October 24, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 2/24

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Cortland County: 14 new cases

Cortland County reported 14 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 3,622.

In all, 31 new cases were confirmed in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing them to 12,333 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 356 patients, 95 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 81,237 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 10 new cases Tuesday. The number of confirmed cases rose to 3,408, reports the state Health Department. A total of 1,300,427 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 seven new cases Tuesday. Confirmed cases rose to 5,303. The state reports 133,198 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 14 new cases on campus Tuesday. Seventy-three people were in isolation and 100 in quarantine. It has reported 241 cases since Jan. 16, but that includes positive cases of all SUNY Cortland students anywhere, not necessarily those in Cortland. Campus testing has shown 155 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 five cases Friday, one Saturday, five Sunday and two Monday, bringing it to 691 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It was at 22 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 2,519 people. Two students were quarantined; one was 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.

Guthrie to give vaccine in Sayre

Guthrie announced Tuesday it will open a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at a former Kmart in Sayre, Pennsylvania.

The clinic will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Monday, Wednesday, March 8 and March 9. Patients can be older than 65, or people 18 to 64 with co-morbid conditions, the health organization announced.

Appointments will be taken starting 8 a.m. Thursday and can be made through eGuthrie or by calling 866-488-4743.

Potential public virus exposure

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

  • Verizon, 720 S. Meadow St., Ithaca — 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 15.

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.