December 5, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 2/26

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Cortland County: 30 new COVID cases, 1 death

Cortland County reported 30 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Thursday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 3,666. One new death was reported.

In all, 64 new cases were confirmed in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing them to 12,426 cases since the pandemic began. Two new deaths were reported, raising the number of people who have died from the virus to 196.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 410 patients, 110 of them confirmed positive. Nine people are hospitalized, bringing to 174 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 82,100 negative test results. The county has reported 23 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 13 new cases Thursday. The number of confirmed cases rose to 3,427, reports the state Health Department. A total of 1,322,723 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 Thursday, and one new death. Confirmed cases rose to 5,333. The state reports 134,785 people have been tested. Eighty-eight 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 eight new cases on campus Wednesday and five Thursday. Seventy people were in isolation and 85 in quarantine. It has reported 258 cases since Jan. 16, but that includes positive cases of all SUNY Cortland students anywhere, not necessarily those in Cortland. Campus testing has shown 168 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 four cases Tuesday, bringing it to 695 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It was at 26 cases of its 100-case limit between Feb. 13 and Feb. 26 before it would go to remote-only learning.
  • Tompkins Cortland Community College last reported a case Feb. 18, the first reported case since Dec. 19. The total was 22 cases since Aug. 1. The college has tested 2,612 people. four 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.

Cayuga County offers no-cost testing clinic

OWASCO — Cayuga County will offer a no-cost coronavirus testing clinic from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday at Emerson Park Pavilion at 6843 E. Lake Road, Owasco.

The rapid-response clinic is for people who are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. It has no residency requirement, but an appointment must be made by going to and clicking on the button “COVID-19 clinics.”

Be prepared to wait on site for up to 30 minutes.

Potential public virus exposure

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

  • Chili’s, 608 S. Meadow St., Ithaca — 10:45 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 19; noon to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 20.

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.