December 6, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 2/16

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Cortland County reports 30 new COVID cases

Cortland County reported 30 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the long weekend, raising the number of confirmed cases to 3,489.

In all, 118 new cases were confirmed in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing them to 12,000 cases since the pandemic began. Three new deaths were reported, bringing the number of people who have died from the virus to 193.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 619 patients, 139 of them confirmed positive. Eight people are hospitalized, bringing to 168 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 78,221 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 35 new cases Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and two new deaths. The number of confirmed cases rose to 3,335, reports the state Health Department. A total of 1,193,230 people have been tested. Forty-one 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 53 new cases over the weekend, and one new death. Confirmed cases rose to 5,176. The state reports 128,850 people have been tested. Eighty-seven 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 one new cases on campus Monday. Seventy-four people were in isolation and 36 in quarantine. It has reported 146 cases since Jan. 16, but that includes positive cases of all SUNY Cortland students anywhere, not necessarily those in Cortland. Campus testing has shown 85 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 three new cases Friday, two Saturday and three Sunday, bringing it to 672 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It was at five cases of its 100-case limit between Feb. 13 and Feb. 26 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 2,235 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.

2 potential exposures

The Tompkins County Health Department reports two potential public exposures to people with COVID-19:

  • Ciao, 2 Hickory Hollow Lane, Ithaca: 3:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 6; and 3 to 9 p.m. Feb. 8, 9 and 10.
  • TCAT, Routes 14S and 14: Feb. 9, Route 14S outbound, picked up 12:19 p.m. at West Hill Village, dropped off 1 p.m. at Walmart. Also, Feb. 9, Route 14 outbound, picked up 8:14 a.m. at West Village and dropped off at 8:27 a.m. at Cayuga Medical Center. And Feb. 9, Route 14 inbound, picked up 12:25 p.m. at the hospital and dropped off 12:43 p.m. at West Village.

People who may have been exposed should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19, including fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea for 14 days. If symptoms develop, stay home and call your doctor for further guidance. If you are elderly, have underlying medical conditions, or are immunocompromised, call your doctor early even if your illness is mild.

Cayuga County drive-through clinic this week

The Cayuga County Health Department and Auburn Community Hospital will offer a no cost coronavirus drive-through testing clinic Wednesday for Cayuga County residents showing symptoms of COVID-19.

The clinic will be 10 a.m. to noon at Auburn Community Hospital. Enter via the helipad entrance on Lansing Street.

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