October 17, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 2/9

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Cortland County: 29 new cases

Cortland County reported 29 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Monday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 3,362.

In all, 67 new cases were confirmed Saturday and Sunday in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing them to 11,633 cases since the pandemic began. No new deaths were reported. The number of people who have died is 183.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 469 patients, 130 of them confirmed positive. Nine people are hospitalized, bringing to 161 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 75,688 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 25 new cases Monday. The number of confirmed cases rose to 3,226, reports the state Health Department. A total of 1,110,922 people have been tested. Thirty-nine 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 13 new cases Monday. Confirmed cases rose to 5,045. The state reports 124,611 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.

Colleges

  • SUNY Cortland reported four new cases on campus Friday and 30 people in isolation by Monday. It has reported 55 cases since Jan. 16, but that includes positive cases of all SUNY Cortland students anywhere, not necessarily those in Cortland. Campus testing has shown 25 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 16 new cases Thursday, bringing it to 583 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It was at 17 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 1,902 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.

Cornell moves to yellow alert after frat party

ITHACA — Cornell University has moved to yellow alert following a fraternity party where partiers did not wear masks, the college has announced.

A cluster of at least 12 COVID-19 cases was identified among students, adding to more than 30 cases last week caught through surveillance testing.

“A rise in non-arrival positive COVID-19 test results indicates transmission has occurred locally due to lack of adherence to public health measures such as physical distancing, mask wearing, and avoiding gatherings,” the university announced.

“The cases are related to a party in Collegetown, which many members of Greek life organizations attended and where face covering and physical distancing requirements were not followed,” President Martha E. Pollack and Provost Michael Kotlikoff said in a joint statement.

The Ithaca campus has moved to alert level yellow, which increases testing and may reduce capacity of on-campus spaces.