January 18, 2022

Coronavirus briefs 2/10

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Cortland County reports 7 new COVID cases

Cortland County reported seven new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 3,369.

In all, 20 new cases were confirmed in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing them to 11,653 cases since the pandemic began.

One new death was reported, bringing the number of people who have died from the virus to 184.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 491 patients, 124 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 75,928 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 six new cases Tuesday. The number of confirmed cases rose to 3,232, reports the state Health Department. A total of 1,123,068 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 seven new cases Tuesday, and one new death. Confirmed cases rose to 5,052. The state reports 125,073 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 21 new cases on campus Monday and one Tuesday. Fiftythree people were in isolation. It has reported 83 cases since Jan. 16, but that includes positive cases of all SUNY Cortland students anywhere, not necessarily those in Cortland. Campus testing has shown 47 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 17 new cases Friday, 16 Saturday, 17 Sunday and three Monday, bringing it to 636 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It was at 23 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 2,006 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 New York State Health Department.

Tompkins County gets 700 first doses

The Tompkins County Health Department received 700 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine this week, which will be focused on grocery store workers and pre-school to high school workers, the county announced Tuesday.

Starting Monday, health departments may vaccinate individuals with co-morbidities based on supply.

The Tompkins department will clarify next week’s distribution when it learns how many doses it will get.

New York State has instructed local pharmacies to prioritize vaccinating people over 65 an for hospitals to prioritize continuing to vaccinate healthcare workers.

The health department will release appointments to the prioritized groups listed above in phases.

Each of these groups will have a pre-determined amount of time to register for appointments before the next group is provided the link.

The health department has collected a list of grocery stores, convenience stores and bodegas.

If you are the owner or manager at a grocer and did not receive a call or email by the end of today, email the health department at covid19vaccines@tompkins-co.org.