December 4, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 2/18

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Cortland County reports 19 new COVID cases

Cortland County reported 19 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 3,540.

In all, 31 new cases were confirmed in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing them to 12,074 cases since the pandemic began. No new deaths were reported, the number of people who have died from the virus remaining at 193.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 525 patients, 144 of them confirmed positive. Nine people are hospitalized, bringing to 170 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 78,956 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 five new cases Wednesday. The number of confirmed cases rose to 3,345, reports the state Health Department. A total of 1,207,122 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 seven new cases Wednesday. Confirmed cases rose to 5,189. The state reports 129,326 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 three new cases on campus Wednesday. Seventy-eight people were in isolation and 69 in quarantine. It has reported 178 cases since Jan. 16, but that includes positive cases of all SUNY Cortland students anywhere, not necessarily those in Cortland. Campus testing has shown 109 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 two new cases Monday, bringing it to 674 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It was at seven 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 2,301 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.

State delays 1,100 Tompkins County doses

The Tompkins County Health Department will not get nearly 1,100 doses of COVID-19 vaccine this week, as the state promised, because of weather and transportation delays, the county health department reported Wednesday.

People who were registered to receive the vaccine this week at the Cayuga Health vaccination site will have their appointments carried over for a future clinic once vaccine is available. These groups include healthcare workers, grocery workers, P-12 school workers, and individuals age 65 and older with comorbidities living at Titus Towers and McGraw House.

A state-planned pop-up clinic Friday at Beverly J. Martin Elementary School will continue with 200 doses the state supplied.

“Unfortunately, there are events out of our control, and we are not the only county affected by this delay,” said Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa. “We cannot confirm when the clinic will be rescheduled for until we know we have vaccine.”

Guthrie resumes non-emergent surgeries

Guthrie, which operates Guthrie Cortland Medical Center, announced Wednesday it will resume non-emergent surgeries postponed by a spoke in COVID-19 cases.

Coronavirus inpatient numbers are down more than 50% since December, the Sayre, Pa.based health organized said in a release. So Guthrie’s surgeons are beginning to address the backlog of surgeries by working longer days.