October 21, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 2/20

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Cortland County reports 23 new COVID cases

Cortland County reported 23 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 3,577.

In all, 61 new cases were confirmed in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing them to 12,172 cases since the pandemic began. No new deaths were reported, the number of people who have died from the virus remaining at 194.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 516 patients, 142 of them confirmed positive. Five people are hospitalized, bringing to 170 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 79,899 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 17 new cases Friday. The number of confirmed cases rose to 3,367, reports the state Health Department. A total of 1,243,407 people have been tested. Forty-two 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 21 new cases Friday. Confirmed cases rose to 5,228. The state reports 130,755 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.

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 14 new cases on campus Friday. Eighty-one people were in isolation and 86 in quarantine. It has reported 202 cases since Jan. 16, but that includes positive cases of all SUNY Cortland students anywhere, not necessarily those in Cortland. Campus testing has shown 127 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 one case each Tuesday and Wednesday, bringing it to 676 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It was at nine 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 reported one case Thursday, the first reported case since Dec. 19. The total was 22 cases since Aug. 1. The college has tested 2,356 people. One person was quarantined; nobody was isolated.

Cortland cancels vaccine clinic

The Cortland County Health Department canceled a COVID-19 vaccination clinic planned for today at SUNY Cortland because 200 doses of Moderna vaccine from the state were delayed.

The county plans a larger clinic next week when its allotment arrives.

Anyone who had been scheduled for an appointment today will be notified of the cancellation via the county’s hyper-reach notification system and will be re-scheduled for the next clinic.

A time and date for the next clinic cannot be set until the vaccine is delivered.

“As more vaccine is available locally and throughout the state, we look forward to a time when each of our residents has the opportunity to be vaccinated,” interim Public Health Director Lisa Perfetti said. “Please continue to follow all established COVID guidelines including wearing a mask, washing your hands and maintaining a 6-feet distance from others outside of your own home.”

To date, the Cortland County Health Department, Guthrie Cortland Medical Center and SUNY Cortland have administered all of their 881 first doses. A second dose has been administered to 257 people.

Nursing homes in NY to soon allow visitors

The state plans to release guidance Monday that would set rules so nursing homes can allow visitors, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Friday.

“The state Department of Health will allow visitation of residents in nursing home facilities in accordance with CMS and CDC guidelines,” Cuomo said in a statement. “The Department of Health recommends that visitors take a rapid test before entry into the facility, and DOH will provide rapid tests to nursing homes at no cost.”