October 24, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 2/22

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Cortland County reports 14 new cases

Cortland County reported 14 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Saturday and Sunday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 3,591.

In all, 97 new cases were confirmed over the weekend in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing them to 12,269 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 427 patients, 105 of them confirmed positive. Six people are hospitalized, bringing to 171 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 80,645 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 22 new cases over the weekend. The number of confirmed cases rose to 3,389, reports the state Health Department. A total of 1,274,102 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 61 new cases Saturday and Sunday. Confirmed cases rose to 5,289. The state reports 132,524 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 no new cases on campus Saturday, but three on Sunday. Sixty-four people were in isolation and 81 in quarantine. It has reported 206 cases since Jan. 16, but that includes positive cases of all SUNY Cortland students anywhere, not necessarily those in Cortland. Campus testing has shown 130 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 cases Thursday, bringing it to 678 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It was at 11 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. No students 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.

Nursing homes can soon allow visitors

The state plans to release guidance today 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.”

“One of the most devastating aspects of this virus has been how it separated families from their loved ones, making an already difficult situation even harder to bear,” Cuomo said. “The light at the end of the tunnel is getting closer, but we are not out of the woods yet. New Yorkers have been through so much this past year and as long as we continue to follow the science and remain united, we will finally win this war.”

29 inmates positive at Cayuga County Jail

Twenty-nine inmates at the Cayuga County Jail were found to have COVID-19 on Friday after one inmate showed minor flu-like symptoms, Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck reported.

The initial inmate tested positive for coronavirus, as were 28 fellow inmates in the same housing unit, although only two displayed symptoms. The inmates have been isolated from the rest of the population, he said, and additional inmates have been quarantined as a precaution.

Contact tracing is underway, Schenck said.

Potential exposure in Tompkins County

ITHACA — The Tompkins County Health Department has alerted the public of a potential public exposure to someone with COVID-19:

  • Tractor Supply, 378 Elmira Road, Ithaca — 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 13; 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14; noon to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 15; and 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 17.