “COVID-19 Clinics.”