October 28, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 3/2

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Cortland County reports 10 new COVID cases

Cortland County reported 10 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Monday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 3,720.

In all, 27 new cases were confirmed over the weekend in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing them to 12,556 cases since the pandemic began. No new deaths were reported, the number of people who have died from the virus remaining 196.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 391 patients, 108 of them confirmed positive. Nine people are hospitalized, bringing to 176 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 83,651 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 five new cases over the Monday. The number of confirmed cases rose to 3,457, reports the state Health Department. A total of 1,386,002 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 12 new cases Monday. Confirmed cases rose to 5,379. The state reports 137,609 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.

Colleges

  • SUNY Cortland reported two new cases on campus Monday. Fifty-four people were in isolation and 60 in quarantine. It has reported 284 cases since Jan. 16, but that includes positive cases of all SUNY Cortland students anywhere, not necessarily those in Cortland. Campus testing has shown 188 cases this semester and 103 in the past 14 days. It reported 781 cases between Aug. 26 and Jan. 9, college and State University of New York data show.
  • Cornell University reported three cases Thursday, bringing it to 700 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. It was at 30 positive cases between Feb. 13 and Feb. 26.
  • Tompkins Cortland Community College reported two cases Thursday. It has reported three cases in the past 14 days, two among students and one employee. The total was 24 cases since Aug. 1. The college has tested 2,673 people. Four students were quarantined; two were 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.

2 potential exposures

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

  • Planet Fitness, 2309 N. Triphammer Road, Ithaca — 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 24; 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 25; 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 26.
  • TCAT Route 15 — Feb. 27: 10:21 to 10:41 a.m. from Seneca Street station to Walmart; 12:41 to 1:01 p.m. from Walmart to Green Street station.

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.