December 2, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 2/23

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Cortland County: 17 new cases

Cortland County reported 17 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Monday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 3,608.

In all, 33 new cases were confirmed Monday in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing them to 12,302 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 394 patients, 116 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 80,838 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 nine new cases Monday. The number of confirmed cases rose to 3,398, reports the state Health Department. A total of 1,278,156 people have been tested. Fortytwo 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 Monday. Confirmed cases rose to 5,296. The state reports 132,921 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 11 new cases on campus Monday. Sixty-one people were in isolation and 78 in quarantine. It has reported 222 cases since Jan. 16, but that includes positive cases of all SUNY Cortland students anywhere, not necessarily those in Cortland. Campus testing has shown 141 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 2,473 people. One student was quarantined; one was isolated.

Tompkins County gets 1,100 doses

The Tompkins County Health Department has received 1,100 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine following a delay last week because of the weather, the county announced Monday.

Of the 1,100 doses, the state has designated 300 for individuals with comorbidities, 600 are for individuals eligible in Phase 1b, particularly grocery and school workers, and 200 are for healthcare workers eligible in Phase 1a.

The Health Department is awaiting notification from the State regarding this week’s vaccine allocation.

Grocery workers and healthcare workers whose appointments were scheduled for last week will be rescheduled for a Wednesday clinic at the Shops at Ithaca mall. They will be notified directly.

2 cases of UK variant found

The Tompkins County Health Department is announcing two positive cases of the B.1.1.7 Variant, the UK variant, of COVID-19 identified in Tompkins County.

Both positive cases were identified following travel, the county reported. The cases are in isolation and contact investigations have been completed.

The B.1.1.7 variant is a more contagious variant of COVID-19, but the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report the strain is no more dangerous.

“We are seeing more presence of this variant in the U.S. and that may continue,” said Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa. “We all still have a part in stopping the spread, and must continue to diligently wear masks, avoid crowds, and keep distance from one another.”

Cayuga County offers no-cost testing clinic

The Cayuga County Health Department and Auburn Community Hospital offer a no-cost drive-through testing clinic from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Auburn Community Hospital. Enter via the helipad entrance on Lansing Street.

The clinic is for anyone, with or without symptoms, but requires an appointment. To make an appointment, go to and click the “COVID-19 Clinics” button.