October 20, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 2/12

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Cortland County reports 25 new COVID cases

Cortland County reported 25 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Thursday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 3,423.

In all, 72 new cases were confirmed in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing them to 11,791 cases since the pandemic began. Three new deaths were reported, bringing the number of people who have died from the virus to 189.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 560 patients, 142 of them confirmed positive. Nine people are hospitalized, bringing to 164 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 76,811 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 27 new cases Thursday. The number of confirmed cases rose to 3,274, reports the state Health Department. A total of 1,144,073 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 20 new cases Wednesday, and three new deaths. Confirmed cases rose to 5,094. The state reports 126,698 people have been tested. Eighty-six 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 New York State Health Department.


  • SUNY Cortland reported 13 new cases on campus Thursday. Forty-nine people were in isolation. It has reported 107 cases since Jan. 16, but that includes positive cases of all SUNY Cortland students anywhere, not necessarily those in Cortland. Campus testing has shown 61 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 four new cases Wednesday, bringing it to 650 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It was at 27 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 2,090 people. No people were quarantined or isolated.

Guthrie: Those with conditions to get vaccine

Guthrie announced Thursday that it will administer COVID-19 vaccines to people between 18 and 64 with a number of health conditions outlined by the state Department of Health.

If patients have not seen their primary care provider in recent years, make an appointment, as an undiagnosed condition could be revealed that qualifies one for the vaccine, Guthrie advised.

Because vaccine supply remains limited, and distribution unpredictable, Guthrie will not open scheduling for vaccine clinics until additional shipment of the vaccine is received, often leaving less than 24 hours to notify patients.

Guthrie will notify the community via The Guthrie Clinic Facebook page and on guthrie.org as soon as appointments are available.

“We understand that not everyone has internet access to receive notifications or to schedule an appointment so we are encouraging community members with those resources and skills to reach out to friends, family, and neighbors who may need assistance,” said Dr. Michael Scalzone, Guthrie’s chief quality officer.

Vaccines will require an appointment, which can be made through at eGuthrie.org.

These conditions qualify, according to the state Health Department: cancer; chronic kidney disease; pulmonary disease, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, moderate to severe asthma, pulmonary fibrosis and cystic fibrosis; intellectual and developmental disabilities; heart conditions including heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies or high blood pressure; compromised immune systems; severe obesity; pregnancy; sickle cell disease or thalassemia; diabetes; cerebrovascular disease; neurologic conditions including dementia; liver disease.

Tompkins County to give shots to those with conditions

The Tompkins County Health Department will begin vaccinating people with health conditions starting Monday, if it has adequate supply of vaccines, the county announced Thursday.

People with a comorbidity or underlying condition seeking the COVID-19 vaccine may use a self-attestation form to establish eligibility. For a copy of the form, go to tinyurl.com/yd8jewkg.

The department awaits confirmation from the state on the number of doses that will be made available for people with comorbidities.

The county will prioritize people over 65 with an eligible comorbidity.